Volunteering

MRANG is currently recruiting for the following volunteer positions. If you are interested in a volunteer position, please complete the Volunteer application form and email it to volunteering@mrang.org.uk

Birth Support Volunteer

Accompany refugee women when they give birth. Provide refugee women with support and comfort at a challenging time when they often find themselves alone in the hospital or giving birth at home.

Starting in mid-January 2018, we will be providing a 6-week training course for a cohort of 10 birth support volunteers. The training will be provided by an accredited and practising doula who is based in Liverpool and will cover the following topics:

Week 1: Birth stories, birth culture and lineage – getting to know where we are all coming from and possible pairings we can make based on our skills, experiences and compatibility. Sharing what we have experienced around birth and how our birth culture may differ from others.

Week 2: Role or a birth support volunteer – what does a midwife do? What are we there to do? How can we minimise fear and promote oxytocin?

Week 3: Birth curve – the birth curve is a way of looking at a ‘normal’ birth, the different stages and what the mother may be experiencing during it and what we can do to support her.

Week 4: Comfort measures – practical ways to support the mother during pregnancy and labour.

Week 5: Listening and observing – practising our listening skills and observational skills through role play and viewing labours on film.

Week 6: Support and self-care – how do we support ourselves through the support we give? Self-care practices, relaxation techniques and plan for ongoing support.

After the training, birth support volunteers will work in pairs and will commit themselves to 2 visits with a mother prior the birth, being on call to attend the birth during the due date period and one visit to the mother after the birth.

We will provide ongoing mentoring for all birth support volunteers and the opportunity to attend a support group to share experiences and ask further questions.

This is truly a unique opportunity for future midwives, healthcare professionals and anyone who wants to work with births and refugees. We are looking for committed volunteers who are willing to be a much-needed support figure for refugee women living in Liverpool.

Please note that, due to the nature of the work involved, this position is restricted to female only applicants. It will be necessary for you to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

 

Casework Volunteer

We are looking for a Casework Volunteer to support us with a range of different tasks. The role would be suitable for someone with an interest in refugee and asylum issues, someone studying in a relevant field or someone who has experience in the sector. As a small charity we rely on the work of volunteers and in return can offer valuable experience.

Job Description

  • Providing advocacy and casework on behalf of service users.
  • Contacting the Home Office, Migrant Help, housing providers, and other services on behalf of service users by phone, fax and email.
  • Making referrals and signposting service users to specialist support services.
  • Accompanying service users to appointments
  • Keeping accurate records and updating our database
  • Filing and administrative tasks.

We ask all casework volunteers to commit to volunteering 6 hours a week for a minimum of 6 months.

Person Specification

  • A good level of written and spoken English
  • Confident at communicating over phone and email.
  • Understanding of the barriers facing refugees and asylum seekers in the UK
  • Experience of doing casework or studying for a relevant qualification e.g. social work, law (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of safeguarding and confidentiality (Desirable)
  • A second language, especially Arabic, Kurdish Sorani, Farsi or Albanian (Desirable)

Please note that, due to the nature of the work involved, this position is restricted to female only applicants. 

Please note that it will be necessary for you to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

Benefits

  • Up to £5 to reimburse for travel and lunch expenses per day
  • Valuable experience
  • Professional references
  • Training

 

Drop-in Volunteer

We are a women only charity that supports refugee and asylum seeking women, including pre and post natal women, victims of sexual violence, trafficking, domestic slavery and human rights abuses.

We run drop-ins at different locations in Liverpool. This is a safe place for women to come, eat, socialise and most importantly relax. We are looking for Drop-in Volunteers to support us with a range of different tasks during these sessions, to ensure their smooth running. As a small charity we rely on the work of volunteers and in return can offer valuable and varied experience, within a passionate team.

Job Description

  • Working at reception, ensuring that service users are signed in and out
  • Greeting service users upon their arrival
  • Making service users feel welcome throughout their visit
  • Helping with setting up room at beginning and clearing away at the end of drop ins
  • Occasionally facilitating activities for children
  • Assisting with organising donations and running clothes sale
  • Helping with basic food preparation
  • Helping with washing up and keeping public areas tidy

Person Specification

  • A committed, enthusiastic person
  • An understanding of the barriers facing refugees and asylum seekers in the UK
  • A keen desire to make these barriers easier to overcome for our women, by facilitating drop-in sessions and other support
  • Knowledge of safeguarding and confidentiality (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of health and safety (Desirable)
  • A second language (Desirable)

Please note that, due to the nature of the work involved, this position is restricted to female only applicants. 

Please note that it will be necessary for you to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

Benefits

  • Up to £5 to reimburse for travel and lunch expenses per day
  • Valuable experience
  • Professional references
  • Training

Requirements

  • Able to commit to 4 hours on either Tuesday or Friday

 

Emotional Support Volunteer

We are a women only charity that supports refugee and asylum seeking women, including pre and post natal women, victims of sexual violence, trafficking, domestic slavery and human rights abuses. As a small charity we rely on the work of volunteers and in return can offer valuable experience.

We are looking for Emotional Support Volunteers to provide emotional support to service users at our outreach services or through home visits. The role would be suitable for someone studying Social Work or Counselling or someone who has experience in the sector.

Job Description

  • Provide emotional support to service users as needed
  • To keep accurate records of your work
  • To work with staff
  • To support staff in making referrals as needed

Person Specification

  • A good level of written and spoken English
  • Experience of providing emotion support
  • Have, or be working towards, a qualification related to counselling, social work or health

Please note that, due to the nature of the work involved, this position is restricted to female only applicants. 

Please note that it will be necessary for you to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

Benefits

  • Up to £5 to reimburse for travel and lunch expenses per day
  • Valuable experience
  • Professional references

 

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