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

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

Inspire young people by sharing your story
Some of our community partners are looking for volunteers to inspire and connect with the young people they work with. These are fantastic opportunities for volunteers keen to raise the aspirations of young people in east London:

  • The Canaan Project, a project working with marginalised young women in Tower Hamlets, would love women working in business to join one of their Monday clubs (3.30-5.30pm) to talk about their job and career journey with 13-18 year olds. Canaan invite all women to share their experiences, but are especially keen to hear from BME women, working mothers or women in typically male dominated sectors/roles.
  • The Wickers Charity, that aims to reduce gang and knife related crime in east London by providing positive role models, are keen for volunteers to talk to the 8-18 year olds they support about their work, role and challenges they have overcome along the way.
  • UpRising is a youth leadership charity that provides routes to leadership and employment for 16-25 year olds who have talent, but lack opportunity. They are seeking senior leaders to share their story and connect with young people embarking on their Environmental Leadership Programme, that focuses on sustainability and community engagement.

To find out more about these opportunities, please contact antonia.williams@elba-1.org.uk

Digital Marketing Club – help charities increase their impact 
Take part in 2019’s Digital Marketing Club, a bi-monthly event bringing together east London charities and volunteers with marketing expertise. We are looking for volunteers to help charities tackle their marketing challenges, enabling them to reach potential service users and supporters more effectively. Each two-hour club will involve a short presentation, Q&A and 1:1 work, and will be focused around a key issue community organisations face, such as creating a social media strategy or using website analytics. Hosted at ELBA’s offices in the Isle of Dogs, this is a valuable, fun opportunity for marketing professionals to share their expertise with charities working with limited resources. If you think you can help, either by delivering a short presentation or working with a community organisation on their challenges, please do get in touch! Atonia - antonia.williams@elba-1.org.uk

Use your design skills to support a children’s charity 
The Shadwell Community Project is a charity that provides a wide range of collective community activities including an adventure playground, healthy eating café and workshops for children and young people in Tower Hamlets. They need the support of an individual or small team of volunteers to create the template for a high-quality newsletter and brochure for sending out to the community and potential corporate supporters. This one to two-day activity could take place remotely or at the organisation’s main hub, Glamis Adventure Playground. This is a great opportunity to help an important charity further their reach and stay connected to their audience, building connections and relationships in the local community and beyond.  To find out more, contact antonia.williams@elba-1.org.uk

Is your team looking for a way to support young people? 
This summer we have exciting opportunities to support young people from east London taking part in National Citizen Service, an inspirational three-part course designed to equip them with new skills and experiences. Teams of up to 10 volunteers will spend an afternoon teaching them about the work they do and help them develop presentation skills they will continue to use throughout the rest of the course. The NCS programme is a low-cost, accessible programme that helps young people from all backgrounds to develop themselves and their ambitions. The workshop will take place at your offices, and with multiple dates available, this is a fun, easy way to support young people! To find out more, contact antonia.williams@elba-1.org.uk

Tech specialist needed to support youth charity 
Young Urban Arts Foundation (YUAF) is a charity that helps vulnerable and disadvantaged young people go places by engaging with them through music and other arts. They are currently in the process of building an exciting digital platform that will feature both engaging arts content and links to support services for young people. The team are looking for a tech specialist to help bring their ideas to life by working with them to design a brief for a web developer. The volunteer will spend half a day working at the YUAF offices in Mile End, working with the founder to understand her vision, discuss practicalities and help create a brief for the organisation to take forward. This is a great opportunity for someone to bring their technical skills to the third sector in a valuable and practical way. To find out more, contact antonia.williams@elba-1.org.uk

Marketing expert? Help an arts charity reach their audience! 
Oxford House is a vibrant community, arts and heritage space that runs cultural programmes and provides affordable space to local organisations. Connecting with people in Bethnal Green and ensuring their programmes and events are seen online is an essential element of their work, but this is affected by limited marketing resources and knowledge. They are looking for a volunteer to help advise them on their day-to-day marketing strategy and help them raise their online profile, ensuring they reach as many people as possible. This is a flexible, potentially remote volunteering opportunity estimated to take up to four hours a month for four months. To find out more, contact
antonia.williams@elba-1.org.uk

Support migrants to improve their conversation English! 
ELATT are seeking individuals or small teams of volunteers to join either one or two engaging ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) workshops. Volunteers will work with a group of migrants who are aiming to improve their conversational English by creating mini presentations about career journeys. The sessions will take place from 10am-12pm at George Green’s School Community Learning Centre in Island Gardens (100 Manchester Rd, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3DW) on Monday 10th June and Monday 17th June 2019. To find out more, contact jonathan.tait@elba-1.org.uk.

ELBA’s BoardMatch7 - Your chance to become a trustee
Are you interested in becoming a trustee of an amazing east London charity? If so then BoardMatch7 is the event for you. BoardMatch7 is your opportunity to meet with 15 of ELBA’s community partners, all of which are seeking to recruit new trustees or board members. You’ll have the chance to learn about the different organisations, meet their CEOs and formally register your interest in becoming a board member. Becoming a trustee is a high impact volunteering opportunity that is both extremely rewarding and a great way to develop professional skills.

  • BoardMatch7 will be hosted by Bupa (1 Angel Ct, EC2R 7HJ) on Wednesday 29th May.
  • There are a limited number of tickets available so register for your free ticket now at: boardmatch7.eventbrite.co.uk to avoid disappointment.
  • If you have any questions or queries, contact jonathan.tait@elba-1.org.uk / 07950750792

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

Boost university students’ employability skills 
The London Metropolitan University MBA class is looking to create a platform conducive to networking and development with a balance between theory and practice. They hope to boost their employability through workshops, masterclasses, and networking opportunities. They would love to hear from HR or recruitment professionals that could talk about what they look for in ideal graduate candidates. They are particularly interested in sessions on networking skills, marketing skills, financial forecasting, big data analysis, public speaking, pitching, and project management. If you are able to volunteer an hour of your time, contact deryl.thatcher@elba-1.org.uk

Inspire female students at Queen Mary 
The Professional Women’s Roundtable (PWR) is an initiative to inspire female students and recent graduates to consider careers in sectors where they currently are a minority in the workforce. By connecting with industry professionals and sharing testimonies, Queen Mary wants to support students in feeling confident to apply for jobs and other opportunities where they might otherwise hesitate. 
The events are themed around current affairs affecting the sector, and we encourage speak- ers to share their personal experiences and career journeys. This is a great opportunity not only to promote vacancies, but to raise its profile of your organisation and highlight the work done to promote equality and diversity. The dates confirmed for our Autumn Term 2019 are confirmed as follows:

  • PWR Finance – 1st October, 8am-9.30am
  • PWR IT and Technology – 24th October, 6-8pm

If you would like to volunteer for this opportunity, contact deryl.thatcher@elba-1.org.uk

Fun team volunteering opportunity! Host a group of students at your office this Summer term! 
Would you like to volunteer to work with students on their employability skills, providing an insight into the world of work? Get in touch to see the dates we have available from April! Volunteers will develop leadership, presentation, confidence and communication skills. As a lead volunteer you will need to book a room and recruit 4-5 other volunteers to assist you in delivering the session. Contact: christine.john@elba-1.org.uk / 07538 195 827. 

Inspirational Assembly Speakers 
Greatfields School in Barking and Kingsford School in Beckton are looking for speakers to share their career journeys from education, in to employment, with their students. Presentations will take place for 20-50 mins during morning assemblies. Dates are flexible! ELBA will provide a guide / template to follow and a briefing in person or over the phone beforehand. Volunteers for this opportunity will develop public speaking and presentation skills. Contact: christine.guldborg-christensen@elba-1.org.uk / 07939 010 008. 

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