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**Refugee support volunteer**



Care4Calais is a volunteer run charity operating in the UK, delivering essential aid to asylum seekers whilst they are waiting for their asylum claims to be processed.  Asylum seekers are often housed in hotels for significant periods of time where they receive little support.

Currently we are supporting in four hotels in Redbridge, housing approximately 500 men, women and children. They are often struggling with trauma, isolation and loneliness.

They receive only £8 a week per person, and often only have the clothes they arrived to the hotels in. We therefore collect donations from the public and distribute them to hotels, as well as providing a friendly face and someone to talk to.

As well as the hotels, some individuals and families get dispersed into accommodation throughout Redbridge. Whilst this provides them the benefit of more space as well as their own cooking facilities, they are often even more isolated and go unnoticed by local organisations. They do not know the area well or know how to access things for themselves, so our volunteers will often signpost them to things in the community that can support them.

Main tasks and responsibilities

• Going to hotel sites and assisting the lead volunteers to distribute items of clothing, toiletries, and other essential items such as strollers or bikes.

• Supporting asylum seekers with specific requests both in hotels and in dispersal accommodation, such as registering children with schools, showing them where to go to the GP, or how to get to their local supermarket.

• Contributing towards finding and collecting donations for refugees, such as posting on local Facebook groups to reach out for support.

• Log all support given in a simple google sheet so that this can be tracked by the charities core team.

Benefits to Volunteer

There are many benefits to volunteering for Care4Calais:

  • It is incredibly rewarding work supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
  • You will get the chance to meet people from all of the world and not only help them but learn from them and be inspired by their stories of survival.
  • You will be working closely with other likeminded volunteers and together be able to make positive changes to many people.

What skills do I need?

Skills, attributes, qualifications and experience

• Volunteers will need to be able to work independently but also part of a team confidently

• Passionate about the refugee cause

• Have a mobile phone

  • Need to be 18+

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening

This role is flexible and can be fit around your schedule

Register your interest

We limit the number of roles you can initially express an interest in to 3 opportunities. Please only register an interest in 3 roles maximum.

  • Ideal for people interested in
  • Black and Minority Ethnic Communities
  • Crisis & Emergency Response
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Refugees/Immigration
  • Ideal for people who like
  • Advocacy
  • Befriending
  • Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Practical Support
  • Application Process
  • DBS Check
  • Email expression of interest
  • Support provided
  • Access to telephone/online support
  • Basic reference can be provided
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer Handbook available
  • Volunteer will have named supervisor
  • Accessibility
  • Other
  • Organisation Policies
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Other Information
  • Are there any age limits?
    18 and over
  • DBS checks - additional information
    Basic DBS needed
  • Expenses - additional information
    Some travel expenses reimbursed
  • Recruitment Process - additional information
    Email annie@care4calais.org
  • Reference can be provided after how long volunteering?
    3 months
  • Role is exempt from Ex offenders Act 1972
  • Support Provided - additional information
  • Thanks / Recognition for Volunteer contribution
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

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