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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: 

The Afghanistan & Central Asian Association (ACAA) is a successful frontline Afghan charity set up in 2001 and is now providing an opportunity for an international relations student or graduate to take up a place in the charity working with refugees and migrants in the UK. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who would like to develop their research and communication skills within a political context, improve their knowledge and understanding of the NGO sector and learn more about the significance of grassroots community organisations in shaping policy and supporting the most vulnerable in society.

Role Aim: 

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who would like to develop their research and communication skills within a political context, improve their knowledge and understanding of the NGO sector and learn more about the significance of grassroots community organisations in shaping policy and supporting the most vulnerable in society.

Duties: 

• Strengthening ties with the Afghan government to enable the ACAA to contribute towards government policy through representing the views and suggestions of the Afghan diaspora.

• Contacting embassies, think tanks and international NGO’s to raise awareness of ACAA’s work in the UK and in Afghanistan and to establish formal partnerships and undertake joint collaborative work.

• Contacting British politicians and MP’s who have an interest in Afghanistan and Central Asia to introduce them to the ACAA and discuss our plans.

• Arranging meetings with local councillors and the authorities in Hounslow to discuss how we can work together and engage them in our community initiatives.

• Helping in organising conferences to highlight the impact of ACAA’s work both in the UK and inside Afghanistan.

• Developing ACAA’s media presence in established British news outlets such as the BBC and the Guardian through writing powerful press releases and articles.

Skills needed: 

We are looking for enthusiastic and active volunteers who have:

• Knowledge of UK and Afghan relations

• Excellent interpersonal and writing skills

• Interest in the charity sector, refugee issues and current affairs

Training: 

N/A

Location: 
169 Staines Road London TW3 3LL
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
Flexible
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