Volunteer

ESOL for Employment

We’re looking for volunteers to help on our ESOL for Employment courses and also for one-to one-work to help individuals with exams, written English and pronunciation.

Homework Group for Young Refugees

We are looking for a couple of volunteers to teach English, maths and science up to GCSE/A-Level, along with ESOL, at our new Homework Group for young refugees, which runs every Wednesday from 4-6pm at Volunteering Matters in Ipswich.

Syrian Resettlement Programme Volunteering

With Ipswich welcoming an increasing number of refugee families under the UK government’s Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme, we are currently looking for:

  • Befrienders – We are seeking committed volunteers to act as ‘befrienders’ or regular community contacts for newly arrived Syrian and Middle Eastern families, to support them with various things as they settle into the Ipswich community. For continuity, ideally we are looking for people who would be happy to get to know a particular family, visit them approximately weekly, have good cross-cultural communication skills and be able to confidently assist people with different queries. We will provide you with relevant training and support and connect you to the staff team and the broader befriender and volunteer network. Arabic speakers would be very useful but we warmly welcome everyone.
  • Translators – We are also looking for Arabic or Kurmanji speakers who are willing to help interpret for families.

Sports Activities Group Volunteers

We are keen to find a volunteer to help at our Sports Activities Group, which offers a friendly space for all male asylum seekers and refugees to meet, play football and socialise, supervised by our experienced coordinator. The group meets every Tuesday from 5.30-7.30 in Christchurch Park, Ipswich (during the summer months, indoors at other times).

FGM Project Volunteers

Do you have an interest in women’s rights or a passion for spreading awareness about FGM and its consequences? We are looking for FGM project volunteers from FGM prevalent communities and those who speak additional languages, including Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish and Amharic, although this is not essential.

We are also looking for male volunteers for our FGM Project to enable us to deliver more workshops with men from ‘at risk communities’. In particular we are interested in volunteers who are originally from at risk/FGM prevalent communities but this role would also suit any male with experience of working with groups in the community or in health.

If you are interested in any of the above roles please complete this application form or contact our Volunteer Recruitment Officer: volunteer@suffolkrefugee.org.uk

Employment and Volunteer Placements Needed

We’re keen to find work placements, long and short-term, to give our clients valuable experience
and help them to progress their careers. Customer-facing roles, or those in admin or food establishments
would be particularly useful, but we would be very grateful for any offers. Even a couple of days’ shadowing could be really useful. If you or your business might be able to help, please contact Jodi: jpeck@suffolkrefugee.org.uk

All of the Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children we help are in full-time education, but their courses are only 3-4 days per week. Therefore we would love to find suitable one-day-a-week volunteering opportunities for young refugees under 18 years of age. If you might be able to help, please contact Cathy: cgonzalez@suffolkrefugee.org.uk