Volunteering Opportunites

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 loris.konaizeh@mewso.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. 

Recruiting A New Treasurer

for our Board of Trustees

 

About Us

We are a community-led voluntary organisation, set up 12 years ago and are committed to improving the lives of women from minority backgrounds across London. We work with survivors of domestic violence, LGBTQ+ people and migrant women with no access to benefits. We provide a range of wellbeing activities and advice on domestic violence and welfare for about 500 women each year.

Our campaigns aim to raise awareness on difficult issues such as: polygamy, forced virginity testing, LGBTQ+ rights and migrate issues for women. The media is becoming increasingly interested in these issues, and our Founder and Executive Director, Halaleh Taheri, is regularly invited for interviews by various media outlets helping to raise awareness and attract supporters.

 

MEWSo is a member of several key local networks too, where our team contribute their expertise on socio-cultural taboos affecting women from migrant backgrounds.

Our Trustees

We currently have an all-women Board of Trustees who are responsible for setting up the overall strategic directions of MEWSo and support our Executive Director and members of staff.

 

We are looking to diversify our Board by recruiting a committed and passionate woman who can be our new Treasurer of the Board and who is willing to share her expertise, experience and time.

Click on the link above for more details about the post.

 

We Need Event Volunteers

Bring your smile, energy and passion

What is an Event Volunteer?

Volunteering at our events is a fun, memorable and easy way to help us rebuild the lives of vulnerable women - you will make an enormous difference.

We have lots of events coming up and we need volunteers to lend us a hand, from planning and preparation to setting up and running those events. We also participate in community events organised by other charities and funders where volunteer support will be highly appreciated.

 

For some, this opportunity maybe a one-off experience to get a taste of what volunteering at MEWSo is like. For others, it’s about meeting new people, developing new skills, or a way to give back, serve the community and support our mission.

What will I be doing?

Below is just a sneak peek of some of the ways you can be involved, and it’s not an exhaustive list. We will allocate specific tasks to you based on the event and your interests.

You may be asked to:

  • Help set up and clear up after an event.

  • Provide a warm, friendly welcome to event attendees, and encourage people to get involved in the activities and sign the guest book.

  • Take pictures of the event and answer questions from visitors.

  • Hand out flyers and leaflets, or lend support with the administration or technical aspects of the event.

  • Help on our food stand or run our stalls.

  • Accompany take our service users to funder and community events and provide any help required by our staff.

There may be lots of other activities where we could use your help.

 

What’s in it for me?

  • Becoming part of a friendly, professional and dedicated team.

  • Improving your skills and gaining new ones in event management and communication.

  • Meeting people from a variety of backgrounds and making new friends.

  • Gaining insight into the charitable and voluntary sectors.

  • You may get a chance to rotate to other volunteering roles if you would like more frequent involvement in our work.

  • And finally, it’s a rewarding and impactful experience since you will help us make our events happen, enabling us to reach more women in need and raising our profile within the community.

 

Who will I be volunteering with?

It is a team effort, so you will be working with other volunteers and MEWSo staff helping to create an amazing atmosphere for everyone involved and a great day to remember.

What skills and experience do I need?

You don’t need any prior experience, just a sense of fun, team spirit and passion for supporting our causes and services. We’re looking for volunteers who can be flexible, good communicators, with a warm and friendly manner.

It would be ideal if you could speak one of the community languages (e.g. Kurdish, Arabic, Farsi/Dari, etc.); however, this is not a requirement to be accepted for this role.

How much time will I be expected to give?

You can volunteer at one or more of our events at locations which work for you (most of our events are in the London Boroughs of Islington and Westminster, though we also have 'outings' visiting places of interest in other London boroughs).

 

The amount of time you give is dependent on your role at the event - this could range from a couple of hours per day, up to a full seven hour day. Some events will be held during weekdays, others at the weekend, but we’ll always discuss your availability with you first!

What support will I get from MEWSo?

We are keen to provide a fulfilling and worthwhile experience to all our volunteers. Once you register your interest, you’ll have an introductory chat with the Volunteer Engagement Manager to get to know you better and tell you more about our work.

 

We will have a 'briefings' meeting prior to any event so that you know exactly what you’ll be doing during the day and what is expected of you, and we'll go through some role practicalities. You will then be accompanied and supported by MEWSo staff throughout the event.

 

We will cover your travel expenses in accordance with our Expenses Policy. Other out-of-pocket expenses incurred in the course of your volunteering will be reimbursed if agreed in advance with the Volunteer Engagement Manager.

Accessibility:

We’re committed to creating and fostering an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcomed and appreciated. Our volunteering roles are open to everyone. If you have any accessibility queries, please email Loris, the Volunteer Engagement Manager, at loris.konaizeh@mewso.org

I’m interested. What do I do next?

If you’d like to register your interest or find out more about becoming an Event Volunteer, please email: loris.konaizeh@mewso.org.

Please note: We are currently unable to accept applications from people under the age of 18. 

Thank you.