Volunteering & Training Placements
Volunteer placements are available for women aged 18 years and over at Aaina enables individuals to develop a portfolio of work related skills to improve confidence and chances of securing part and full time work.
Aaina values the contribution volunteers make to the ongoing growth and delivery of services, we welcome volunteers from all walks of life with a varied and diverse skills set. In October 2019 three of our volunteers participated in the Creative Enterprise course in Istanbul in partnership with Praxis Europe through the Erasmus Plus programme.
Volunteering often paves the way to employment, further education, strengthening social skills, community links and improving general health and wellbeing. We provide placements in the following areas;
- Customer service
- Reception/Administration Skills
- Facilitating community activities
- Teaching ICT and ESOL
- Event planning
We provide a confidential one to one service for women as follows;
- Women who are living with domestic abuse, which includes emotional, physical, verbal, and financial.
- Victims of Female Genital Mutilation, Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage.
- Women subject to hate crime which includes verbal, physical abuse, direct and online harassment.
- One to one information and support with universal credits, housing and official correspondence.
- Practical support to relieve poverty and hardship
Health & Wellbeing
Exercise and Healthy Lifestyles - Aaina organise weekly sessions at the Hub and the Seed Hut in Palfrey Park, they include exercise classes, walking club and gardening activities to increase physical activity. Alongside this we undertake healthy cooking sessions, weight management to mentor and support women who want to adopt positive changes in their daily routine. Aaina work in partnership with Walsall NHS to deliver support sessions, wellbeing events and consultations on a regular basis. Please refer to courses and clubs for further information about days and times.
Intergenerational Social/Emotional Wellbeing Activities -Aaina appreciates the stresses and anxiety caused by daily pressures and the toll these take on some of our service users. To address this we provide a number of sessions each week that reduce isolation, encourage intergenerational engagement and a positive peer support network in a warm and friendly space that facilitates learning of new skills and developing new friendships .
Activities take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at the Palfrey Seed Hut and Friday mornings at Aaina. We are dedicated to providing a friendly space that reduces loneliness, enjoying new experiences and sharing food together. The sessions are facilitated by our experienced staff and volunteers who lead and develop the support networks.
Education & Training
Education & Training - We deliver basic skills and recreational courses at the Hub and in the community both independently and in partnership with Walsall College. The courses are focused on up-skilling women of all ages to improve numeracy and literacy skills and gain vocational skills that lead to employment. Courses are delivered during school hours by experienced tutors.
Aaina is funded to deliver the free 'English My Way' course, a 24 week blended learning programme focused on supporting adults who have low English language skills to be confident enough to converse and fully feel a part of their local community. We also deliver the following in response to local need;
- ESOL - pre entry and entry level
- Functional Skills - English and Maths
- Sewing- Beginners and advanced and Soft Furnishings
- Basic Digital Literacy Skills
- Recreational courses
- Employability and Work Skills Training
- Positive Parenting course
Non vocational courses are also very popular with learners who can enrol on to Flower Arranging, Jewellery Making and Beauty related courses throughout the year.
Walsall Building Resilience Network - The WBRN has been developed in response to increasing concerns around radicalisation and grooming in the Borough. The Network also addresses wider issues affecting local women and their families which include child sex exploitation, anti social behaviour and cyber bullying, lack of confidence and assertiveness . The Network meets Bi-monthly and organises training and awareness raising events.
Oasis Community Garden - The garden was established in 2013 at the rear of the centre. It provides a safe, tranquil community space for local people to cultivate their gardening skills, whilst enjoying a spot of sunshine in the heart of the community. We have an active volunteers group who maintain the garden and organise summer sow and grow activities and urban picnics for local women and their children
Hall Hire - In response to popular demand we are now hiring the main hall for small parties.
Employment - Jobsearch sessions are organised for women who are eligible for Universal Credits. One to one support is provided to women to develop skills that enable applicants to navigate the new system and ensure they fulfil the requirements set out by the job centre so that they are not sanctioned by the DWP.
Fully experienced multilingual Officer's are on hand to support service users with help to draft C.V's, cover letters and complete application forms. We also provide coaching and support in interview techniques and role play to prepare individuals for success in securing employment in the labour market.
Enterprise - Aaina supports women with established home based enterprises to formalise and increase market presence by working in partnership with local Enterprise Hubs and Unltd, providing women with the tools to increase capacity, skills and knowledge in business. We also organise regular enterprise days where women with small enterprises can promote and market locally to increase their customer base.