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About the organisation

Laamiga

Laamiga, started in 2010, is a charity run by women for Black Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee women. Laamiga means “pathway” and helps women find new directions. Many women from migrant and refugee backgrounds have a wide range of skills and are very resilient despite facing issues like low income, lone parenthood, and discrimination in employment. Female mentors can help them find new ways to use their talents, skills and knowledge in satisfying work, and help them take the first steps towards employment or setting up their own business. Mentors volunteer 4 hours a month.

Application deadline: 

Could you help other women develop their confidence and gain more independence?

• Would you like to volunteer to work on a 1-1 basis and make a difference to someone’s life?

• Could you help someone take steps towards employment, volunteering or to improve their English?

• if you are ready to share your experiences and skills to help other women achieve their goals, maybe you could be a mentor for Laamiga.

Role Aim: 

A woman mentor is an experienced and trusted adviser or guide. On a general level, your role as a mentor is to build a relationship of mutual trust with the mentee you work with and to act as an effective model for them. Your role will include listening, informing and advising the mentee and also demonstrating an understanding of the problems and challenges faced.

A key aspect of your role will be to provide encouragement and motivation. In this respect, you will be trying to help women to become more fully aware of their ability to succeed and to gain a realistic, but imaginative, insight into the range of employment prospects and other opportunities that are open to them.

Due to the nature of the volunteering opportunity, we can only accept female volunteers.

Duties: 

Work with your mentee in a one-to-one setting.

Offer objective, supportive assistance to help your mentee through an important transition in their lives.

Assist your mentee in setting and working towards meeting goals, whether it’s personal, social and educational.

Offer practical help when needed which may include referring the mentee on to more specialised help.

Take part in training.

Attend and contribute at mentor support sessions.

Keep accurate records of meetings with mentee.

Skills needed: 

You have an awareness of why people require mentors.

You have the potential to develop, through training, the skills required to mentor.

You are able to communicate effectively with people.

You have the ability to learn.

You have an awareness of your own strengths and limitations.

You have the basic commitment level asked for.

You have a basic understanding of mentoring.

Your reasons for volunteering are appropriate.

You will not discriminate against people or limit their development through your own beliefs.

Training: 

Three x 2 hour Mentor training workshops on:

Mentoring skills, coaching and motivational skills, and emotional and resilience workshops

Location: 
Camden and Islington
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
The role is available on all days of the week, with one to one meetings at a time, day and place suitable for both mentors and mentees

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