Would you enjoy accompanying and supporting asylum seekers? You would accompany them to Vulcan House (the UK Border agency in Sheffield) when they report there. You would also accompany them when they access other support they need, such as visits to solicitors and medical appointments. You may also be
accompanying them to other activities, such as sport and leisure throughout Sheffield, to reduce isolation and help them feel part of the community. You will be reporting back to the Accompanying Team Leader about outcomes of appointments/activities and also the overall well-being of our clients.
The times and days for volunteering are flexible, depending on number of client appointments and your availability. The Team Leader will contact all Accompaniers at the start of the week, asking who is available to accompany each client for their upcoming appointment(s) and/or activities. These appointments will normally be scheduled between the hours of 9am - 5pm from Monday to Friday.
Volunteers should be positive about working with diversity and cultural difference; friendly, good listeners and have good verbal communication skills; be able to respect confidential information; be flexible; be willing to handle different situations. It would also help if you know your way around Sheffield.
Client appointments and activities will take place across Sheffield, travel expenses to/from these appointments can be covered.
You will be helping people from all over the world in their time of most need, by helping them to access services across Sheffield. These can be regarding homelessness, hunger, legal issues, medical issues and a range of concerns that many of us never have. You will gain an insight into the asylum process and the issues asylum seekers face.Induction training is provided for all new volunteers and volunteer support is available in individual teams. Additional training is available depending on the team and skills required.
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
- Verbal / Written Communication
- Customer Service
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Please see opportunity description