If you would like to volunteer…

Bridge is a small organisation relying completely on the support of our committee members, volunteers and our donors. With no address other than a post office box and no office space and equipment, all volunteers including committee members work at their own offices/homes using facilities they provide. With the exception of our face-to-face monthly committee meetings, all communications use emails, phones, and teleconferences.
The committee’s major work is to raise funds and then distribute to those in desperate need. With money from grants currently providing the majority of our funds, writing grant applications is a priority.
Informing Bridge’s donors of the achievements that have been accomplished with their help is also critical, as is keeping all supporters abreast of the challenges facing Bridge and Bridge’s current and future clients. We try to do this currently via newsletters, emails and social media and, of course, through our Annual Report.
Events to raise awareness, both of the plight of asylum seekers and the existence of Bridge, are also important. Regrettably, the committee does not have the capacity at this time to work on events. Perhaps future volunteers might allow us to address this shortfall.
We would welcome volunteers willing to work with the committee on fund-raising and communications activities. Positions available are advertised below. Bridge does not work directly with people seeking asylum. Rather we rely on third parties to identify those in need who meet our eligibility criteria. If you are interested in direct contact with asylum seekers, please consider volunteering with the Asylum Seekers Centre, Jesuit Refugee Service or House of Welcome.

Volunteer positions available

Key responsibilities Overall

  • To be an office bearer, on the Management Committee of Bridge for Asylum Seekers Incorporated (Bridge), ensuring all regulatory and legal requirements of such an office are met
  • To attend Bridge for Asylum Seekers (Bridge) Committee meetings, the Annual General Meeting, and any Special Resolution meetings
  • To participate in the decision making of the Bridge Committee
  • To participate in the work and activities required to ensure the success of Bridge and its objectives, as agreed by the Bridge Committee and as directed by its constitution.

Specifically

  • Attend at least nine out of twelve monthly meetings per annum. The meetings may be held at a physical venue (likely to be an Inner West location) or may be held on-line
  • Assist in the preparation of the Bridge meetings by reviewing and contributing to agendas and meeting minutes
  • Participate in the decision making of the Committee in all areas including but not limited to:
    • fund-raising requirements and efforts
    • allocation of funds to Bridge clients
    • communications to donors and supporters
    • Bridge governance, and
    • Bridge infrastructure support such as website, database, processes, etc.
  • Assist with grant applications and acquittals by reviewing those developed by other Committee members and being prepared to develop some grant applications and acquittals for review (and subsequent submission) by designated Committee members
  • Assist with other fund-raising efforts as agreed by the Committee
  • Assist with various communication projects, such as newsletters and Annual Reports – as agreed by the Committee.
Skills, experience and attributes
  • An understanding of and experience with the regulatory requirements for an incorporated association and charity, or the preparedness to develop that understanding by referring to/reading the regulations
  • Knowledge of the responsibilities of an Office Holder in an incorporated association and charity, or the preparedness to develop that knowledge
  • Ability to write clear, concise and persuasive messaging – for grant and acquittal writing, and for donor/supporter communications
  • Well developed knowledge of the following tools/applications – Word, Excel, Google Docs, Google Sheets, PDF readers/writers, email, DropBox, video conferencing tools
  • Willingness to learn to use on-line grant application and acquittal forms
  • Use of computer
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
Supervision and support
  • Member of the Bridge Management Committee
  • Experienced Bridge Management Committee members available for support.
Job status
  • Position is voluntary
Benefits
  • Participation in an organisation with over 17 years’ experience of successfully providing asylum seekers in need with financial support
Job location
  • Position holder’s home
  • Monthly meetings held at Balmain Uniting Church, Balmain or alternate Greater Sydney location, or via Zoom or alternate online technology.
Job hours
  • Up to one day a week
Note: “Committee” in this document means both Management Committee and any Sub-Committee to which a member belongs.
Key responsibilities
  • In conjunction with Bridge committee, develop social media strategy
  • Enact social media strategy
  • Report to Bridge committee monthly regarding social media activity undertaken.
Skills, experience and attributes
  • Has knowledge of the workings of Bridge and of asylum seeker issues in general or is willing to acquire this immediately
  • Comfortable working in an online environment and experienced in use of all forms of social media
  • Well-developed writing and social media skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Access to own computer, and internet service. Will need PDF reader and document tools (could be Google docs), along with access to Gmail accounts and DropBox (both are freeware) and the social media platforms relevant to Bridge’s social media strategy
  • Willingness to attend Bridge committee meetings.
Supervision and support
  • Experienced Bridge committee members available for induction and direction
Job status
  • Position is voluntary
Benefits
  • Participation in an organisation with over 17 years’ experience of successfully providing asylum seekers in need with financial support
Job location
  • Position holder’s home
  • Monthly meetings currently held at Balmain Uniting Church, Balmain
Job hours
  • On average, eight hours a week for most of the year
Committee functioning
  • In addition to traditional role holders e.g. secretary, treasurer, the Bridge committee comprises approvers of financial transactions and general members
  • Committee members have no face to face contact with people seeking asylum, apart from any that occurs in a private capacity.

Volunteer positions available

Key responsibilities

Overall

  • To be an office bearer, on the Management Committee of Bridge for Asylum Seekers Incorporated (Bridge), ensuring all regulatory and legal requirements of such an office are met
  • To attend Bridge for Asylum Seekers (Bridge) Committee meetings, the Annual General Meeting, and any Special Resolution meetings
  • To participate in the decision making of the Bridge Committee
  • To participate in the work and activities required to ensure the success of Bridge and its objectives, as agreed by the Bridge Committee and as directed by its constitution.

Specifically

  • Attend at least nine out of twelve monthly meetings per annum. The meetings may be held at a physical venue (likely to be an Inner West location) or may be held on-line
  • Assist in the preparation of the Bridge meetings by reviewing and contributing to agendas and meeting minutes
  • Participate in the decision making of the Committee in all areas including but not limited to:
    • fund-raising requirements and efforts
    • allocation of funds to Bridge clients
    • communications to donors and supporters
    • Bridge governance, and
    • Bridge infrastructure support such as website, database, processes, etc.
  • Assist with grant applications and acquittals by reviewing those developed by other Committee members and being prepared to develop some grant applications and acquittals for review (and subsequent submission) by designated Committee members
  • Assist with other fund-raising efforts as agreed by the Committee
  • Assist with various communication projects, such as newsletters and Annual Reports – as agreed by the Committee.

Skills, experience and attributes

  • An understanding of and experience with the regulatory requirements for an incorporated association and charity, or the preparedness to develop that understanding by referring to/reading the regulations
  • Knowledge of the responsibilities of an Office Holder in an incorporated association and charity, or the preparedness to develop that knowledge
  • Ability to write clear, concise and persuasive messaging – for grant and acquittal writing, and for donor/supporter communications
  • Well developed knowledge of the following tools/applications – Word, Excel, Google Docs, Google Sheets, PDF readers/writers, email, DropBox, video conferencing tools
  • Willingness to learn to use on-line grant application and acquittal forms
  • Use of computer
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.

Supervision and support

  • Member of the Bridge Management Committee
  • Experienced Bridge Management Committee members available for support.

Job status

  • Position is voluntary

Benefits

  • Participation in an organisation with over 17 years’ experience of successfully providing asylum seekers in need with financial support

Job location

  • Position holder’s home
  • Monthly meetings held at Balmain Uniting Church, Balmain or alternate Greater Sydney location, or via Zoom or alternate online technology.

Job hours

  • Up to one day a week

Note: “Committee” in this document means both Management Committee and any Sub-Committee to which a member belongs.

Key responsibilities

  • In conjunction with Bridge committee, develop social media strategy
  • Enact social media strategy
  • Report to Bridge committee monthly regarding social media activity undertaken.

Skills, experience and attributes

  • Has knowledge of the workings of Bridge and of asylum seeker issues in general or is willing to acquire this immediately
  • Comfortable working in an online environment and experienced in use of all forms of social media
  • Well-developed writing and social media skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Access to own computer, and internet service. Will need PDF reader and document tools (could be Google docs), along with access to Gmail accounts and DropBox (both are freeware) and the social media platforms relevant to Bridge’s social media strategy
  • Willingness to attend Bridge committee meetings.

Supervision and support

  • Experienced Bridge committee members available for induction and direction

Job status

  • Position is voluntary

Benefits

  • Participation in an organisation with over 16 years’ experience of successfully providing asylum seekers in need with financial support

Job location

  • Position holder’s home
  • Monthly meetings currently held at Balmain Uniting Church, Balmain

Job hours

  • On average, eight hours a week for most of the year

Committee functioning

  • In addition to traditional role holders e.g. secretary, treasurer, the Bridge committee comprises approvers of financial transactions and general members
  • Committee members have no face to face contact with people seeking asylum, apart from any that occurs in a private capacity.