volunteer opportunities
A member of the British Army Band shows children how to create music during a community outreach

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

— Elizabeth Andrew

Lifesong Kenya and its success hugely depends on the participation of volunteers. The boys and young people we work with need a helping hand from people from all backgrounds. Our work involves the following:-
  • visiting boys in juvenile prison
  • tracing their families and the people they have wronged
  • reconciling and reintegrating the boys back into the community
  • teaching basic business skills
  • providing debt relief and financial counseling

Volunteer opportunities

Areas that need your involvement include:-
  • Fund raising
  • Teaching
  • Creative Writing
  • ICT training
  • DIY projects
  • Resource mobilization
  • Office Assistance
  • Field Work
  • Running and biking to raise funds and awareness
  • Health camps
  • Campaigning

Roles of Volunteers

Volunteer Coordinator

The volunteer coordinator will assess the needs of Lifesong Kenya for volunteers and meet them through recruitment, placement and retention of volunteers

Roles of Volunteer Coordinator

  • Researching and writing volunteer policies and procedures
  • Generating appropriate opportunities for various volunteers and describing their roles based on Lifesong Kenya needs
  • Promoting volunteering through recruitment and publicity strategies and campaigns that will increase volunteer involvement
  • Monitoring and evaluating activities and writing reports for funders and trustees of the organization
  • Offering advice and information to volunteers, organizations and partners

Community Development Worker/Social Worker

The volunteer will help communities to bring social change and improve the quality of life with individuals and families receiving Lifesong Kenya services

Roles of Community Development Worker/Social Worker

  • Identify community skills, assets, issues and needs of the recipients of Lifesong Kenya services
  • Building links with other groups and agencies that will add value, provide funds and partnership opportunities
  • Helping to raise public awareness on issues affecting the community
  • Preparing reports and policies
  • Raising and managing funds
  • Developing and implementing strategies
  • Tracing and linking children with their families

Resource Mobilizer

This position can be done online but an onsite visit is highly advised. The individual will be tasked to increase contributions of individuals and groups by building relationships and exploring new fundraising avenues from various sources as well as mobilize resources needed.

Roles of a Resource Mobilizer

  • Mobilizing in-kind donations such as computers, books, learning material e.t.c
  • Fundraise for our programmes and activities
  • Build our network with other like minded organizations
  • Locate and create relationships with donors and partners
  • Connect our organization with volunteers
  • Locate organizations that are offering funding and resources

Fundraiser

This position is to be filled by an individual who will be tasked to increase contributions of individuals and groups by building relationships and exploring new fundraising avenues from various sources.

Roles of a Fundraiser

  • Build and develop new networks with existing and potential partners and supporters
  • Raise awareness of the work and needs of Lifesong Kenya
  • Inspiring new supporters to raise money while maintaining and developing existing relationships for purposes of raising more funds and in-kind resources for Lifesong Kenya programmes and activities
  • Organizing activities and events that are aimed at collecting goods and money for projects
  • Developing and implementing strategies for individual and corporate supporter recruitment and development
  • Increasing funding by researching and targeting partners/donor whose criteria match Lifesong Kenya’s aims and activities
  • Managing and updating databases to record donor contact and preference information

Life Coach

This is a position that is to be filled by an individual who will teach the children basic life skills and how they can respond to issues and challenges they face in their life. The life coach should be able to have a manual, ice breaker games and be ready to put the children’s interests at the centre.

Roles of Life Coach

  • Teach life skills
  • Mentor and direct the children on responsible lifestyles
  • Provide complimentary service to teachers and other staff by addressing the needs of learners who require help in overcoming barriers to learning in order to achieve their full potential
  • Liaising with staff to identify learners who would benefit from mentoring
  • Helping learners who are underperforming in their subjects, either on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting
  • Developing and implementing strategies to support learners by building their self-esteem and confidence
  • Advising parents and guardians on behavior strategies and parenting skills
  • Maintaining accurate records and preparing written progress reports on work carried out
  • Helping source for funding and resources to support learners and other activities
  • Helping with transition activities for learners moving from primary to secondary school

Counselor

The counselor will provide support that will enable service users to help themselves

Roles of Counselor

  • Giving evidence in prison
  • Preparing and maintaining accurate records for legal action
  • Liaising with, and making referrals to other agencies
  • Recommending and sometimes making decisions about the best course of action for a particular service user
  • Offering information and support to service users and their families
  • Conducting interviews with service users and their families to assess and review their situation
  • Visiting juvenile offenders, tracing their families and the people they have wronged
  • Helping service users explore their feelings and emotions that are often related to their responses to issues
  • Helping service users come to terms to what has happened and come to terms with it

Probation Officer

The volunteer will manage offenders in order to protect the public and reduce re-offending

Roles of Probation Officer

  • Work with juvenile offenders in custody, those released and those on probation
  • Interact with offenders, victims, police and prison staff on a regular basis
  • Come up with community payback (community service), offending behavior programmes and alcohol or substance abuse
  • Gathering information and feedback from victim(s) about the impact of the offenders and any fears and concerns about the proposed release of a prisoner
  • Attending court proceedings and sometimes testifying about written recommendations compiled in the report