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British Red Cross (Sheffield)

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We put kindness into action: The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world get the support they need if crisis strikes. From hiring a wheelchair or dealing with loneliness, to adjusting to life in a new country - we’re there when you need us.

Refugee Peer Educator Volunteer 2020/21

This opportunity takes place until 31 Aug 2021. Closing date for applications is 31 Jan.

Have you previously sought sanctuary in the UK? Could you co-produce and facilitate a life skills programme for those who have recently arrived in the UK seeking sanctuary?

We are looking for someone who can volunteer for half a day per week Monday- Friday and is able to give their time for 6 months.

Volunteering will take place from home until further notice and you will need access to a smartphone of laptop. If you need support with this just let us know. If would be helpful is you speak Kurdish Sorani, Tigrinya, Amharic, Farsi or Sudanese Arabic but this isn't essential. 

As a Peer Educator Volunteer, you will work as part of a team to co-produce and facilitate a series of life skills education programmes for newly arrived refugees.  You will use your shared lived experience and knowledge to help those newly arrived adjust to life in a new country, offering valuable support and advice to ease the process.

You would be working as part of the Family Reunion Integration Service. Family Reunion is a key legal route through which refugees obtain protection in the UK, and this project is the UK's first national programme providing holistic integration support for reunited families. You can find out more about this service here 

Typical tasks include: 

- Sharing insight you have gained from being a refugee, asylum seeker or reunited family member to help co-produce and facilitate a series    of life-skills education programmes for newly arrived refugees
- Providing cultural orientation information, advice and signposting 
- Providing information regarding people's rights and entitlements in the UK
- Providing language learning support 
- Collating resources or providing other administrative tasks
- Identifying and responding appropriately to safeguarding and protection issues with vulnerable clients, including children and vulnerable        adults

What skills do I need?

- Able to share their insight of integrating into a new country and community - Understanding about the needs and situation of people seeking sanctuary - Awareness of the skills people seeking sanctuary will be need be aware of such as their rights and entitlements in the UK, cultural issues etc - Able to communicate well (ability to speak Kurdish Sorani, Tigrinya, Amharic, Farsi or Sudanese Arabic would be helpful) - Willing to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the British Red Cross and the Equal Opportunities Policy. - Aged 18 or over

What will I gain?

- Experience designing and delivering life skills workshops - Valuable exposure to the work of the Red Cross in the UK and around the world - Being a volunteer for the British Red Cross means that you can proudly say you are part of the world's largest humanitarian organisation

Training and support

- A full induction, support and supervision throughout your volunteering period - Access to relevant in-house training and development opportunities, including British Red Cross introduction

Time commitment

We are looking for someone who can volunteer for half a day per week Monday- Friday and is able to give their time for 6 months.







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Firstly from home then the Sheffield office or in Sheffield.
  • CausesRefugees and asylum seekers
  • FrequencyEvery week
  • WhenMonday morning, Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon, Friday morning, Friday afternoon
  • Skills and InterestsAdvice and information, Mentoring, Teamwork
  • Careers and AspirationsLaw, Social work, Third sector and charity work

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