6 people are interested
Community Welcome Volunteer for Refugees
ORGANIZATION: connection support
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6 people are interested
We are looking for English-speaking volunteers in Oxfordshire (primarily South and Vale) to spare
an hour or so per week to help families settle into everyday life.
Connection Support provides a range of emotional and practical support to help refugees resettling
in the UK as part of the government’s UKRS (UK Resettlement Scheme) and ARAP (Afghan
Relocations and Assistance Policy).
This includes supporting families from Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, and the Republic of Congo to
manage the massive transition from camps and unsettled accommodation.
How you’ll help:
* Visit the family in their new home, helping them with conversational English, reinforcing the
English terms for everyday items, greetings, requests etc.
* Assist with localisation and understanding where to access local amenities such as shops,
pharmacies, hairdressers, dentists, council Offices, places of Worship, police, advice centres,
schools, bus stops, train stations, parks, and recreation areas
* Guidance with how to achieve everyday things that we take for granted such as public
transport, attending medical appointments and contacting emergency services
* Help with understanding written communications such as bills and appointments
We ask that you demonstrate:
* Cultural Sensitivity and Awareness
* Excellent Communication skills including the ability to interact with those who first language
is not English
* Ability to respect confidentiality
* Access to own transport helpful but not essential
* Ability to commit to 1-2 hours volunteering on a weekly basis
About connection support
Suite 16 challenge house, sherwood drive, milton keynes, buckinghamshire MK3 6DP, GB
Connection Support has a range of services providing support to people at risk of homelessness or on the edge of needing social care. We work with people made vulnerable through debt, family circumstances, mental health issues, substance misuse, care leavers, learning disability, age, and physical disabilities. We focus on individuals, to understand their unique set of circumstances, challenges and abilities. They tell us what they want to achieve, their goals and aspirations and we will work with them, providing practical and emotional support to help them to build the skills and confidence to deal with the ups and downs of life.
Volunteers play a key role in the provision of vital services to our clients.
Knowing you have helped someone is an amazing feeling, but there is so much more to gain. New friends, new skills and experience, and confidence, to name but a few!
Volunteers are an integral part of Connection Support so you can be sure your time will be valued.
Not everyone has someone to turn to in a crisis, a friend they can chat to or someone to lend a practical hand or teach them how to navigate online. Connection Support volunteers help fill those gaps and, in doing so, often make a lasting difference to another person’s life.
We have many different services to help a wide range of clients and just a few of our statistics for the last 3 years - 99% of clients were supported in avoiding eviction, 99% of referrals were assessed within 3 years, 21 million has been saved in public funds by keeping these clients off the streets.
If you would like to make a difference than connection support is waiting for you
First TurnWolvercoteOxford, Oxon OX2 8AHUnited Kingdom
August 1, 2023
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
- Verbal / Written Communication
- Background Check
- Hours are flexible, usually within 9-5 office hours.
- We will ask for two references, and perform an enhanced DBS check. Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.