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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 4:29 pm    Post subject: Volunteering Opportunities Reply with quote

As the last Advice Worker vacancy at RC has just been filled by a long-serving volunteer, i thought it would be worth posting up info about opportunities to get involved...
the committment certainly does not have to be onerous, and there are a wide variety of different roles for volunteers, depending on interests and experience - volunteering has been a really valuable route for many refugees to move back into employment in UK - it's also a really effective way to get on the inside of a refugee agency and find out what makes it tick and which skills you need to position yourself for employment. here, from RC website :

Be a volunteer

Volunteers make an invaluable contribution to the work of the Refugee Council. There are currently over 300 volunteers working across England. We have offices in London, Ipswich, Birmingham and Leeds, and there are volunteering opportunities in all of these areas. Volunteers provide a range of different services including befriending and helping asylum seekers get used to where they are living, employment mentoring, information giving, administration and teaching English.

All volunteers are recruited through the local volunteer co-ordinator, who also arranges induction and on-going training. The volunteer co-ordinator will be able to tell you about current opportunities in our teams and how your skills and experience might be used within our services.

Volunteers are asked to make a minimum commitment of 1 day per week for a minimum of three months.

If you wish to find out more about volunteering, go to the links below. You will need Adobe Acrobat software to download these documents, which you can get free by clicking on the icon at the bottom of this page.

* Requirements for volunteering at the Refugee Council
* Volunteering opportunities at the Refugee Council
* Volunteering opportunities at other organisations
* Application form for volunteers. Please send your application form to the person below who covers your area.

If you wish to enquire about volunteering in your area, please contact one of the following:

London: Volunteer Development Assistant, 020 7346 6727 or e-mail
Postal address: Refugee Council Head Office, 240-250 Ferndale Road, London SW9 8BB

We currently have a waiting list for most of our volunteering opportunities in London. We are accepting new applications, but please note that there will probably be a wait before we can involve you. We are always developing new volunteer roles, but aren't currently able to be specific about the length of waiting times.

West Midlands region office: Volunteer Coordinator, 0121 622 0921
Postal address: West Midlands office, Birmingham

Yorkshire & Humberside region office: Volunteer Coordinator, 0113 3862213 or e-mail
Postal address: Yorkshire & Humberside office, Leeds

Eastern region office: Volunteer Coordinator, 01473 297913 or e-mail
Postal address: Eastern region office, Ipswich

You can find location maps for all our offices in the contacts area of the site.

For general enquiries concerning volunteer policy and practice within the Refugee Council, please contact the National Volunteer Development Co-ordinator, Chris Badman, Tel 020 7346 1272, email

please add any more opportunities or advice for volunteering below
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