Working English is a new project to support refugees through the job market, improving their English and assisting them to become job ready.
There will be an eight-week course on employability and English language and the learners will also be supported by mentors to achieve a job or volunteering opportunity.
What is the role?
We are looking to recruit people as Crèche Volunteers to support our ESOL and Employability classes and allow more women to attend the course. Using games, toys and crafts to occupy the children, their families would be in the same building, just a shout away. Due to the current set up for ESOL provision across the country, many women miss out on the vital support they need to improve their language, get jobs or volunteering roles and make social connections. Having a crèche for this project would help with that situation.
What are the main duties?
- Entertain children with toys, games and crafts during the ESOL and Employability classes are running
- Ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children during the sessions.
- Weekly attendance at the group including arriving beforehand to help set up and remaining to help tidy up.
- 6 weekly supervision sessions with Refugee Action supervisor
What is the time commitment?
- You’ll need to be available to complete some initial induction and training sessions.
- We’d reasonably expect you to commit to 3 hours a week at the specific times of 9:30-12:30am on Friday during term time.
- You may occasionally be invited to accompany the group on trips on other days if you are interested
- Refugee Action volunteers commit to the service for at least 6 months
Will I receive training and support?
All Refugee Action volunteers will receive:
- Induction and number of training sessions
- On-going support from project staff
- Reasonable expenses to cover travel and lunch
Where would I be based?
You will be based at Refugee Action’s Bradford Office, 40a Piccadilly, BD1 3NN
What skills are we looking for?
- Understanding of and commitment to the needs of vulnerable children of refugees and asylum seekers
- A qualification in Childcare would be advantageous but not essential, but experience of working or volunteering with children would be needed
- Ability to complete tasks on own initiative and volunteer independently
- Ability to volunteer with children from a range of ages and different cultures, experience of this would be an advantage
- Ability to volunteer within confidentiality, safeguarding and child protection guidelines
- Ability to provide support to children who might be emotionally vulnerable
- Ability to prepare and deliver educational and creative activities for children
- Knowledge of other language such as Farsi, Kurdish, Albanian, Arabic or Punjabi is helpful but not essential
- Punctuality and reliability• Ability to record information accurately (paper files or database)
- Willingness to develop new knowledge and skillsWe ask for 2 references from all our volunteers.
This role also requires a DBS (criminal record) check at enhanced level. We are committed to making every reasonable adjustment to the workplace or working arrangements so as to accommodate people with disabilities.