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Afghanistan and Central Asian Association

The Afghanistan and Central Asian Association (ACAA) is a small but successful Afghan organisation founded in 2001 by Dr Nooralhaq Nasimi, a refugee who arrived in the UK with his young children in 1999. The family all work on a voluntary basis to support the grievances and needs of refugees in the London in integrating them into mainstream British Society, thus focused heavily on social integration and social mobility of the refugees and migrants, as well as empowering Afghan citizens back home in Afghanistan.

The ACAA has two offices in London, one in Lewisham and one in Hounslow. The organisation offers a range of services that rely heavily on the work of refugees.

These include- ESOL classes for men, women and children Supplementary Saturday and evening schools for children to help them with homework as well as participating in other activities.

A free legal clinic every Monday, to inform people of their rights and services that are already available for them.

A women’s Tea corner- a place that offers companionship, a place to share experiences, make friends. Many refugees have no means of accessing services such as this if it were not for organisations such as the ACAA.

The organisation also offers mentoring support for those who require it to reach their potential.

The ACAA regularly run social and cultural events and trips and outings for refugees and migrants, as a way of offering them something to look forward too as well as increase the awareness of the charity within the community.

The ACAA offer housing and employment support to support independence, social cohesion, social inclusion and a sense of belonging. The ACAA itself provides volunteering placements for whose who wish to gain UK based work experience, as a result offering exposure to the workplace and providing a sense of purpose.

The ACAA is also focused on addressing the mental health issues that arise as a result of the refugees and migrants circumstances.

Application deadline: 

Do you want to work in a creative and innovative way to help support refugees and vulnerable people?

We are looking for a community development volunteer to:

Work on outreach

Produce publicity and promotion for the Saturday Supplementary school

Provide administrative support

Cooperate with different schools and organisations and establishing long lasting partnerships

Role Aim: 

The purpose of the role is to assist the operations of the charity in order to achieve the overall aims

Duties: 

Working on outreach

Publicity and promotion for the Saturday Supplementary school

Proving administrative support

Cooperating with different schools and organisations and establishing long lasting partnerships

Skills needed: 

Good verbal and written communication skills, ability to work in a team, ability to work in a creative and innovative way, interest in supporting refugees and vulnerable people.

Training: 

There is no formal training provided for the role. However, the volunteer will likely be working alongside more experienced volunteers, or even the founder. Our volunteers learn on the job and are effective in delivering the key objectives of the association.

Location: 
169 Staines Road London TW3 3LL
Time commitment: 
N/A
Opening times: 
The opening hours for the office are 9:30-5pm. The volunteers can work on a flexible basis, alongside their academic commitments. We expect volunteers to work at least one a week. We are also offering year in industry and long-term internship roles.
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