We are looking for volunteers!
Women for Refugee Women is a small charity working with women who have sought asylum in the UK. Every week over 100 women come to us in London for English classes, advice, yoga and lunch, and activities including drama and public speaking training. We ensure that refugee women’s voices reach wide audiences through our media, research and events, and we advocate for a fairer asylum system. We currently have some great opportunities to support our work with women who seek asylum, and to develop your skills and abilities in this rewarding area.
We are looking for volunteers to support our drop-in for refugee women on Mondays at our offices near Old Street in London.
You will need to be able to commit to every Monday between 3 September – 10 December (with an option to extend into the next term if you wish). These roles are unpaid but travel and lunch expenses will be reimbursed.
To apply, please send a short cover letter and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Monday 13 August. We would like to meet with shortlisted applicants on Wednesday 22 August.
Volunteer English Teachers
We are looking for volunteers with experience of teaching English as a second language to teach refugee women in our network. These are rewarding roles in which you will be working directly with the refugee and asylum-seeking women in our network.
Mums and Toddlers teaching assistant (11am-12.30pm) - you will be supporting a group of mums to learn English alongside their children.
Beginners English Teachers x2 (12.30-2pm) – you will be leading the Beginners English class to support women who are taking their first steps in learning English.
Intermediate English teaching assistant (12.30-2pm) – you will be supporting our existing Intermediate English teacher to deliver engaging classes on a range of topics that set women up for life in the UK.
Intersectional feminism class teaching assistant (3-4.30pm) – you will be working alongside Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu to facilitate engaging discussions on feminist issues and occasionally leading the class.
Drop-in support (10.30am – 5pm)
We are looking for two people to provide general support during the drop-in. This includes setting up, signing women in and directing them to their classes, reimbursing women for their travel expenses and providing general support to the women in our network to ensure the day runs smoothly.
Transitions class facilitator (12.30-2pm)
Next term, we are starting a new class for women who are eligible to work to help them find employment, volunteering or education opportunities. We are looking for someone to help facilitate this group who is able to support women in researching what opportunities are available to them.
All of our volunteers will need to have a DBS check, if you do not have a current DBS check we will pay for you to obtain one.
We are looking for a Treasurer to join our board of trustees
If you have understanding and experience of charity finance, including investment, and would like to contribute to the work of a small charity that is committed to making a difference for refugee women, we would love to hear from you. The role description and person specification are here.
Please contact us on email@example.com with your CV and a short statement about why you would like to join Women for Refugee Women if you are interested in this role.
Other ways to get involved
Could you fundraise to support our hardship fund? We use this fund to provide practical support to individual refugee women in particular need. Examples of recent help we have provided includes:
- £30 for a woman to buy food for herself and her two kids when their support was stopped
- £10 mobile phone credit for a woman who had just arrived from Calais
- £5 for a woman’s transport to a court hearing
Any support you could provide will help women who are seeking safety live with dignity. You can send donations here.
Can you help us share the voices and experiences of women who have sought asylum to a wider audience?
You could organise an event at which you could share one of our amazing short videos in which refugee women speak for themselves.
- Set Her Free: Margaret’s Story tells the story of a women in Yarl’s Wood detention centre
- The Set Her Free poem shows the wonderful refugee women we work with and the poem they have written themselves.
Let us know if you would like us to send you flyers and action sheets for such an event, and again you could ask everyone in your audience to give a donation to Women for Refugee Women.