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.

Refugee Resettlement Programme Volunteering

With Ipswich welcoming an increasing number of refugee families under the UK government’s Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement and Vulnerable Children Resettlement Schemes, 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 5.30-7.30pm in Christchurch Park, Ipswich (during the summer months, indoors at other times).

Youth Work Volunteers

The YMCA are starting a new, exciting drop-in service on Monday evenings for 16 to 21 year olds, and we will be working alongside them to help support and develop the service. It is an opportunity for young refugees and asylum seekers to integrate with young British people, to play games, socialise, learn English and engage in workshops. We are looking for volunteers to help with this project.

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