SOUTHALL BLACK SISTERS
VOLUNTEER WITH US
Your time will make a life-changing difference
Volunteers contribute to a large part of the work at Southall Black Sisters and consequently, we are always looking for volunteers to support our vital frontline work from filing and data entry to advocacy and outreach work.
Empowering and helping BME victims of domestic violence is hugely rewarding work and presents a unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic, life-changing and leading advocacy service for BME women. It also presents a chance to work with like-minded colleagues.
Volunteering will give you a chance to give back and enrich your experience as well as enhance your skills and gain valuable experience.
We require assistance in all areas of our work and operations including:
- Data entry; managing and sorting/archiving files
- Helping Clients complete administration forms e.g. applications for benefits
- Drafting statements; collating evidence; drafting letters of support/complaints, compiling case studies.
- Assisting on reception or our helpline advice line
- Assisting with the creation of content for our website and social media, creating posts/tweets/blogs promoting our services and ongoing campaigns and events.
- Accompanying clients to appointments, court and to make police reports.
- Assisting the Director with legal/policy and strategic litigation work.Acting as an SBS steward at our demonstrations.
Our working hours are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. However, due to the volume of work we are able to accommodate volunteers on a Saturday.
All volunteers must commit to our our aim to empower women and assist them in overcoming obstacles that hinder their right to equality, human rights and freedom.
Go to the end of the page to apply.
Testimonials from our volunteers:
“I have been volunteering with SBS for 2 years. I was keen to volunteer at SBS as I was keen to learn more about actively promoting women’s rights here in the UK. I have done work as a volunteer that I never imagined myself able to do, from accompanying clients to legal meetings, taking detailed client statements, and finding refuges for clients in need.
I have really enjoyed volunteering at SBS, as I have learnt so much from everyone in the office, and from all the tasks I have been given to do. I have learnt that even the mundane jobs such as filing play a vital part in keeping a woman safe from danger, and getting her the justice she deserves. Every day is a new challenge, and I leave grateful that I could do something that has made a positive change to someone’s life.
I can honestly say its one of the most interesting things I’ve done, I have met some wonderful people, and I would recommend volunteering at SBS to anyone who is up for a rewarding challenge.”
“I’ve really enjoyed the 6 months I have volunteered at SBS. They are a very hands-on team and you get a real in-depth understanding of the work that they do. You get to experience first hand what a positive and life-changing effect they have on so many women.
As a volunteer, I have had many different roles: Admin Support – helping with the website, social media, reception. Advocacy Support – Refuge Searches for clients, case filing and upkeep. Client Support – Accompany clients to meetings at the Job Centre or to see their Solicitors.
Working with SBS has really helped me to put everything into perspective personally and professionally. Although I am only a supporting role, I genuinely feel that a win for SBS is a win for me.”
“Volunteering at SBS has been one of the most interesting and rewarding jobs I have had to date. I have been working there for almost a year, in which I have witnessed first hand that social change is possible, and charity work truly does make an incredible difference to the lives of individuals. My time at SBS has been highly educational and I have been able to gain an invaluable insight into UK immigration law, the role of racism and nativism in UK institutions, harmful religious practices, and negative societal and cultural traditions that all have a significant impact on the lives of BME women. It has been highly motivating to know that the work I do for this organisation is part of a wealth of emotional and practical support for vulnerable women that mitigates the impact of racial and gender inequalities in society and ensures that basic human rights are upheld, and needs are met. The women at SBS work incredibly hard to support women in need in the UK and abroad, and their passion and commitment to fighting inequality and injustice is something that I hope will continue to inspire me throughout the rest of my political career.”
“As a student social worker, volunteering at SBS has been an invaluable experience! Although my role was admin based, it gave me an insight into the complex casework SBS advocates carry out. The experience has given me an opportunity to further develop my skills in information gathering by listening to how others carry out risk assessments!
It was also a positive experience to see all the staff members in SBS campaigning for the same course so strongly! I felt welcomed into the organisation by all the staff members including senior management. Everyone has also been accommodating of my needs as a students, giving up time to explain the policies and campaigns run by SBS.
I am very grateful for the placement where I had a great opportunity to learn more about the great work SBS carry out.”
You must be aged 18 and over to volunteer and have cleared the disclosure and barring service checks. Women from all backgrounds are welcome although as a BME group we have a particular demand for South Asian speaking volunteers.
You will be supported by a manager who will provide you with guidance and training in the specific area of work you are allocated. We expect our volunteers and permanent staff to work together in partnership to achieve the same goal.
Depending on your experience and ability you can assist with anything from data entry and filing to supporting clients with appointments or court hearings or assisting advocates with the progression of cases generally. You are also encouraged to get involved in campaigns and events run by SBS.
There is no minimum amount of time that must be given to the organisation but obviously the longer you can commit the more time we can invest in training you to do a range of work. We can allocate tasks depending on the time you are able to commit. Even a few hours a week can help us with tasks connected to our social media or events.
Yes. Depending on the type of benefit you are claiming for further information please go to volunteering while on benefits.
All voluntary work must be disclosed to the Benefits department from which you are receiving benefits.
Our working hours are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. However, due to the volume of work we are able to accommodate volunteers on a Saturday 10 am to 4 pm too.
We can consider a small amount of placements throughout the year but especially during the summer. We can only take a limited amount due to the time/training investment needed. We recommend you apply well in advance ideally by the end of May.
We require a minimum of one full day per week for 6 months. Obviously the longer you can commit the more time we can invest in training you to do a range of work. We can allocate tasks depending on the time you are able to commit. Even a few hours a week can help us with tasks connected to our social media or events.
You must be aged 18 and over to volunteer and have cleared the disclosure and barring service checks. Women from all backgrounds are welcome although as a BME service we have a particular demand for South Asian speaking volunteers.