Youth Work Volunteers

Homework Group (Wednesdays 4-6pm) – We are looking for ESOL trained volunteers to teach English to a small group of students with basic level English at our Homework Group for young refugees and asylum seekers

Conversation Group (Tuesdays 4-5pm, beginning late Feb/early March) – Could you talk to young people about a range of topics and help improve their English? We’re looking for volunteers for our Conversation Group starting soon – preferably ESOL trained but this isn’t essential.

New Beginnings Project (Saturdays 2-4pm) – We are working with Ipswich Community Media on a project for young refugees and asylum seekers and are looking for volunteers to help with Saturday afternoon sessions involving table football, radio/film and other media. The aim is to create an informal space for young people to socialise, make friends and connections and to have chats to improve their English language skills.

If you are interested in any of the above roles, please contact Cathy, our Youth Coordinator: cgonzalez@suffolkrefugee.org.uk

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.

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