Volunteering opportunities

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IRMO employs more than 80 volunteers who do everything from English teaching to running women’s groups and activities for children. We’re always on the lookout for positive, energetic people that are willing to donate their time and skills to IRMO.

For further information, please contact us at volunteer@irmo.org.uk

Coming opportunities

EDUCATION AND TRAINING VOLUNTEER MENTOR

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join our growing organisation and be part of our Latin American Youth Forum (LAYF). Aimed at 13-24 year olds, LAYF supports young Latin Americans and Spanish and Portuguese speakers more widely to access education, training and employment, boost their social and emotional capabilities, and experience increased social cohesion.  The post holder will mentor young people, providing regular one-to-one support to facilitate access to training, education and volunteering opportunities. The post holder will ensure to support participants to enrol in school, college or university and on how to apply for loans or bursaries to support their education.

Days and hours: 4 hours per week on Wednesday PM. Alternatively, two hours on Wednesday and Friday PM

Term: Minimum voluntary commitment of 3 months
Reporting to: Programme Manager – Children, Young People and Community/Wellbeing
Key skills: Spanish, Portuguese (desirable) and English

For more information please check the role description here. To apply, please send your CV and a brief covering letter explaining your interest and motivation for this role to ludovica.picone@irmo.org.uk by Sunday 7th April.

BILINGUAL RECEPTIONIST (KEY CONTACT)

About the role

Our team of Key Contacts is the backbone of our organisation. Your responsibility will be to provide information on and promote our different services and projects and to ensure that our service users’ requirements are met. As a key contact, you will be at the front desk of our organisation greeting members from the Latin American community, helping them with general enquiries and referring them to the relevant service. You are expected to register clients, organise appointments, and answer the phone and emails. You will be supported by other volunteers and project coordinators.

This role will allow you to improve your administrative, communication and customer service skills. The position will also give you the opportunity to improve and practice your language skills in Spanish, Portuguese and English, and to gain confidence working in a multicultural environment.

Role Information
Days and hours: Monday through Friday mornings or afternoons. Alternatively, two days a week 10:00 am to 17:00

Term: Minimum voluntary commitment of 3 months
Reporting to: Project Coordinators
Key skills: Spanish, Portuguese (desirable) and English

 

VOLUNTEER ESOL  TEACHER FOR ADULTS

About the role

Teaching English to people with little or no grounding in the language is a very challenging task, so patience and persistence will be required. Your contribution will be invaluable as by empowering your students through language you are pre-empting their possible lapse into long-term unemployment and social marginalisation in their community, together with the resultant stress this may place on their loved ones.

Role Information

Hours: 3/4 hours per week including preparation time

Days: TBC

Term: A minimum commitment of 3 months

Reporting to: Project Manager

 

VOLUNTEER WELFARE ADVISER

About the role

As welfare adviser, you will provide one to one welfare information and advice on benefits, including online housing benefit applications, housing issues, working and child tax credit, universal credit, and tax rebates. You will also provide independent information and advice to individuals about social security benefits.

 Role Information

Days and hours:  Fridays 10 am-2 pm
Term: Minimum commitment of 6 months
Reporting to: Advice & Information Project Manager

Skills: Interpersonal and communication skills, IT skills, fluency in Spanish and English are essential, Portuguese (desirable).

 

VOLUNTEER BILINGUAL HOMEWORK CLUB FACILITATOR

About the role

The over-all aim of the Homework Club is to help Latin American children thrive at school, overcome language barriers and reach their full potential. As a Volunteer Homework Teacher, your role would be to support the running of a weekly Bilingual Homework Club, supporting Spanish and Portuguese-speaking children aged 5-12 years old with their homework.

Role Information

Days and hours: Fridays 4:00-6:30 pm (no planning/preparation time required)

Term: Minimum voluntary commitment of 3 months

Reporting to: Children ESOL Classes and Activities Lead Worker

Skills required: Fluency in Spanish & English are essential. Portuguese desirable.

 

ESOL TEACHER FOR CHILDREN (5-7 year olds) or (8-12 year olds)

About the Role

We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and pro-active individual with experience teaching children to run one of our weekly ESOL classes for Spanish/Portuguese speaking children who have recently migrated to the UK. The post-holder will be responsible for planning and delivering creative and interactive ESOL classes for up to 10 children aged 5-7 years old.

Role Information

Hours and Days: Mondays 4-6:30 pm (plus 1 to 2 hours for planning and preparation)

Term: Minimum voluntary commitment of 3 months

Reporting to: Family Project Coordinator

Skills Required: Fluent in English (essential) and intermediate Spanish or Portuguese (desirable)

 

VOLUNTEER LEARNING PARTY FACILITATOR

About the role

To plan and deliver a diverse programme of creative activities that support children’s development and foster learning through art and play. As a Volunteer Learning Party  Facilitator you will be working with Latin American children (mainly Spanish-speakers) aged 5-12 years old, who have recently migrated to the UK and are not yet in school or have only just started. As a result they speak little to no English.

Role Information

Days and hours: Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm (plus 1 or 2 hours for planning and preparation and 15/30 minutes tidy up time after session)

Term: Minimum 3 months

Reporting to: Children ESOL Classes and Activities Lead Worker

Skills required: IT skills, fluency in Spanish and English are essential. Portuguese desirable.

 

VOLUNTEER SCHEME COORDINATOR

About the role

You will work closely with IRMO’s staff to recruit, interview, and induct  new volunteers for vacancies across all projects and activities following IRMO recruitment procedures and volunteer policy. You will provide inductions to new volunteers and, ensuring they understand  all relevant policies, including safeguarding and confidentiality. As part of this role, you will also be responsible for organising social, cultural and team-building activities for volunteers. When required you will communicate on behalf of IRMO to various stakeholders such as volunteer centres, UK and EU universities and learning providers. You will recruit ERASMUS volunteers and build on the existing network of EU partner universities. You will also monitor the work of the volunteer scheme through feedback forms and surveys sent to volunteers at the beginning and the end of their involvement.

Role Information

Days and hours: 20 hours per week

Term: Minimum voluntary commitment of 6 months

Reporting to: Director

Skills required: IT skills, fluency in Spanish and a good level of English are essential.

 

VOLUNTEER SCHEME PROJECT ASSISTANT

About the role

You will be working with the Volunteering Scheme Project Manager in recruiting and interviewing new volunteers in order to fill available vacancies. This position involves working within a team and with other Project Coordinators. You will also have the opportunity to help design appropriate training programmes and cultural activities for our volunteers. When required you will be able to communicate on behalf of IRMO with partner organisations, such as volunteer centres, charities and learning providers. At times you will also help the volunteer team coordinate evaluative sessions, and feedback to ensure the success of our volunteers and IRMO’s goals.

Role Information

Days and hours: 16 hours per week

Term: Minimum voluntary commitment of 6 months

Reporting to: Volunteer Scheme Project Manager

Skills required: IT skills, fluency in Spanish and a good level of English are essential.

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