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 physical 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. Documents and data are shared via Cloud storage facilities and via a supporters database.
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 Facebook 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. However, in the main, Bridge itself no longer works directly with people seeking asylum. Rather we rely on third parties to identify those in need who meet our eligibility criteria. So, if you are interested in direct contact with asylum seekers, please consider volunteering with Asylum Seekers Centre or House of Welcome.

Volunteer positions available

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.
Key responsibilities
  • In conjunction with Bridge committee, refine donor/supporter communications strategy
  • Enact donor/supporter communications strategy, specifically development/ distribution of newsletters, appeal letters and our annual report
  • Report to Bridge committee monthly regarding communications activity proposed/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
  • Demonstrated, well-developed writing skills
  • Experienced and comfortable working in an online environment
  • Experienced in use of email, Mail Chimp or similar, databases
  • 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)
  • 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, six 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.
Key responsibilities
  • In conjunction with Bridge for Asylum Seekers (Bridge) Committee members, ensure that grant monies have been spent according to the constraints of each grant
  • Develop and submit all acquittals (funding reports) for grants received and ensure that they have reviewed and approved by the Bridge committee before being sent to the relevant organisation by the required date
  • Scope relevant grants for coming financial year and update schedule of appropriate grants
  • Write and submit approximately 10 grant applications according to schedule
  • Report to Bridge committee monthly regarding progress of grant applications/acquittal submission.
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 with Excel spreadsheets and Word documents or similar. Note: All our emails, files and reference documents are maintained in a shared online environment, while most grant applications and acquittals need to be completed via online forms
  • Organised and methodical
  • Able to work independently
  • Ability to keep accurate records
  • Access to own computer, and internet service. Will need PDF reader, document and spreadsheet development tools (could be Google docs and Google spreadsheets), along with access to Gmail accounts and DropBox (both are freeware)
  • Well-developed writing and budget preparation skills
  • Willingness to attend Bridge committee meetings.
Supervision and support
  • Experienced Bridge committee members available for induction, data input, support and to review applications/acquittals before submission
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, one day a week for most of the year. It is highly likely that there will be periods when more time per week is needed because grant applications and acquittals need to be submitted by a date specific to a grant application or acquittal. However, this will mean that there will be quiet periods when no applications are needed.
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

  • 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.

Key responsibilities

  • In conjunction with Bridge committee, refine donor/supporter communications strategy
  • Enact donor/supporter communications strategy, specifically development/ distribution of newsletters, appeal letters and our annual report
  • Report to Bridge committee monthly regarding communications activity proposed/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
  • Demonstrated, well-developed writing skills
  • Experienced and comfortable working in an online environment
  • Experienced in use of email, Mail Chimp or similar, databases
  • 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)
  • 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, six 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.

Key responsibilities

  • In conjunction with Bridge for Asylum Seekers (Bridge) Committee members, ensure that grant monies have been spent according to the constraints of each grant
  • Develop and submit all acquittals (funding reports) for grants received and ensure that they have reviewed and approved by the Bridge committee before being sent to the relevant organisation by the required date
  • Scope relevant grants for coming financial year and update schedule of appropriate grants
  • Write and submit approximately 10 grant applications according to schedule
  • Report to Bridge committee monthly regarding progress of grant applications/acquittal submission.

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 with Excel spreadsheets and Word documents or similar. Note: All our emails, files and reference documents are maintained in a shared online environment, while most grant applications and acquittals need to be completed via online forms
  • Organised and methodical
  • Able to work independently
  • Ability to keep accurate records
  • Access to own computer, and internet service. Will need PDF reader, document and spreadsheet development tools (could be Google docs and Google spreadsheets), along with access to Gmail accounts and DropBox (both are freeware)
  • Well-developed writing and budget preparation skills
  • Willingness to attend Bridge committee meetings.

Supervision and support

  • Experienced Bridge committee members available for induction, data input, support and to review applications/acquittals before submission

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, one day a week for most of the year. It is highly likely that there will be periods when more time per week is needed because grant applications and acquittals need to be submitted by a date specific to a grant application or acquittal. However, this will mean that there will be quiet periods when no applications are needed.

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.