Volunteer for us - Refugee Council

Volunteer for us

Volunteer with us and help refugees rebuild their lives.

Our volunteers are amazing! They come from all walks of life, from retired therapists providing mental health support to students on social care placements, past Refugee Council clients and local people. They contribute in many different ways, from arranging trips or hospital appointments to giving English language sessions and befriending.


volunteer hours were donated in 2019/20
“I’ve been volunteering in Hull for three years. The best thing about it is looking around and seeing all the students’ faces with huge smiles on. They want so much to learn English quickly. I love being such a positive part of people’s lives.” Graham

We are always looking for volunteers in London, Yorkshire and Humber, the West Midlands and the East of England. We ask all volunteers to commit to at least one day/one session per week and for a minimum of three months. Some roles require specialist skills but most only require enthusiasm and an interest in refugee and asylum seeker issues.


Volunteer opportunities

The Refugee Council exists to support refugees in the UK. You can help ensure they are treated fairly and live with dignity by volunteering.

“I find it rewarding to be able to show our clients that people do care. I enjoy the sense of team work and comradery with the volunteers, and also between the volunteers and clients. Getting to see the immediate positive feedback from clients when you’ve been able to help them or they’ve enjoyed the lunch you’ve helped make is really rewarding.” Sarah

Supporting you to volunteer

You will have a volunteer coordinator to support you and all the training you need to make sure that the placement works for you as well as for refugees. Volunteers can attend our professional training courses when possible, free of charge and we will reimburse you for lunch and local travel costs.


of volunteers feel that their contribution is valued


of volunteers said staff and volunteers worked well together
“I have been volunteering at the refugee council since November 2018. In my role as an Integration Adviser with the New Roots project I felt valued and welcomed by both staff and other volunteers alike. I have received consistent training and supervision from the staff members. I always feel able to approach senior advisers at any time and they always offer their support when needed.” Amal

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