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Latin American Disabled People's Project

Since 1989, LADPP has been providing services to Spanish and Portuguese speaking migrant/refugee communities in London, with a particular (but not exclusive) focus on those with disabilities. Chiefly our users are from Latin America but we also work with people from Europe and Africa. Increasingly we see the community facing barriers; language, exploitation, lack of information regarding British systems resulting in social exclusion, poverty, stress and in the worst cases, homelessness. We provide a range of services aimed at supporting people to find work, learn English, understand and receive their rights, access healthcare and education. Our aims are to promote independence, well-being and community integration.

Application deadline: 

Do you have an excellent level of written English and a genuine interest in supporting a small, almost entirely volunteer-run charity that provides services to newly settled communities in the capital? Then this volunteer role might be for you!

Since 1989, LADPP has been providing services to Spanish and Portuguese speakers, with a particular (but not exclusive) focus on those with disabilities. Chiefly our users are from Latin America but we also work with people from Europe and Africa. Increasingly we see the community facing barriers; language, exploitation, lack of information regarding British systems resulting in social exclusion, poverty, stress and in the worst cases, homelessness.

We provide a range of services aimed at supporting people to find work, learn English, understand and receive their rights, access healthcare and education. Our aims are to promote independence, wellbeing and community integration.

Role Aim: 

To support us in our funding application processes to be able to pay running costs of the organisation and volunteer expenses to continue delivering our services free of charge to the community.

Duties: 

1. Familiarise yourself with the work of the organisation, talk with the project workers and volunteers to understand the needs of the projects we are seeking funding for.

2. Research different funders, trying to identify those whose funding criteria match LADPP’s aims and activities.

3. With the support of the Project Manager and other staff members, write grant applications to funders, sometimes these can take the form of a form or they could be letters.

4. Follow up funding applications that have been made - this could be via post, phone or email.

5. Log your activities and information gathered in the LADPP Fundraising Database.

6. Work in accordance with our policies of Confidentiality and Health and Safety.

Skills needed: 

1. An interest in developing a career in grant application writing. Experience is beneficial but not essential, training will be provided both at LADPP and by local volunteer centres.

2. Excellent writing skills in English – this is important as the main activity of this role will be writing grant applications in English.

3. The ability to be target focused with a genuine interest in raising funds to support the work of LADPP.

4. Strong organisational and communication skills, being be able to communicate in an engaging and persuasive style.

5. Trustworthiness, honesty and reliability.

6. You will have a desire to give your time to the community and a genuine interest in gaining experience in the voluntary sector.

7. Knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese would be beneficial due to the nature of the organisation, but this is not essential.

Training: 

N/A

Location: 
Unit 7 42 Braganza Street London SE17 3RJ
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
One of these days could be working from home.
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here