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 her 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
- ESOL Tutor
- House Moves Assistant
- 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
Bradford – Fitness Boosting, Mental Health Improving
Thanks to our new volunteer, Abigail Housing’s Bradford residents are going to be given the opportunity to have supported gym access. Working in partnership with the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in BD4 and the British Red Cross, Craig will be putting people through their paces on the gym equipment and facilitating football training. In addition to all that, he hopes to arrange countryside walks in the summer months. It is well known that asylum seekers can experience mental health difficulties exacerbated by the stress and uncertainty as they await an outcome on their asylum claims. Regular exercise can have a profound effect on depression and anxiety, reducing the effect of harmful changes in the brain brought on by stress. We look forward to hearing good reports from our residents as they attend the sessions in the coming weeks.
Leeds House Champions Paint and Plant!
Tom and John, two of our Leeds based house champions, have been donning overalls and wellies as they paint and plant at one of our refugee properties. With support from members of Redeemer Church, the Champions have been decorating the property interior to a high professional standard whilst helping residents to plant spuds, onions, herbs and a host of other edibles in the large garden. This is part of their ongoing commitment to supporting our residents practically and emotionally. Abigail Housing is a small organisation, with limited resources, and we appreciate the amount of man-hours provided by the group on this project. We recognise and value their involvement – it really does demonstrate community at its best.
Look out for pictures of the work done – they’ll be added soon!