Volunteering at Baobab

The Baobab Centre would not be able to do the work it does without the support of our committed volunteers who give their time and their skills so generously. We will arrange to meet and interview all volunteers.  A DBS check and references will be required for all Baobab volunteers and guidance and support will be given on our child protection and vulnerable adults policies.

We currently have the following volunteer vacancies:

Volunteer clinicians: Psychotherapy/Counselling
We are looking for experienced child and adolescent psychotherapists and psychologists (at least five years post qualification) who would be interested in doing long-term work (minimum 18 months) with young asylum seekers and refugees. All volunteer clinicians are offered regular clinical supervision and are able to access fortnightly peer group supervision and clinical meetings that are held fortnightly on a Friday between 12.00pm and 1.30pm. We have some funding to support the training of our volunteers in key areas such as child safeguarding and protection, asylum issues, and on clinical professional development.

To find out more about any of these positions, please email: sheila.melzak@baobabsurvivors.org


Volunteer Caseworkers
We are inviting applications for volunteers to join our Casework Team at the Baobab Centre. We are looking for experienced people who are able to offer one-to-one advocacy and guidance for our young people who struggle to cope with the issues and barriers linked with their immigration cases and asylum support, social services provision, homelessness assessments and housing allocation, benefits, access to education, employment and training opportunities.

Volunteer Caseworkers will have the opportunity to work alongside an experienced and dedicated team in a supportive and collaborative environment. The Baobab Centre operates as a non-residential therapeutic community and members are committed to attending our meetings, activities and events. Volunteers would be supervised by our Senior Social Worker and have access to training opportunities.

We are interested in volunteers who have experience and knowledge of the structural challenges for young asylum seekers and refugees on their journey to settlement in the UK. Volunteers will have some awareness of violence and persecution experienced by refugees and an understanding of the impact of trauma on young people’s daily lives. We encourage volunteers from diverse backgrounds to apply and welcome those who can speak in other community languages.

Due to the nature of our work, a minimum commitment of 6 months is required, with possible hours to be negotiated (2 days per week ideally). Travel expenses will be reimbursed. All volunteers will have an enhanced DBS check if successful.

If you are committed to ensuring that young people’s voices are heard, challenging unfair policies and procedures, enabling access to information and opportunities, then we look forward to hearing from you!

Please forward your CV along with a brief message about why you think volunteering at Baobab is for you. Please send your CV and expression of interest to Senior Social Worker Jodie Bourke at: jodie.bourke@baobabasurvivors.org.