This month's volunteering opportunities

If you’re a Broadgate resident, you may be able to access some of the following volunteering opportunities.*

Alternatively, if you’re interested in joining ELBA then please contact Jonathan.Tait@elba-1.org.uk.
*Opportunities will be offered on a needs basis and will be at the discretion of ELBA staff.

Community opportunities

Finance management guru needed!
Limehouse Project offers advice on a range of social welfare issues through weekly drop-in, appointments and telephone advice sessions. The team is looking for a volunteer with knowledge and experience in finance management to help audit and review its current financial affairs on a quarterly basis. This will be hugely valuable, enabling the organisation to better manage its revenues and plan strategically to create a sustainable business able to continue serving the needs of the community. A great opportunity to gain insight into the financial world of the third sector, whilst lending skills to a vital service. The volunteer will spend four half days with the organisation over the course of a year, at their offices in Poplar. To find out more, contact antonia.williams@elba-1.org.uk.

Deliver a team-building workshop for a key Tower Hamlets organisation
Tower Hamlets CVS is an independent membership organisation for Tower Hamlets voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations. They provide support to community organisations, offering resources, training courses, advice, networking opportunities, events and more. As a small organisation with a new CEO and recent staff changes, they are seeking a volunteer to deliver a half-day activity that brings them together as a team, with a focus on communication and leadership skills. This would suit one or two volunteers with experience working with teams to help an organisation build strong foundations for carrying out the vital work they do. Ideally the workshop will be delivered in late May or early June, but this is flexible, depending on the volunteer’s availability. The workshop will be delivered in the community, location TBC. To find out more, contact antonia.williams@elba-1.org.uk

Use your excel skills to support a children’s centre
Sebright Children’s Centre is a purpose built Centre based in Haggerston Park, for the use and enjoyment of Hackney families with children under 5. They provide a range of free family services from arts and crafts to drop-in parent groups. The Centre is looking for a volunteer with advanced Excel skills to update the spreadsheet they use to track the attendance of parents and children that access the services, as they do not have the capacity or know-how internally. The work is anticipated to take one to two days, and would take place at the Centre. This is an excellent opportunity to use your skills and experience to benefit a much-needed family support service. - To find out more, contact antonia.williams@elba-1.org.uk.

Help develop leadership in the third sector through Leaders in Partnership
Leaders in Partnership is a community coaching programme designed to strengthen the leadership of the third sector. By creating 1:1 coaching relationships between senior employees and their third sector peers, Leaders in Partnership enables the development of community leaders and their organisations, enabling participants to explore professional challenges and identify solutions. As a volunteer, this programme provides the chance to learn about coaching and the challenges of the third sector, develop awareness of current issues and innovations, and apply your skills in a new environment. This is a 10 month programme and has limited spaces available, so please get in touch ASAP to find out more. Contact antonia.williams@elba-1.org.uk.

Experienced finance professional needed for fantastic treasurer role! 
London Community Credit Union (LCCU) is seeking a new Treasurer to join its board. Credit Unions are member owned financial co-operatives operating under regulation of the FCA and the PRA (Bank of England). LCCU is a large credit union serving east London and the City, with over 20,000 members, over £19 million in assets, and offering members full basic banking services (see londoncu.co.uk for more details). The LCCU Treasurer is responsible for board oversight of LCCU financial operations and is expected to report, interpret, and advise the board on activities and status of LCCU finances, on a monthly basis. Day-to-day, the LCCU financial operations are managed by the LCCU Financial Director, a person with previous senior experience in a major international bank who produces a detailed monthly financial report for the board and treasurer. The LCCU Board meets monthly for about two hours, generally in their Poplar branch. Preparation for the meeting is necessary, and regular discussions and possibly meetings with the LCCU Finance Director are also required. Contact: jonathan.tait@elba-1.org.uk for further information. 

Trustees required for Beckton Skills Centre
Beckton Skills Centre (BSC) is a registered charity offering accredited training in motor mechanics, life skills and meaningful work experience to disadvantaged young people in and around Newham. The charity, an approved City and Guilds Centre, has been delivering quality training over many years, including traineeship and apprenticeship courses. BSC is seeking to expand membership of the board of trustees to widen the skills base necessary to ensure successful outcomes of key projects and initiatives. BSC is particularly keen to engage trustees with recent legal and/or finance industry skills and experience. Meetings are held quarterly at its site in the London Borough of Newham. Contact: jonathan.tait@elba-1.org.uk for further information

Marketing magicians required
Beckton Skills Centre (BSC) is a registered charity offering accredited training in motor mechanics, life skills and meaningful work experience to disadvantaged young people in and around Newham. The charity, an approved City and Guilds Centre, has been delivering quality training over many years and is currently looking at restructuring and expanding the range and diversity of services it provides, including targeted workplace skills training for hard to reach groups within the local community. BSC is seeking assistance from volunteers with digital marketing and graphic design skills to evaluate existing processes and identify opportunities to highlight and promote the services they provide for both students and local businesses. This could be achieved either through bespoke workshop activity or independent assessment of existing processes, depending on availability.  Contact: jonathan.tait@elba-1.org.uk for further information. 

Super strategists needed to support skills centre
Beckton Skills Centre (BSC) is a registered charity offering accredited training in motor mechanics, life skills and meaningful work experience to disadvantaged young people in and around Newham. The charity, an approved City and Guilds Centre, has been delivering quality training for many years and is currently looking at restructuring and expanding the range and diversity of services it provides. BSC is seeking assistance from volunteers with strategic business development and marketing expertise to evaluate its existing core business model and identify opportunities to improve processes at both a strategic and operational level. This could be achieved either through bespoke workshop activity or independent assessment of existing processes, depending on availability.  Contact: jonathan.tait@elba-1.org.uk for further information. 

Employment opportunities

Can you host an employability event or work placement for local talent?
Our employability projects aim to connect local talent to sustainable employment. We are looking for business volunteers to host and facilitate corporate insight sessions, networking events or employability workshops for our graduate and school leaver job seekers, particularly our Parity Project, supporting Young Black Men, and our Somali Graduates Scheme. In addition, we hope to provide participants with 1-1 mentoring, work placements and shadowing schemes via structured initiatives delivered throughout 2019. If you are interested in supporting us in facilitating any of these opportunities or would like more information, please email eni.timi-biu@elba-1.org.uk.

Education opportunities

Coaching accreditation support
One of our charity staff members is looking to formalise her coaching experience and training by becoming an ICF accredited coach. She needs an existing coach with the accreditation to provide 10 hours mentoring support over the next 6-8 months. The Mentor Coach must be an ACC who has completed a full cycle of their credential (through renewal), PCC or MCC in good standing. 
Contact deryl.thatcher@elba-1.org.uk if you can support with this. 

Mock Interviews with local students - 16th July
Volunteers are sought to support local students with learning about interviews and practicing their interview skills. Volunteers will conduct mock interviews 4 or 5 times with different students, with time allotted for feedback. A briefing pack with a full session plan, volunteer role and additional information (such as the interview questions) will be sent in advance. ELBA will also conduct a briefing in the morning of the session, before starting at 8:30am.

  • 16th July, 8:00-12:10, Eden Girls School, E17 5QJ
  • Volunteers will develop communication, negotiation and leadership skills. This is also a great networking opportunity, as volunteers from various ELBA members will be present.
  • Contact kerry.mulhern@elba-1.org.uk

LEAN in East!
The London Enterprise Adviser Network (LEAN) helps young people to build the skills and experiences they need to lead successful futures. It does this by connecting businesses with schools and colleges to ensures that young people are aware of career pathways and opportunities. Enterprise Advisers are business volunteers who work in senior roles. They volunteer to help school and college careers leaders to increase their engagement with businesses and to access local careers resources. They then work with the careers leaders to make sure these encounters between students and employers are the basis of a structured careers plan, providing valuable strategic oversight and sounding board for the school. This means that young Londoners from all backgrounds can access the opportunities that the capital has to offer.  Enterprise Advisers are supported throughout the process by Enterprise Coordinators. ELBA is supporting the delivery of this programme in east London and beyond, matching volunteers with a school local to their place of work or home. 

  • Anyone interested can register their interest via the national website and they will then hear from one of our team to set up a call.
  • If you have any further questions, contact kerry.mulhern@elba-1.org.uk

Inspire university students with an Insight Session
Could you host a dynamic, engaging insight session? We are seeking volunteers to host a two-hour networking and information session about how your business works and how students may get a role in it, or a similar company. We’re seeking 5-8 volunteers from different departments who can confidently talk about their career progression and current role with small groups of students. All you need to do is book a room, organise light refreshments, encourage colleagues from different departments to join in, and we will get the students there. This opportunity requires a minimal commitment but is a great, rewarding way to inspire young people. 

  • Sessions take place October-December, ideally from 3-5pm, according to your availability. 
  • Contact deryl.thatcher@elba-1.org.uk for further information

Mock Interviews with local students - 10th July
Volunteers are sought to support students with learning about interviews and practicing interview skills. ELBA will facilitate the session, with volunteers working with a group of Year 10 students (14/15 years old) as they learn about securing a job, how to read job descriptions and prepare interview answers. Volunteers will share their experience of interviews, top tips and feedback on interview answers. You will have time throughout the session to share your career journey and insight into your industry/role, to help students increase their awareness of various industries and roles open to them. Volunteers will be invited to join a briefing call, lasting 20 mins maximum. This will cover the content of the day, volunteer role and logistics. We will also conduct a briefing in the morning of the session, before starting at 8:50am.

  • 10th July, 08:30-13:30, Willowfield School, E17 6ND
  • Volunteers will develop communication, negotiation and leadership skills. This is also a great networking opportunity, as volunteers from various ELBA members will be present.
  • Contact kerry.mulhern@elba-1.org.uk

Graduate Recruitment workshop - Introduce students to your graduate recruitment process
We are hosting a Graduate Recruitment Workshop for Newham Collegiate Sixth form in East Ham and are looking for companies to get involved. This will involve you presenting:

  1. Your companies approach and process for graduate recruitment.
  2. A hands-on assessment exercise (Competency-based interview, Psychometric assessments, Group-based exercises, Presentation exercise, Case study exercise with written report, Role play, In-tray/inbox exercise, Meet and greet session.) 
  • This will be a 2 hour session taking place at the school with a combination of workshops on assessment exercises and a chance to network with the students following the workshops. 2-4 volunteers are welcome depending on what activity you wish to run. 
  • Date: Wednesday 3rd July from 2-4pm
  • To find out more, contact christine.guldborg-christensen@elba-1.org.uk

Graduate recruitment fair opportunity
London Met is looking for companies to exhibit free at their Graduate Recruitment Fair on Wednesday 23rd October 2019, 12pm -3pm to meet their diverse student population and attract future talent.  The Fair will take place at their Holloway Road campus in London and will provide companies with the opportunity to meet students and recent graduates from the Schools of Business and Law, Computing and Digital Media, Human Sciences, Social Professions and Social Sciences. London Metropolitan University is the second most socially inclusive university in the country with a diverse student population. Last year (2017/18), our student body was 69.2% from black and ethnic minority communities and 52.9% of our students were aged 25 and over with 70 per cent of students coming from the highest two deciles on the indices of multiple deprivation. Contact deryl.thatcher@elba-1.org.uk for further information.

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