Action West London rely on volunteers to help us carry out our mission, and we recognise the hard work that all our past and previous volunteers have offered us, and we are eternally grateful. With the commitment of our volunteers, we can provide a vast support network to young people and adults.
Volunteers and interns can assist the charity in many ways — from helping local unemployed people through the various tasks of getting a job and assisting with job applications, to supporting young people, to helping with social media and fundraising. In return, AWL aims to give its Volunteers and Interns a wide range of experience and learning opportunities.
Do you …
- Have an interest in working with disadvantaged people from your local community to improve their lives?
- Want to access free training and support from experienced staff?
- Need work experience to develop your career?
Can you …
- Commit to 5-15+ hours a week
- Volunteer for 3 months minimum
- Volunteer for us during weekdays any time from 9:30 to 17:00
If you answered yes, then Action West London can offer you …
- Excellent experience for your C.V.
- Free training & Career Development
- Working Flexibility
- Out-of-pocket expenses (Travel and Lunch)
- ValueYou card for discounts in Local businesses
- Opportunity to help your local community
To find out about volunteering with us, please email us at email@example.com
Be inspired: our interns and volunteers talk about their experience with AWL
Action West London would like to say a big THANK YOU to all our volunteers and interns who have contributed and supported the charity. Below are some fantastic testimonials from past and present volunteers
Kiernan Perrotti, Marketing Intern, came to AWL for 7 weeks to work on our exciting new project – Action Recruitment. Kiernan is currently studying Applied Legal studies and Political Theory at Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts.
I got very excited when I learned about this opportunity because I would finally get the opportunity to work for something that I was passionate about. I have previously had experiences working for law offices or political parties, but nothing seemed to really match or give me the opportunities that I was looking for to assist in the community. Now, even though I have just started my internship, I know that this has shaped my future as I now know that I want to work with similar projects in my future career path.”
Nitosha started interning at AWL in January 2018 and was here for 16 weeks working on the Family Works project. She is currently a graduate student at Florida State University studying social work. On the Family Works project, Nitosha worked with people who are trying to gain employment, helping them create CVs and apply to jobs. She’s started a group helping people with their interview skills. For the first session, she held mock interviews and taught people how to dress for interviews. For the second session, she worked on confidence building and how to showcase strengths and weaknesses.
I have previous experience working in the charity sector because I used to work at a homeless shelter. I wanted to utilize my skills to help Action West London and learn about west London’s community. I really like helping people. The feeling of helping people and being able to say we accomplished a goal and got through it together is amazing. Being able to get people to accomplish their goals and especially when they feel like they cant do it themselves is so rewarding.
Olivia volunteered with AWL for 4 months and 13 days and got involved with the Work Programme project. She helped the advisors with clients; Duties she undertook was updating the client’s CVs, helping clients with filling job application forms and one-to-one talk with clients discussing their job objectives. She also helped with the admin side of the project. Now she is working as a career advisor for young people, working with Pre Neet and Target Neets, 16-24 olds. I absolutely loved volunteering for Action West London. You were all very welcoming and friendly and the training was so useful. It helped me a lot with my course and with getting the job I have now! I would recommend it to anyone. One thing that may be worth increasing is the opportunities to volunteers, less admin more careers advisor shadowing and work. Still absolutely loved it and miss the team.”
As a recent graduate – freshly unemployed – I was looking to embark on a career that allows for positive social impact. Admittedly, the chances seemed vague. But Action West London was one in particular that stood out from the list of companies (or more accurately, a charity and social enterprise) that I was searching for. With mere chances of success I applied – to be part of changing the lives of local community members through employment – and thankfully, Action West London opened that door to employment for me. And that was the start of my internship with Action West London.
My role as Fundraising Coordinator allowed me to get an all-round, good sense of all the various projects run by the charity, which helps to improve its local community in and through many ways. Reflecting back on my experience, I should highlight what it was like to be part of the dedicated team of staff, who takes professional but also personal approach at work. Simple things (but with great effect) such as being concerned for and caring for each other, that starts from top to bottom of the organisation, provided for that personal touch, which resonates also in helping out in our communities– that one step further. It really changed my perspective and am confident to say that it was a true representation of what it means to be ‘professional’, that it’s not just about having a suit on, but having each other’s back, i.e. crying or laughing in front of colleagues is not something to be regarded as unprofessional but an opportunity to understand each other better.
Despite all that I have gained (not to mention the vocational and people skills), I should point out some of the challenges, especially in the midst of the sector-wide financial pressures that the charity has been facing in the duration of my internship (and still continues to do so). The restrictive funding environment has not been pleasant at all, putting pressures on time and all the good wish of the staff to help people. The main challenge of course is to KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. I do hope that Action West London will, out of its resilience, fight through these times of austerity and not lose the momentum of providing that professional and personal help and support.
Just to summarise my experience, despite all the challenges it has been the utmost rewarding experience and has been a major stepping stone to my next vocation – and I couldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for the support of my managers and colleagues. Thank you team, and keep up the good work!” – Daniel started working with AWL in January 2017
Aruna, Florence and Jatinder
Aruna Mohan, Information, Advice & Guidance and Communications Intern, came to for 6 months while she was finishing a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Law School in London. Aruna worked on various projects including the Work Programme and Motivation Works.
Aruna says – I wanted to gain experience within the charity sector and really expand my horizon on what really interested me, in particular, helping out local communities. I really think AWL’s mission of assisting people not just back into employment but also to education or setting up their own social enterprises through the Acton Market project is a wonderful way to reach out to the community and make sure everyone gets a chance and a say. Having been here for the last 2 months has taught me so much not just about small charities but also about a world of communications through social media and guidance really can affect change.”
Florence Masson, a local volunteer, has previously worked in the recruitment sector for international companies in retail, hospitality and entertainment in France and UK. Florence says – I chose to volunteer for AWL because I wanted to participate to help unemployed Individuals living in West London to find sustainable employment with the work program. It is a fantastic opportunity to work with a dedicated team and to assist people in the community. I have also previously worked in the recruitment industry which I enjoy.”
Jatinder, a local volunteer, has been volunteering for Action West London since February 2016. Jatinder says – I chose AWL as I always wanted to Volunteer with vulnerable people, help people in my local community and make a difference. I moved to London in November 2015 and previously worked in the Private Sector for the Manufacturing Industry. Volunteering for a Charity has given me a new approach, I have gained new and valuable skills. From my past work experience; it has given me transferable skills which have been utilised by The Motivational Works programme.”