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No Recourse to Public Funds Support Volunteer

Client Development
We are seeking someone who can offer one day or two half days per week.

Team Information

Our Destitution Co-ordinator provides focused support to our No Recourse to Public Funds clients. We also aim to make links with other NRPF services in London to provide the highest quality service to our clients with specific cultural needs.

Clients with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) are at high risk of homelessness and destitution because they cannot access mainstream housing, welfare benefits and employment. Services can find it difficult to engage with NRPF clients due to the limited support options available. Having no recourse to public funds is not necessarily a problem – NRPF migrants can be studying, working or living in the UK providing they meet the required immigration controls and can support themselves. For voluntary sector services, it is those clients who have never been or are no longer self-sufficient, or whose immigration status has changed or was never regularised 5
, who are likely to present as NRPF with no means of support. This can often be after a long period of destitution or after employment arrangements or support networks have broken down

About this Role

Your role as a volunteer would be to help deliver this much needed service by directly supporting client work and making links with similar organisations/initiatives across London.

Tasks will include:

  • Researching and resourcing other NRPF services in London specific to our client’s needs ensuring that information is kept up to date
  • Visits and/or regular contact with clients in accommodation to ensure ongoing client well-being
  • Attending appointments with clients to external support services such as GP or other health services
  • Engage with clients to ensure that they are receiving full support from the teams at The Passage, for example the Health, Substance misuse and other teams as relevant

Qualities needed:

  • Aged 18 or over - essential
  • Good knowledge of housing, homelessness and associated issues
  • Knowledge of issues affecting people who have NRPF
  • Ability to demonstrate an inclusive and non-judgmental attitude
  • Reliability and willingness to commit to regular shifts
  • Patience and ability to engage with others

What you can expect:

  • Supervision from Destitution Co-ordinator
  • Volunteer induction to The Passage
  • Travel expenses reimbursed in line with our finance policy
  • A friendly environment, a rewarding experience and the opportunity to help tackle homelessness

Recruitment Method

Complete the application and Equality and Diversity monitoring forms and email to volunteering@passage.org.uk The role is subject to the provision of two references, an informal interview and attendance at a Volunteer Induction session. For questions about the role or the application process, please contact the Volunteering Team on 0207 592 1863

Application Form

Please download an application form. Email completed forms to volunteering@passage.org.uk or post printed forms to St Vincent's Centre, Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1NL

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If you have any questions relating to volunteering, please contact the Volunteering Team

 020 7592 1863