Working English Wirral is a new project providing pre-employment support to refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants, through a combination of employability and ‘working English’ group sessions, and 1:1 mentoring.
We are looking for volunteers to help with the facilitation and delivery of online group sessions, alongside the Project Coordinator.
What are the main duties?
- Deliver and facilitate planned learning activities in online group sessions
- Work with whole group or lead smaller groups, depending on the activity
- Assist learners to complete Individual Learning Plans to set goals
- Assist learners to complete Outcome Stars to measure their progress
- Take part in debriefs with the Project Coordinator after sessions, to feed back on how learners have responded to activities
- Attend group supervision sessions with other volunteers, facilitated by the Project Coordinator, every six weeks
What is the time commitment?
- 30 minutes for a video call interview and chat about the project
- Role-specific training on facilitating group work and online safety for existing Refugee Action volunteers
- Induction, general training and role-specific training for new volunteers
- 2.5 or 5 hours a week for session delivery and debriefs, depending on your availability
- Ongoing training opportunities to meet your support and development needs
- Refugee Action volunteers commit to the service for at least 6 months
Where would I be based?
- Due to lockdown, temporarily this is a remote volunteering opportunity – you would be volunteering from home
- After lockdown, if you are able to continue volunteering, this would be face-to-face and would take place on the Wirral (details to be confirmed)
What support and benefits can I expect to get?
- Training (plus induction for new volunteers)
- 1:1 supervision from Project Coordinator, including debriefs after sessions
- Ongoing support and wellbeing checks from Project Coordinator
- Group supervision sessions with other volunteers every six weeks
- Reasonable expenses for phone costs
- Access to development opportunities such as extra training and workshops, to improve communication, facilitation, teaching and digital skills, and increase cultural awareness and knowledge of our specific context and the charity sector as a whole
- Opportunity to gain a variety of skills and experience, meet new people and make a lasting impact on clients’ lives
What skills are we looking for?
- Ability to deliver and facilitate employability and English language activities for learners. Experience of this would be beneficial
- Ability to work with people from a range of ages, backgrounds and cultures. Experience of this would be an advantage
- Ability to complete tasks using own initiative
- Ability to record information accurately (paper files or database)
- Ability to volunteer within confidentiality and safeguarding guidelines
- Ability to provide support to people who might be emotionally vulnerable
- Ability to communicate in an accurate and clear manner, with a good standard of English
- Knowledge of another language such as Arabic, Farsi or Kurdish is helpful but not essential
- Punctuality and reliability
- Willingness to develop new knowledge and skills
- Those with lived experience as a refugee, asylum seeker or migrant are encouraged to apply
We ask for two references from all our volunteers. This role also requires a DBS (criminal record) check at enhanced level.
How do I apply?
- Please complete the short application form by following the link on this apge
- If you have any questions about the role contact Isobel (Project Coordinator) on IsobelZ@refugee-action.org.uk or 07702902166
We welcome applications from people with lived experience as a refugee, asylum seeker or migrant. We are committed to making every reasonable adjustment to the workplace or working arrangements to accommodate people with disabilities or specific learning difficulties.