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Make a real difference to the lives of refugees and asylum seekers!

Support volunteers needed for British Red Cross – Thames Valley Area in RG1

If you are compassionate and sensitive, you can make a real difference to the lives of refugees and asylum seekers!

The Red Cross has a long tradition of providing practical and emotional support to vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Our Refugee Support work with thousands of beneficiaries every year in around fifty different towns and cities enabling people to draw upon their own strengths to withstand crisis and rebuild their lives.
We support refugees and asylum-seekers in a range of ways, from providing emergency provisions for those facing severe hardship to giving advice on how people can access services to which they are entitled. These services are provided in a safe and welcoming environment. None of this important work would be possible without the skill and enthusiasm of volunteers helping in a variety of ways.

The casework volunteer will work one-to-one with vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees to help them access suitable support services.

Typical tasks include:

  • Providing one to one support to beneficiaries.
  • Undertaking sensitive and comprehensive interviews with service users to assess their needs.
  • Agreeing a plan of action with the beneficiary.
  • Support the beneficiary to access other services, for example from the NHS, legal representatives and Social Services.
  • Offering onward referral to relevant bodies as appropriate.
  • Maintaining effective client records using our data capture system including communicating effectively with the Home Office case owner.
  • Identify and respond appropriately to safeguarding and protection issues with vulnerable clients, including children and vulnerable adults.
  • Working effectively with interpreters.
Contact person firstname
Jacqui Halpin ,
Lastname
Their phone number?
01235 552 669
Location address line 1
90 Eastern Avenue
Town
Reading
Postcode
RG1 5SF

Map
Wheelchair accessible?
Yes
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
Yes
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMFri AMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Support
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a regular scheduleSelf organised/motivatedPatientSupportiveEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Approximate training hours 38
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Full support provided from staff and/or experienced volunteers
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
travel
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
2
Opportunity added on
7 March 2017