Volunteer Befriender (Leeds,Wakefield) - Refugee Council

Volunteer Befriender (Leeds,Wakefield)

The UK government has committed itself to a Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (VPRS) and the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Programme (VCRS) whereby people fleeing persecution from Syria and other regions are selected and processed in the region of origin and brought to the UK with their status already determined. Under these schemes a specific quota of refugees will be coming to the UK for resettlement. The Resettlement Team in Yorkshire and Humberside provides advice and support for resettled refugees to help them access services and mainstream provision, and establish community links. Working closely with local stakeholders and in partnership with other voluntary sector agencies running similar services across the UK, the Refugee Council resettlement team promotes both the integration and independence of this group. A large aspect of the programme is increasing client’s independence and integration into the local community, and into life in the UK in general.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to support the Resettlement Team by befriending individual resettled refugees. Volunteers will enable them to become increasingly independent by facilitating integration into the local area. The volunteer will work from the refugees’ home, but has the opportunity to visit places, shop together etc. They will need to plan the sessions accordingly, taking into account the client and their specific needs/interests.

For more information please see the attached Task Description. Task_Description_-_Volunteer_Befriender

To apply please complete the attached application form and send to Fleur Gribble. Application_Form_Volunteering_2018