Volunteer With MEWSo Today
No matter where you come from or what you do, your contribution is vital to us!
MEWSo volunteers come from all walks of life, bringing with them different perspectives, backgrounds and skills, as well as passion and commitment to support our mission.
By joining MEWSo as a volunteer, you will gain experience in the charity sector and improve your skills and your employability by being part of a highly motivated, friendly and professional team. You will meet new people and receive ongoing support and supervision from the staff, as well as have different learning and development opportunities available to you so you can enhance your skills and knowledge.
We have partnered with national recognition schemes such as Tempo Time Credits so that you earn Time Credits for each hour you put into volunteering. These credits can be spent on a variety of fun activities and training workshops.
But most importantly, you will make a positive difference to vulnerable women from black, brown, ethnic minority, and refugee communities by helping to empower them to rebuild their lives.
We are keen to make your volunteering experience with us enjoyable, rewarding, flexible and impactful. So, what are you waiting for? Get involved.
For more information about volunteering with us or if you have specific questions about it, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Email Loris, our Volunteers Engagement & Programme Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will endeavour to reply within five working days.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, then please complete our volunteer application form.
Volunteer Video & Film Maker
Role Title: Video creator and editor.
Role Location: Mostly remotely, however, the volunteer is expected to meet some clients in our Islington or Westminster offices.
Starting Date: As soon as possible.
The Middle Eastern Women and Society Organisation (MEWSo) is a registered charity set up to support Middle Eastern, North African and Asian women in London. We reject every form of discrimination, inequality, and exclusion and aspire to a society where every woman lives in safety with equal opportunities. We hope for a community in which diversity is considered an element of strength and not of division.
Founded 11 years ago, MEWSo aims to:
Protect and prevent violence against women in BAME communities through its various campaigns.
Offer emotional and practical support through our advice services with particular emphasis on Domestic Violence and other Welfare issues (e.g. housing, benefits, disability and health, etc.).
Help women empower themselves to rebuild their lives after experiencing trauma and/or hardship, with workshops and projects catering to the needs of survivors.
Purpose of the Role:
We’re urgently looking for a female volunteer who can help us capture the essence of our work by filming clients’ testimonies and creating videos for our campaigns. The volunteer will help us communicate our impact and how we made a positive difference in women’s lives, as well as amplifying the voices of vulnerable women by giving them a chance to tell their stories and how they managed to overcome barriers.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities:
Meeting with clients and filming their testimonies in the presence of a staff member.
Producing proper video content to help us raise awareness about our work.
Editing videos into a suitable format to use on MEWSo’s website, social media platforms, and other outlets.
Ensuring that filming/interviewing permissions are completed in advance of shooting.
Dealing with other team members, volunteers and beneficiaries in a professional and friendly manner, and adhering to MEWSo’s policies and procedures.
Due to the very nature of this role, which requires working closely with our clients, we're looking for female volunteers who can give us a couple of hours of their time per week, initially for three months. We can be flexible to suit the volunteer’s schedule.
Skills and Experience Essential to the Role:
Experience in creating and editing videos - volunteers need to have access to their own equipment and be responsible for the equipment’s safekeeping.
A genuine desire to support a small charity and make a positive difference in the community.
Ability to take initiative and work unsupervised, but willing to ask questions when help is needed.
Good organisational and communication skills.
Can professionally engage with different stakeholders.
Friendly, committed and enthusiastic.
Previous volunteering experience working with women or Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.
Out of Pocket Expenses:
We cover travel expenses within London zones 1-9. We also cover other reasonable necessary costs by prior agreement with the volunteer.
Disclosure Barring Checks: Volunteers need to have a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check that has been issued in the last three years. MEWSo is also happy to arrange a free online DBS check for the volunteer if she hasn’t already got one.
What’s In It for the Volunteer?
You will contribute to our mission by helping us spread the word about our campaigns and capturing service users’ experiences.
You will gain work experience in the charity sector and be part of a highly motivated, professional team with big ambitions to change the lives of vulnerable women for the better.
You will have ongoing learning and development opportunities to improve your skills (e.g. rotating to new roles within MEWSo, attending training workshops, representing us at networks and events).
You will also receive certificates of recognition and references to support their professional development.
If you think you would be able to help us, we would love to hear from you! Please send an email to our Volunteer Manager at email@example.com and we will give you more details about the role to see if it’s a good fit for you.