Volunteering & Training Placements
Volunteer placements are available for women aged 18 years and over at Aaina that enable 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
Women Support Services
Aaina staff provide confidential one to one services in a safe and welcoming space, they include;
- Supporting victims of domestic abuse, who are in crisis or require respite, information and advice
- Practical support to relieve poverty and hardship
- Universal Credit applications & ongoing welfare benefit support
- Housing applications and assisting with official correspondence
- Women subject to a hate crime which includes verbal, physical abuse, direct and online harassment
- Victims of Female Genital Mutilation, Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage
All activities support is available online via telephone, Zoom, Whatsap.
Health & Mental Wellbeing
Exercise and Healthy Lifestyles -
Weekly activities are organised at the Hub and the Seed Hut in Palfrey Park Walsall, to encourage healthy life styles and promote positive mental health. These include Enable exercise classes, Yoga, Walk and Talk, Falls and Balance sessions.
The Recipe Exchange promotes healthy eating and weight management to support women who want to adopt positive changes in their daily routine. Aaina works in partnership with Walsall NHS to raise awareness through wellbeing events and consultations on a regular basis.
Activities are currently available online during lockdown periods.
Intergenerational Wellbeing Activities We appreciate the stresses and anxiety caused by daily pressures and the toll these take on women, along with feelings of loneliness and isolation. To address this we provide weekly activities at Aaina and in the community. Women of all ages are welcome to participate in creative crafts, day trips, community events and workshops. The sessions facilitate positive social networks that improve social inclusion and engagement.
Activities take place on a daily basis and are currently available online via zoom with a one to one befriending service for women who struggle with technology.
Education & Training
Education & Training - The Hub has a termly programme of basic skills and recreational courses at the Hub delivered by in house tutors and in partnership with Walsall College. The courses are focused on up-skilling women of all ages in vocational skills that lead to independence and employment. Courses are delivered during daily between 9.00am and 3.00pm.
Aaina is funded to deliver free basic ESOL classes supporting women who have want to improve their English language skills to be confident enough to speak read and write, to actively engage in their local community. The following classes are currently being delivered in small groups at the Hub and online;
- ESOL, basic, intermediate and advanced
- Functional Skills - English and Maths
- Conversational English
- Basic Digital Literacy Skills
- Employability and Work Skills Training
- Sewing- Beginners and advanced and Soft Furnishings
- Vocational online courses
- Book Club and Creative writing
Contact Aaina on 01922 644006 for further information.
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 consists of local women and partner organisations who meet Bi-monthly, to share information, raise awareness amongst their networks and access personal growth training.
Oasis Community Garden - The garden was established in 2013 at the rear of the centre. It provides a safe, tranquil space for women to meditate and benefit from mindfulness sessions. Local women are able 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 activities and urban picnics.
Hall Hire - In response to popular demand we are now hiring the main hall for small parties.
Employment Skills Support
Employment - Job search sessions are available for women who are actively seeking employment. One to one support is available to develop skills that enable applicants to navigate the new Universal Credit system and ensure they fulfil requirements so that they are not unnecessarily sanctioned.
Fully experienced multilingual Officer's are on hand to support women to update C.V's, cover letters and assist with application forms. We also provide coaching in interview techniques to prepare individuals for success in securing employment in their chosen area of industry.
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. We provide access to tools that increase capacity, skills and knowledge in social enterprise and business. We also organise regular enterprise days where women with home grown business can promote and market locally to increase their customer base.