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JRS Women's Space Volunteer

  • Location: Parramatta NSW
  • Category: Migrant Services
  • Type of work
    • Administration & Office Management
    • Childcare
    • Companionship & Social Support
    • Food Preparation & Service
    • Translating & Interpreting
  • Suitable for
    • People Learning English
    • Skilled Volunteers
    • Work Experience
  • Commitment

    Regular - more than 6 months

  • Time Required

    JRS Women’s Space is open three days per week, mostly Wednesday-Friday 10am – 4pm. Exact days/times vary and are dependent on activities. The space will require volunteers from 28th January 2019 onwards. There will also be monthly weekend 'day trip' activities.

  • Training

    JRS Induction Training and specific training focused on working with women who are survivors of sexual and gender based violence.

  • Requirements
    • National Police Certificate *
    • Working with Children Check *

    * May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.

Organisational Background: Jesuit Refugee Service(JRS) is an international Catholic organisation, with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people.

JRS Women’s Space is a women’s only ‘safe space’ that offers community activities and social programs to asylum seeking and refugee women and their children.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Welcoming all who come in, introducing yourself and asking the name of the person.
  • Politely informing clients that this is a women-only space and referring to the JRS Women's Space policy if a male enters the premises.
  • Asking the client how you can help and direct her to the person or program required.
  • Engage in general conversation with clients who are waiting, being sensitive and listening.
  • Where possible, talk to clients about programs at JRS using flyers.
  • Offer tea, coffee, water, biscuits, etc.
  • Assist with the day to day running of the women’s space.
  • Take direction from JRS project staff.
  • General cleaning and hospitality tasks.
  • Assist with child minding for women who are utilising the space.
  • Participate/assist with the set up and running of activities for women in the space i.e. yoga/meditation classes, support groups, training sessions/workshops.

Skills Required:

  • Volunteers need to be empathetic to asylum seeking and refugee women and respectful of different cultural practices and religions.
  • Good listening, childcare and organisational skills would be highly useful.
  • Women with lived refugee experience and/or proficiency in a relevant community language are highly encouraged to apply.
  • To be female is a genuine requirement for this position under (Section 31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977).

Contact: Please direct any questions regarding the position to Sarah Fraser (Project Officer) (02) 9098 9336, or Stephanie Beckwith (Project Coordinator).


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