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Student Placement 18+

Are you a university student looking to complete your placement hours within a Community setting?

Poplar HARCA is an award winning Housing and Regeneration Community Association in East London. We focus on providing homes and support to residents old and new; helping to create a place where people, communities and businesses grow and thrive.

Please complete the form for the team to understand your placement requirements and we will be in touch shortly after!

We are currently only taking placement requests from adults 18+

Ideally you should be local or willing to travel to one of our Community Centres, based in Tower Hamlets. Some remote working may be possible given the nature of our services placement roles will be face to face.

Useful Contacts

Sabiha Khanam
Volunteering Coordinator
0797 686 4217
0207 510 0576

Role Description

  • Confident speaker with good written English and writing skills.
  • Confident in using Microsoft Office
  • Interest in Community Development
  • To volunteer adhering to Poplar HARCA’s policies and procedures

Time commitment:

This will be discussed further based on placement and centre requirements.

What can we offer?

  • We aim to provide a meaningful experience for you as a volunteer.
  • A full induction, followed by ongoing support
  • You will have a named PH Contact who will give you regular feedback, allowing you to track your progress and work towards meeting your particular goals
  • We will provide you with an honest reference regardless of how long you are with us.
  • We can promise a safe environment without discrimination and a supportive space to be in.
  • A stimulating and friendly environment within which to volunteer
  • Support into employment with our Employment & Training team who provide access to a wide range of training courses
  • Priority for any further training we have on offer
  • ‘Out of pocket’ travel expenses and lunch for those volunteering all day (if applicable)
  • Opportunities to attend meetings and invitations to volunteer social events

All volunteers will be required to complete an application form (below), attend an online induction and supply ID and proof address checks (online).

A DBS may be required however we will inform you of this.

Form for Placement Students

More about you

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Please provide contact details of two referees who are both willing to provide a character reference. This will involve answering questions on a range of topics from your strengths to areas for development and your time management. Unfortunately we cannot accept references from family or friends. If possible, at least one referee should know you from work, education or volunteering. There are lots of people suitable to provide references, if you are struggling to think of anyone suitable please get in touch and we can discuss your options.
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