Can you teach basic IT skills to refugee women?
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 a great opportunity to support our work with women who seek asylum, and to develop your skills and abilities in this rewarding area.
We are looking for two volunteers with teaching experience to teach basic IT skills to refugee women on Wednesdays at Birkbeck University, near Russell Square. This course will be for women in our new Transitions group which aims to equip women who have their refugee status with the skills that they need to find employment, volunteering or education opportunities. The course will build women's confidence in using the computer to complete tasks such as emails, internet access and using Microsoft Word.
You will need to be able to commit to every Wednesday between 14 November – 5 December from 2-4pm. These roles are unpaid but travel expenses will be reimbursed.
To apply, please send a short cover letter and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Sunday 21 October. We would like to meet with shortlisted applicants on Tuesday 30 October.
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.
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.