We greatly value our volunteers at Abigail Housing and appreciate the essential part they play in enabling us to continue to help and support asylum seekers and refugees in our region. If you would like to become one of our valued volunteers please get in touch with our Volunteer Development Worker, Maggie on 07802723066 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
We can tell you about the roles which we currently need to fill. Alternatively, if you have a vision for work you feel gifted to do, we are open to proposals. To get you started here are some of the on-going roles we need your support for:
- Gardening volunteer- Can you donate a couple hours a week tidying up some of our gardens.
- House Champions- We need people to ‘adopt’ a property. You would be a point of contact for the residents to help them with personal issues as well as pass on house maintenance needs to staff.
- IT support
- Fundraising Sub Group Member
- ESOL Tutor
- Youth Fundraising Project Assistant (see below)
- Abigail Ambassador – to help our refugees attend appointments for housing, job searches etc.
- Social Group Planner – help our residents to start a new social group – cooking, skillshare, etc.
At Abigail we have a great team of volunteer directors and committee members. These individuals are passionate about our work and have expertise, knowledge and experience which contributes to the running of our projects. If you feel you could offer support in this way to our project and can see yourself in this role please contact John Hebden.
We have current needs on our board for individuals with the following areas of expertise:
- Finance & accountancy
- Housing law & practice
We have been awarded a £1,000 grant to develop a fundraising project which will raise money for our Destitution Project. Working with young people and volunteers we will plan and run a pop up café to raise awareness of the work that we do, provide an opportunity for young people to help destitute asylum seekers whilst developing their own skills and raise money for the project.
We are seeking volunteers with an interest in working with young people on an enterprise project and who could assist with planning and development. If you’d like more information please ring the Volunteer Development Worker, Maggie Lolashvili on 07802723066 or email email@example.com
Big Lottery Fund and Department of Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill fund. Leeds Community Foundation are acting as match funders and are awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill fund.
Bradford House Champions Curry and Chat!
It was lovely to meet our Bradford house champion volunteers at the Storehouse Cafe. Whilst nibbling naans and chomping curry Ian Summerskill and I were able to get to know everyone better and hear some great suggestions as to how we could make our service to our destitute asylum seekers even better. We always knew what a great team they were and seeing their enthusiasm and commitment really brought that home to us. A Leeds house champions meeting is planned for November. (Maggie Lolashvili)