Please note that Hackney Migrant Centre’s drop-in is closed until further notice as a result of Covid-19. We are running a more limited remote advice line during the pandemic.

Volunteers are absolutely integral to the running of our service, both at our remote advice service and assisting with casework. We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and walks of life, and especially encourage those with lived experience of migration to volunteer with us.

Volunteer positions

Housing and Destitution Casework Volunteer

Hackney Migrant Centre is looking for a Housing and Destitution Casework Volunteer role within the Destitution Support Team (DST). Our DST is a group of staff and volunteers working together to deliver high quality destitution relief casework and to develop routes out of destitution. Working alongside HMC’s Destitution Casework Coordinator, Housing and Destitution Casework Volunteers will specialise in providing destitution and housing support for visitors who find themselves homeless and/or destitute.

Application deadline extended to 21/06/2021

Please click here for more information about the role, such as main tasks and responsibilities, time commitment and the application process. Access the application form here.

Advocacy and Casework Volunteers

Hackney Migrant Centre is looking for new Advocacy and Casework Volunteers to help run our Remote Advice Service on Wednesdays. In this role, you will conduct the initial needs assessment for new visitors, as well as supporting them throughout the day with administrative tasks and casework support. Our visitors come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and are often in very vulnerable situations; it is therefore important that our volunteers can work with understanding and sensitivity. Most importantly, we depend on volunteers to provide a welcoming and friendly service for visitors. This work will hopefully change from remote to face-to-face later this summer when our centre reopens. 

Application deadline is 21/06/2021

Please click here for more information about the role, such as main tasks and responsibilities, time commitment and the application process. Access the application form here.

Mental Health Support Volunteer

Hackney Migrant Centre is looking for a second Mental Health Support Volunteer to help connect HMC visitors with appropriate support services. You will work alongside an established Mental Health Support Volunteer advocate and report to our Caseworker for Migrant Families and Young People. Referrals to the Mental Health Support Team will come through our Remote Advice Service, as well as through other HMC teams supporting visitors with ongoing long-term casework. Please note that this is not a crisis response service.

Application deadline is 21/06/2021

Please click here for more information about the role, such as main tasks and responsibilities, time commitment and the application process. Access the application form here.

Social Media Volunteer

Hackney Migrant Centre is looking for a Social Media Volunteer to work alongside staff members and other volunteers to manage our social media platforms, including: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other communications to supporters such as our weekly newsletter. You will work closely with our Fundraiser and Volunteer Coordinator to help develop, produce and post original and shared content to publicise HMC’s activities, reflect our core aims and political ethos. You will also help with the general management and maintenance of our social media accounts. This role would be suitable for anyone interested in communications at a small charity within the migrant’s rights sector.

Application deadline: ongoing  

Please click here for more information about the role, such as main tasks and responsibilities, time commitment and the application process. Access the application form here.

Access to Justice Volunteer

Hackney Migrant Centre is looking for a volunteer to join our Access to Justice Team which exists to assist people to apply for Legal Aid funding, where it is not automatically available, and to secure experienced and reliable legal representation to progress their immigration case.

The Access to Justice Team consists of the Access to Justice Coordinator and a team of two to four casework volunteers. They undertake a large variety of work according to the needs of the individual visitor in order to assist people to progress their legal case. Principally, the work of the team includes making Exceptional Case Funding applications for Legal Aid, making referrals to lawyers and law firms to secure representation, and working with visitors to support them to engage with their legal representative. This role is suitable for candidates from both legal and non-legal backgrounds looking to gain experience doing immigration casework.

Application deadline is 21/06/2021

Please click here for more information about the role, such as main tasks and responsibilities, time commitment and the application process. Access the application form here.

Volunteer with us

If you are interested in volunteering with Hackney Migrant Centre in a different capacity to the currently available roles, please fill in the form below, attach your CV and write a short cover letter outlining your experience.

Volunteer with us

    ‘ Volunteering at Hackney Migrant Centre doesn’t just mean being an Advocate for migrants, it also means being part of a mutually supportive community. From my experience, the drop-ins have the power to turn someone’s experience of acute vulnerability into one of connection and solidarity.

    Volunteers can facilitate empowering moments in peoples’ larger journeys. And in turn, by having and sharing these experiences, the larger community benefits, both inside and outside Hackney Migrant Centre.’

    HMC volunteer