Details of the Afghan Women’s Support Group:
Afghan Women’s Support Group is a support group for vulnerable women and their children from Afghanistan, based at the Nestle Avenue Children Centre and co-ordinated by Khalida Obeid, an interpreter and advocate from Afghan community. Women and their children under 5 years old are coming from different parts of London Borough of Hillingdon every Wednesday from 12 till 3 o’clock during term times. The women have English classes and also each week, I (Khalida) organise different professionals to come to the group and give information regards to their needs.
The aim of setting up this group was to support each woman individually as they had experienced torture, war, poverty and losing a member of their family. It wasn’t an easy work because these women were vulnerable, isolated, and depressed, most of them illiterate in their own language (Dari and Pashto) and did not have any self esteem and confidence. The aim of having the group is to help remove language barriers and explain cultural differences for them without losing the sense of their cultural identity, supporting and empowering the women to come out of isolation and depression, to give them hope for equality and well being, to make positive change in their life and their family life and move forward and integrate with other communities, fight against violence and gain confidence .
Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:
During the three hours of volunteering as a crèche worker with the Afghan Women’s Support Group based at the Nestles Avenue Children Centre every Wednesday afternoon form 12-3:00 during term time, the volunteer will take responsibility in looking after the children in the crèche alongside the qualified paid member of staff. The volunteer will receive basic in-house training on safeguarding, equal opportunity, health and safety and confidentiality. The volunteer will be involved in different tasks such as preparation of snack time, tidying up routines, play and song time and art and crafts.
Skills you Required from the Volunteer:
- Have good communication skills
- Be able to work with children
- Have basic understanding of child’s development
- Have enough patience and be approachable
- Multi-task and be able to work in a busy environment
- DBS check required
Additional Benefits to the Volunteer:
- Will be recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
- All hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, leading to an invitation to the End of Year Volunteers Dinner
Interested? Apply below!