Our staff and volunteers are at the heart of the service we offer. We value their commitment and passion, and for standing with our refugee and asylum seeking community in unity.Here are our latest exciting opportunities with Paiwand:

Volunteer Mentor (Youth Zone)

We are looking for volunteer mentors to work on a one-to-one basis with vulnerable young refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors, aged 11-18 years old, in North West London and elsewhere. The large refugee communities residing in these boroughs point to a clear need to address the well-being of the young members of these communities. The Project aims to support, encourage and productively challenge young people to define and work towards their personal goals. The role will give volunteers an opportunity to become trained as mentors, and to gain experience working with young refugees with complex needs. We will give you training, which is compulsory to complete the recruitment process. The role is subject to enhanced DBS disclosure.

About you:

  • You are passionate and motivated to improve the lives of vulnerable young refugees in Northwest London;
  • You have excellent listening skills;
  • Ideally you have experience of working with young children (but not essential);
  • You’re able to travel to and meet at Paiwand’s office in Harrow and other areas of North West London;
  • You will be able to commit to weekly meetings for a minimum 6 months.

For more information or to apply for the role please send a copy of your CV and application form (below) to Anjali Saran at


Admin Volunteer

If you want to gain office skills and be prepared for your next admin job, if you want to be part of a vibrant community and help people in need, please support us by offering your time.

If you are enjoying working behind the desk, if you like to organise information into nice and tidy folders then please contact us. We need you. 

If you would like to support us, please contact info@paiwand or call 0208 090 7741.

Sessional Youth Worker

Fees: £40/session

Hours:2 hour sessions x 1 per week

Responsible to:Youth Project Manager

Job length:30 sessions/9 months

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To plan and deliver a weekly Youth Club which comprises of focused activities.
  • Prepare a programme for each session thoroughly in advance and review content, presentation and relevance.
  • Source external organisations that can provide ad hoc sessions in life skills and applied arts.
  • Keep appropriate and efficient records.
  • Report on the development, progress and attainment of young people.
  • Participate in meetings which relate to the project delivery.
  • Communicate and work effectively with other members of the team.
  • Check young people’s feedback with the Youth Project Manager and act on any relevant points related to the feedback.
  • Follow policies on health & safety, equal opportunities, safeguarding children and child protection in all aspects of work.
  • Assist with the supervision of young people, on a rota basis.
  • Facilitate and motivate a lively participation in group by each young person, not simply the more confident ones.
  • Work with the Youth Project Team so ensure continued and increased engagement in the group.

Our Commitment To Equality:

  • To deliver our commitment to equality of opportunity in the provision of services all staff are expected to promote equality in the work place and in the services we delivers
  • To ensure services provided for young Afghan refugees and asylum seekers are accessible to all members of the community and reflect the Afghan Association Paiwand Equal Opportunities Policy

Please email your CV and application form (below) to by Sunday 1st September 2019.


Wellbeing Support Manager

Job Title: Wellbeing and Support officer

Salary: £15,000 plus pension contribution

Contract length: October 2021

Hours: 21 hours per week (3 days)

Reports to: Director

Location: Harrow (main office + outreach)


Association Paiwand (Paiwand) is a registered charity and limited company
founded in 2002. Paiwand aims to
benefit the Afghan and other Refugee and Migrant communities in the United
Kingdom through reducing poverty, advancing
education, and relieving suffering through a number of services including
advocacy, mental health support, supplementary education, social support,
accommodation for unaccompanied minors, youth and mentoring services and
others. It currently assists over 2000 beneficiaries each year throughout North
and North West London.

of the post

  • To support
    unaccompanied and former unaccompanied minor young men with settling into
    semi-independent living in the UK;
  • To create a
    welcoming and safe space for residents throughout the supported accommodation
  • To provide an efficient
    service that adheres to best practice, working closely with partners including
    Local Authority children’s services, colleges, healthcare providers and the job

duties and responsibilities

  • To oversee and
    support up to 12 young residents (all male, 16-21);
  • To conduct needs
    assessments with young people;
  • To draw up Action
    Plans in accordance with social services’ outcomes for each child and ensuring
    their progress;
  • To signpost and
    liaise with relevant professionals on behalf of each young person;
  • Key work duties for
    young people, including scheduling and assigning some key work duties to Accommodation
    & Development Manager. Key work duties include attending and advocating at
    appointments with college, health settings, legal meetings, Home Office, court,
    job centre.
  • To be the main
    point of contact for individual social workers from looked-after children
  • To attend LAC
    review meetings and follow up on actions discussed;
  • To maintain
    accurate files for each young person, including action plans and copies of all
    important documents;
  • To be on-call on
    designated evenings and/or weekends;
  • To run monthly life
    skills workshops (CV writing, mental wellbeing, sexual health, etc.) for
    residents from each house.

and Evaluation

  • To report monthly and annually to the Director
  • Monthly reporting
    on each young person’s progress to social services;
  • To participate in the collection of data for monitoring and evaluation
    of Paiwand’s supported accommodation services;
  • To maintain the confidentiality of clients
    with external parties at all times unless authorised otherwise by the line


  • To abide by and promote Afghan Association Paiwand’s Equal Opportunities
  • To take positive action to encourage the participation of service users
    who experience discrimination for reasons of gender, national or ethnic origin,
    age, sexual orientation, disability, or health status.


  • To participate in the development and review of the supported accommodation
    services guidelines and protocols;
  • To work in accordance with Afghan Association Paiwand’s policies and

and publicity

  • To publicise Paiwand’s supported accommodation services to potential
    partners through visits to projects, community organisations and statutory
  • To work collaboratively with said organisations to ensure effective
    partnership and promote best practice.


  • To attend and participate in regular supervision with the line manager;
  • To take part in training and professional development;
  • To attend team meetings;
  • To participate in cover arrangements for absent colleagues;
  • To carry out other relevant duties at the request of the line manager;
  • To be flexible in
    working hours – occasional evening and weekend work will be required for which
    time off in lieu will be given. The Wellbeing and Support Manager is encouraged
    to work flexitime and manage his/her own schedule to ensure he/she is not
    working excessive overtime.

To apply, please email with your CV and cover letter.

Youth Project Manager

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Manage Paiwand’s structured social development and mentoring portfolio of activities, including sports, youth clubs, arts and crafts, trips, mentoring and others
  • Assess children, identify their needs and refer to appropriate activities
  • Oversee mentoring and one-to-one support for 20 young people each year
  • Organise and participate in one-off or regular events such as competitions, performances and inset days
  • Ensure that these activities are held on time and to high standard of quality
  • Promote these activities internally and externally to young people
  • Work with young people to develop new activities
  • Assist with the recruitment of sessional workers and volunteers through writing job descriptions and adverts
  • Interview and induct new sessional workers and volunteers
  • Ensure that enhanced DBS checks and references are acquired for new sessional workers and volunteers
  • Provide high quality regular supervision and support to sessional workers and volunteers
  • Ensure that sessional workers and volunteers offer a high level of standard of activity to young people
  • Review training needs of sessional workers and volunteers and recommend appropriate skills development
  • Deal with other management issues including signing off expenses, organising sickness cover, etc.
  • Ensure that young people are safe and secure at all times
  • Follow Paiwand’s safeguarding policy and procedures including risk assessment reviews
  • Ensure that young people from all backgrounds are treated equally and fairly
  • Work with the steering group of young people to review existing activities, develop new ones, and any other tasks as decided
  • Listen to the views of young people and act upon them as appropriate
  • Conduct a general annual evaluation with all young people participating in the project, as well as evaluations of individual activities
  • Compile and advocate for the emerging needs of the projects’ beneficiaries’ (children and youth)
  • Financial management of the project
  • Record keeping: monitoring records, records of meetings and classes
  • Regular monitoring and review of classes, as well as project evaluation
  • Submit a monthly report summarising targets and activities to relevant line manager
  • Provide quarterly reports as required to senior management and trustees of Paiwand
  • Provide yearly reports and details of work carried out to project funder

To apply, please read the job description and fill out the application form below. Send it and a copy of your CV to by the 29th of September 2019