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****Please note this is not the British Wheel of Yoga, this is a vacancy with one of our recognised centers, all enquiries and C.Vs are to be sent to the following address:   Tel: 07377 960 539
OURMALA is seeking a Team Assistant to join our London team
This is a unique opportunity to gain experience working for OURMALA. You’ll work in a small but dynamic, hard working team, and have the chance to make a real positive difference to the lives of people seeking international protection in the UK, such as refugees and survivors of trafficking and modern-day slavery.
The Team Assistant role will take over from Daisy, who has been in this role for over three years and is leaving in December. The role is essential to OURMALA’s smooth-running and works with our core team, beneficiaries, volunteers and others in the community.  
We’re looking for someone bright with a naturally positive can-do attitude, honesty, integrity and a genuine affinity and understanding of OURMALA’s work. You will be naturally hard-working, diligent, highly efficient, proactive and happy to muck-in with whatever needs doing. You will also be comfortable working independently as well as being part of a team.  
● Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills ● Highly efficient, organised, diligent and able to work to tight deadlines ● Logical and systematic thinking ● Ability to think on feet, not easily fazed  ● Perceptive and sensitive, clear about boundaries ● Problem-solving ● Attention to detail ● IT literate, with strong technical skills in MS Word, Excel and PPT
● Committed yoga student ● Working with people seeking international protection in the UK and / or vulnerable people in challenging situations and familiarity with the asylum systems  ● Experience in a non-profit / start-up / humanitarian environment ● Experience Salesforce  ● Managing small projects ● Google Drive, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

The role is three days a week, based in our office in Richmond. Remote working will not be considered.
This is a temp to perm role with an 8 month probation period. You will start off on a freelance basis with a view to this becoming a fixed-term contract after 8 months.  
The salary is approximately £26,000 per year (pro-rata for three days a week, this means £15,600).
For the first eight months, the freelance rate would be £100 p/day to be invoiced on a monthly basis.  
This role will be managed by the Operations Manager. You will also provide support and sometimes work directly with the CEO.
The role may involve some travel within London.
OURMALA is a London Living Wage employer and the salary for this role is in line with other non-governmental organisations.
In the future, there is scope that the number of days per week may increase.  
Email us at  
- your CV including the names of two people we can contact for references, who know you professionally, and in what capacity you know them  - a letter telling us why you would like to join our team in this role - confirmation of your availability for interview and training
TIMING Application deadline:
​ midnight, Sunday 13th October Interviews will be held:​ w/s October 21st between 9-6pm in Richmond All interviewees will be informed of the decision:​ w/s October 28th  The role will start:​ w/s December 2nd with a two-week hand-over and training by Daisy, who is currently in this role. You will need to be available Monday - Wednesday, 9am - 6pm w/s December 2nd and 9th inclusive. Days of the week thereafter:​ fixed either Monday to Wednesday or Tuesday to Thursday. Please note that OURMALA will get back to everyone who applies for this role. If you have applied and have not heard back from us by November 22nd 2019 then please let us know.
OURMALA is a yoga-based charity that has specialised in working with people seeking international protection in the UK, such as refugees and survivors of trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2011. Most of our beneficiaries are recovering from atrocities, such as torture, sexual violence in conflict and human trafficking, and are registered with the UK Home Office.  
We provide safe spaces for people to breathe and heal through yoga and to enable participation, all our classes are free and we refund the cost of travel. We also connect our beneficiaries with critical services, education and other opportunities, helping them on the road to fulfilling their potential. In North London, we also provide an English programme for mothers and mothers-to-be seeking international protection.
Beneficiaries are given the opportunity to volunteer and access training through OURMALA.
We work with women, men and children, predominantly in London but we have one partnership yoga programme in Scotland. Our goal is to make the OURMALA programme accessible all over the UK in partnership with local, like-minded yoga teachers and centres.
Less known is that we also use our expertise to provide high-quality yoga classes for others to help us put on the free classes for people seeking international protection. A recent example is a special project for the community affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, commissioned by the NHS. We also provide yoga in the workplace, where our high-quality yoga teachers are paid a fair wage, employees receive the wellbeing benefits of great yoga and the workplace feels good because it knows it’s chosen a yoga provider that is actively helping in our local community. We also work in other NHS settings and adapt our programme to meet the needs of other patient populations across Greater London, taking a robust approach to monitoring, evaluation and impact reporting.
The majority of those OURMALA works with have recently experienced a major depressive episode and live isolated from their families, resulting in both physical and mental health problems. These people are some of the most marginalised, underserved and at-risk in our society.
Our beneficiaries say that yoga helps to relieve their pain and anxiety, helps them to sleep and start to restore self-esteem and hope, as well as a much-needed sense of belonging in a safe community.
****Please note this is not the British Wheel of Yoga, this is a vacancy with one of our recognised centers, all enquiries and C.Vs are to be sent to the following address:   Tel: 07377 960 539

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