Resettlement Programme 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.

Homework/Conversation Group Volunteers

We are urgently looking for volunteer teachers, preferably with some teaching experience, for our weekly Homework and Conversation Groups with young refugees. The Homework Group runs on Wednesdays from 4-6pm for 11-19-year-olds and we are particularly looking for anyone able to help with English (basic/intermediate level), Biology (A-Level) or Maths (up to GCSE). We’re also looking for volunteers for our Conversation Group on Tuesdays to encourage young asylum seekers and refugees to discuss current topics and improve their spoken English.

One-to-one Photoshop/Illustration Skills Volunteer

We are looking for a volunteer to support one of our clients who would like to pursue a career in graphic design or computer games design. Our client would love to develop his knowledge in the relevant programmes and in the future hopes to study this subject further at university. If you think you might be able to help with regular one-to-one tuition please get in touch.

Driving Theory Test Group Volunteer

Could you help refugees to prepare for their theory test? We’re looking for volunteers for our driving theory test group at our office on Wednesday afternoons from 2.45-3.30pm. It would involve, for instance, going through driving theory books or mock tests online.

Resettlement Programme Translators

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 Arabic or Kurmanji speakers who are willing to help interpret for families.

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