Get Involved – Volunteer
As well as a number of organisational-support tasks for volunteers, our caseworkers are all volunteers too.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of what we do. By giving up your precious time for The Paperweight Trust, you become a vital conduit between those who need help and those who can give help.
We are a tightly structured organisation with scores of volunteer caseworkers who provide immediate practical help and guidance for those who find themselves alone. You become involved at a time in people’s lives when they are extremely vulnerable and you are enabling people who would otherwise be floundering.
The Paperweight Trust is fortunate to have a wonderful team of trained volunteers who help to improve the lives of our clients. They are able to provide practical support, help regain confidence, reduce anxiety and the feeling of isolation. They understand the issues that are important to our clients.
All volunteers are interviewed and are required to be cleared by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
We offer you training, mentoring and supervision so we can serve the entire spectrum of the Jewish community throughout all London Boroughs north of the Thames with satellite divisions in Hertfordshire, Essex, across South London and Manchester.
What do we look for in our volunteers?
We look for empathy, patience, sensitivity, a happy disposition and an ability to advocate for those less able.
Current Volunteering Opportunities
Welfare & Benefits Specialist Volunteer Caseworkers
The Paperweight Trust are looking for caseworkers with both experience and knowledge of the welfare & benefits system. Many of our clients are completely out of their depth when applying for benefits due to the complex rules and the daunting application forms. If you have any experience of completing any of the associated forms and/or supporting clients through the appeals system, we would very much like you to join our team.
Volunteer Caseworkers in Manchester
Paperweight, one of the fastest growing cross communal organisations is looking to recruit additional voluntary caseworkers in North Manchester to assist our vulnerable clients with practical solutions to their domestic administrative affairs. Though not a prerequisite, the ideal candidates will be practising or retired professionals in the legal, accounting, finance or social work fields. Common sense and an ability to deal with bureaucracy is a must. However, if you run a business or household, you already deal with many of the problems our clients face. Join a fast growing team, helping the community’s most under-represented – those alone and weighed down by a variety of crises.
We are seeking someone with excellent IT skills, experience of CRM and database systems in particular Charitylog, a willingness to process data entry so as to test our new system for workflow and an ability to train and support our caseworkers in using it. The role will require initiative and patience, customer care skills and a good dose of common sense. Ideally we would like somebody who is available to start as soon as possible. This is a part time role (number of hours to be confirmed), with flexibility as to when you would need to come in to our offices in Hendon. It might be possible this role becomes more permanent in the future. This is an excellent opportunity to work in one of the community’s fastest growing and dynamic charities.
Family Law Specialist Caseworkers
The Paperweight Trust are looking for caseworkers with experience of family law. Ideal volunteers are likely to be those with career experience in this area of law. Our clients are usually applying for divorce with no means to afford a lawyer. They are frequently out of their depth in understanding and responding to the documents required by the courts. The ideal candidate will be able to offer a layman’s explanation of the divorce process as well as sympathetic assistance in the completion of documents required by the courts. Our aim is to guide our clients successfully through this distressing process.