Do you want to be part of a resettlement programme that helps newly arrived refugees gain self-confidence and increase their independence through improving their English? Do you want to be part of a team that is helping refugees to rebuild their lives?
Do you want to help us build a future that welcomes all refugees and asylum seekers?
What is the role?
Our clients are Syrian refugees who have been resettled in the UK as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and are currently living in the West Midlands, including Shropshire.
English language acquisition is vital for their resettlement and integration and we need volunteers to help people practice their English in their communities and in everyday settings.
How much time can I give?
- You will need to be able to attend an initial Refugee Action Induction Training day and a separate English Practice Training Day. There may be other training organised that will support you in your role as an English Practice volunteer
- We ask that you can put aside one day a week (Monday- Friday) although this could be split into two half days if preferred
- The English Practice session is generally one hour. Additional time will be needed for travel, lesson planning and writing up concise notes of each session
- Refugee Action clients generally receive an eight – week programme of English Practice support. It is important that you are able to commit continuously for this period
- We ask that you agree to volunteer with us for 6 months or more
Will I have training and support?
All Refugee Action volunteers will receive the following:
- An Induction to Refugee Action and role specific training
- Regular one to one support from a staff member
- The opportunity to attend volunteer group supervisions
- Expenses to cover travel and lunch
Where would I be volunteering?
Refugee Action clients live in different parts of Shropshire and we ask that you are available to travel across the county to volunteer. This could be by public transport or car.
English Practice sessions often take place in a client’s home. They could also be in a public place or involve local travel.
Volunteer training is currently held in our Birmingham office. We aim to provide one to one support and one-off meetings within Shropshire.
What are the main duties?
- Helping clients practice their English based on identified learning goals
- Agreeing a programme of English Practice support with a client and reviewing this as appropriate
- English Practice lesson planning
- Helping clients practice what they may have learnt in a formal English class
- Referring any wider issues back to the Refugee Action Volunteer Supervisor
- Writing concise notes of each session and sharing them with the Volunteer Supervisor
What things do you need to do this role?
- An understanding of the needs of vulnerable refugees and other displaced people
- The ability to work with people from possibly different cultures to yourself
- A commitment to working to the principles of empowerment and independence
- The ability to communicate well with people and to listen
- Good written English
- The ability to source and use appropriate learning materials
- Be willing to learn new skills and information
- Punctuality and reliability
Please note that whilst previous experience of teaching English as a second or additional language is helpful it is not essential for this role.
We ask for two references from all our volunteers. This role also requires a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at enhanced level.
How do I apply?
Please follow the links on this page to the application form.
We are committed to making every reasonable adjustment to the workplace or working arrangements so as to accommodate people with disabilities.
Please note applicants must be 18 years or older. Refugee Action welcomes applications from asylum seekers and refugees.