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1 Refugees & asylum seekers volunteering – experiences & outcomes at Northern Refugee Centre Juan Varela Volunteer Befriending Scheme Worker

2 Northern Refugee Centre Independent charity Set up in 1983 Currently 14 paid staff Over 300 volunteers since 2001 Geographical range: South Yorkshire direct services Yorkshire / (UK) strategic / policy role

3 Current main areas of work Advice Community development Volunteering Employment research project Awareness-raising

4 Volunteer roles since 2001 Advice / Meet & Greet Befriending Conversation Clubs Reception / general assistant IT4Communities Total: over 300 volunteers

5 Volunteering evaluation

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10 conclusions Asylum seeker volunteers c.25% Refugee volunteers c.15% Some reasons for high figure: Quick induction Lots of company Single office; captive audience Barriers to refugees volunteering elsewhere or accessing information Total 40%

11 Volunteering Asylum seeker volunteers c.5% Refugee volunteers c.5% Some reasons for low figure Total 10%

12 Volunteering Some reasons for low figure: Funding specifically for befriending scheme Mental health focus One-to-one activity Slow induction and matching Criminal record checks Already volunteering in refugee community Volunteer Centre Sheffield refugee project

13 Refugee & asylum seeker involvement: benefits for organisation Broad range of backgrounds & experience Empathy with, & knowledge of, user group Education level higher than native populations Increases cultural awareness among staff Word of mouth publicity for organisation Skills & training enhanced service delivery

14 Refugees & asylum seeker involvement: benefits for them Not allowed to work, but can volunteer Improves English Reduces isolation, improves integration References, accreditation & skills jobs / education Opportunity to give something back

15 Good practice Extra support for volunteer if necessary Awareness-raising among organisations Good practice guides, e.g. A-Z of Volunteering and Asylum Translated information, e.g. Voluntary Action Sheffield website Networking and joint working Refugee community development work

16 Case study 1 Northern Refugee Centre work: 1 refugee community development worker, helping a few targeted groups and an awareness- raising group 1 Refugee Communities Forum Support Worker Rights & entitlements training course (funding from Challenge Fund; delivered by Advice Service Manager) Befriending scheme for refugees suffering from depression, anxiety, isolation etc.

17 Case study 2 Conversation Club Sheffield Run by volunteers Improving spoken English in welcoming environment Social activities High profile!

18 Case study 3 Volunteer Centre Sheffield Refugee & Asylum Seeker Project Aims: Give in-depth support to refugees and asylum seekers who want to volunteer and have been matched to a volunteer placement. Increase the number of suitable volunteering opportunities. Promote good practice in volunteering with refugees and asylum seekers.

19 Case study 3 (Volunteer Centre Sheffield)…

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22 Contact details Tel. Sheffield


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