Fantastic opportunity to support the education, well being and development of young refugees and asylum seekers in Oxford

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Who is the role for: Refugee Support Network

When does the role take place: Weekdays between 9am and 6pm

Where does the volunteering take place: In mutually convenient public places, usually a library

What the role involves: Refugee Support Network (RSN) offers tailor-made mentoring opportunities to at-risk young refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking who need extra support with their education, particularly separated children. Mentors meet with the young people for an hour each week to help them with their homework or ESOL. We are looking for volunteers who can initially commit to a 6 month period.

Why you should sign up for this role: Mentors often become important adults in the young people’s lives, acting as role models and helping to combat isolation and loneliness. Unaccompanied asylum seeking young people arrive in the country with no adult to care for them and often speaking little English. Education offers them a more hopeful future.

Skills required for this role: 

  • Experience of working with young people and the related challenges
  • Capacity to travel to a location convenient for the young person and an ability to meet the young person by 6pm at the latest.
  • Experience of working with people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to take on relevant preparation
  • Ability to think creatively and problem-solve
  • Excellent communication/interpersonal skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to cope with emotionally-demanding and stressful situations
  • Motivated by promoting the well-being of children and young people
  • Commitment to and ability to work in accordance with RSN’s Child Protection policies and Christian Ethos.

Due to the nature of this role references and a DBS check are required. Expenses can be covered if required and you will be provided with training on the asylum system, the lives of young unaccompanied asylum seekers, the education system and mentoring scheme and boundaries. 

How to sign up: 

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