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Volunteering at QSA

QSA works with around 100 volunteers every year, who come from all walks of life. We would not be able to provide the level of service that we do without the help we get from our dedicated volunteers. In return we offer a structured and supportive volunteer experience and we will reimburse any reasonable travel cost.

Nb. If you are interested in paid opportunities please visit our vacancies page.

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Current opportunity: Futureproof Volunteer
Closing date for applications: ASAP

Futureproof is a financial education project in Haringey, funded by Haringey Council and run by Quaker Social Action. We are looking for a volunteer to help us in our office, based in Bethnal Green. The role involves putting together our training packs and booklets printing, sorting, laminating, cutting, binding and filing the training resources we use. You may also help out on day-to-day administration tasks in the office.

Ideally you can commit to at least one day a week, for three months or more, starting in the summer. You'll need to be punctual, professional, and able to communicate well. You'll need to have an excellent eye for detail, be able to spot small mistakes and put them right. We're looking for someone who learns new tasks quickly, can work independently, and can work towards deadlines.

In return, we can provide you with a supportive office environment, and a written reference on successful completion of your time volunteering with us. We can also reimburse lunch and public transport expenses (within London).

To apply: If you are interested, please email futureproof@qsa.org.ukand tell us more about why you are interested in the post, and what skills or experience you have that are relevant to the role and what days and times you are available. Please note that we are a small charity, and only have the resources to reply to those who have relevant experience. 

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Current opportunity: Funeral Poverty Campaigner
Closing date for applications: ASAP

Introduction
If you're passionate about social justice and campaigning, this is a unique opportunity to gain training and experience in media, charity communities, events organising and parliamentary campaigning. Quaker Social Action, a social justice charity based in East London are looking for an energetic, well organised individual to support our national campaign to tackle funeral poverty. Click here to find out more about funeral poverty.

What is funeral poverty?
Almost one in five people now struggle to pay for funeral costs. And yet because of our fears and taboos around death and money, funeral poverty remains something we don't talk about. Funeral poverty is part of the wider poverty crisis where people on low incomes are struggling to afford basics like food, fuel and furniture. As household incomes shrink and the price of funerals and health and social care rise, the issue of funeral poverty calls for urgent attention from communities, the funeral industry and government.

What will the Anti-Poverty Campaigner do?
You will work closely with the QSA Funeral Poverty Officer on campaigns to raise awareness amongst the public, influence the funeral industry and influence government policies around funerals and affordability. Based in our office in Bethnal Green, you will be given training in media, communications and campaigning and support a range of campaign activities including organising events, distributing promotional material and gathering information on the funeral industry and relevant government policies.

To apply: If you are interested, please email heatherkennedy@qsa.org.ukand tell Heather about why you are interested in the post, and what skills or experience you have. Please include a phone number and email so that Heather can call you for an informal chat about the role. 

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Current opportunity: Knees Up volunteer
Closing date for applications: ASAP

Are you looking for a way to support the local community? Would you like to learn new skills and gain experience in community development work? Can you share 2-4 hours a week to support an informal community hub?

Knees Up Works on the principle that focusing on what's strong is more empowering and life changing than focusing on what's wrong.

As part of our programme, we open the doors to a community living room every Thursday morning and evening and are looking for someone to come along, meet and support residents to unlock their own ideas in an informal community setting.

 We believe everyone has something to offer so if you would like to meet and support local people in a community setting for a few hours every week, please contact Victoria Kuhr.

To apply: If you are interested, please email victoriakuhr@qsa.org.ukand tell us more about why you are interested in the post, and what skills or experience you have. Please note that we are a small charity, and only have the resources to reply to those who have relevant experience. 

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Current opportunity: Made of Money Administrative Assistant volunteer
Closing date for applications: ASAP

Made of Money is a family learning, financial education project. We are looking for a volunteer Administrative Assistant. We need someone to help with making resource boxes, including using the computer to print out materials, and laminate, cut, and collate them. In addition the role includes database entry and other day to day office support.   

We are looking for someone to commit 1 - 2 full days a week, over a minimum of 3 months. Computer skills and great attention to detail are needed for this, as is an ability to work independently. We are able to reimburse travel within London by public transport and lunch.

To apply: If you are interested, please email us at madeofmoney@qsa.org.uk, and tell us more about why you are interested in the post, and what skills or experience you have. Please note that we are a small charity, and only have the resources to reply to those who have relevant experience. 

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Current opportunity: Made of Money volunteer
Closing date for applications: ASAP

In this role you will support Made of Money project in their day to day office administration. This primarily involves making up of resource packs for our trainings, including printing out materials, and laminating, cutting, and collating them.  In addition the role includes database entry and other day to day office support. We are looking for someone to commit two full days a week, for a minimum of 3 months. Computer skills and great attention to detail are needed for this, as is an ability to work independently.

To apply: please download the expression of interest form, then send the completed form to madeofmoney@qsa.org.uk or by post to Made of Money, QSA, 17 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PJ.

Contact Kristina on 020 8983 5043 for more details.

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Regular opportunity: Homestore volunteers

If you can travel to Stratford in Newham every week, you may be interested in volunteering at our community furniture reuse project, Homestore. The main roles available are:

- Office assistant

Office assistants work alongside the Sales Administrator to run an efficient and professional service to our customers. The role involves customer service, admin and record keeping, data entry, answering telephones, assessing of the suitability of furniture donations, arranging collections and liaising with the warehouse and drivers.

- Driver's assistant

Driver's assistants work alongside the driver on collections and deliveries, helping to ensure donors of furniture and customers receive a polite and reliable service. The role involves loading and unloading vehicles, helping to plan routes, keeping the warehouse stock in order and assisting with maintaining the vans.

To find out more and apply, contact Homestore's manager Jim on 020 8519 6264 or email jimcarling@qsa.org.uk.

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If you are interested in volunteering, but can't find a role here at QSA that is right for you, why not get in touch with your local volunteer centre?

 
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