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Befriender

Volunteers needed to support resettled refugees by facilitating integration into the local area.
2 hrs / week Flexible

Specifically, the Volunteer Role Includes:

  • Practising conversational English.
  • Researching and informing their befriendee of events, activities and facilities in the local area and help them access these.
  • Planning and organising weekly visits/sessions.
  • Accompanying their befriendee to the shops, library, community groups, parent & toddler group, walks etc.
  • Working with, and reporting back to, the resettlement team.
  • Volunteers will have the opportunity to be flexible and creative about when they meet and the activities that they undertake and to adapt these to the refugees needs.

Useful Skills and Experience:

  • Experience working with low level English speakers.
  • Excellent listening skills and the ability to empathise as well as establish boundaries to avoid emotional over-involvement.
  • Willingness to empathise and learn about refugee issues.
  • Ability to research local activities, and plan activities accordingly.
  • Sensitivity to working in a multi-cultural organisation and the ability to work with colleagues from other cultures.
  • Good command of spoken and written English.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.

Expenses

Travel expenses will be covered.
Deadline: Tue 4th May, 2021

Categories

Women, Vulnerable people

Minimum age

20

Skills gained

Leadership, Teamwork, Listening, Talking to others

Skills needed

Talking to others, Organising, Listening

Refugee Council

The Refugee Council is one of the leading organisations in the UK working with refugees and people seeking asylum. We not only give help and support, but also work with clients to ensure their needs and concerns are voiced and addressed. Volunteers are a key part of many of the services that support
0739 141 8511
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