Epsom & Ewell Refugee Network is incredibly grateful to the many volunteers who have joined us and contribute their diverse skills and experience to our work.
If you have a skill or volunteering idea and want to find out if you can be of assistance, then please contact us or you can email our Volunteer Coordinator, Peter, directly on email@example.com.
Below you will see a range of volunteering opportunities that we are usually seeking to fill, but we are open to your ideas as well! See some volunteering opportunities below, and please click on those links to apply. You can also get in touch with us to chat about other opportunities if you'd prefer.
Learning English is the key to successful integration. Local colleges only offer part time courses, which is not enough for many of the people we work with. At EERN we offer many free group classes at the Hub. These run from 10am-2pm Monday to Thursday. We are always looking for volunteer teachers who can help with these by running a small group class.
Practising spoken English is very important to build confidence. Conversation Buddies are people who may not have an ESOL teaching qualification but are happy to meet for guided conversations with one or two refugees. These roles are fully supported by our ESOL team so you will get lots of support and guidance.
Children arriving in the UK have a steep learning curve to learn English and catch up with their peers at school. Many will have missed some education due to the process of being displaced. Our Homework Supporters visit them at home after school and help with reading, writing and other subjects. We match according to skills and interest, this is a very rewarding role particularly for anyone who has some teaching experience.
Some of the people we work with need lifts to appointments, help with accessing services or just general support to find their way around. If you are happy to help occasionally, you can join a dedicated WhatsApp group and jump in if you are available. We may also ask these volunteers to help with trips, fundraising events and occasional DIY jobs if needed.
If you are someone who enjoys organising events, then please consider volunteering with us. We hold activities and events from time to time with those we work with. Some examples of these include daytrips to the seaside and other school holiday activities. Some of our supporters hold events at their local church or school. We can provide support with a presentation or information.
We often have people who come to us seeking guidance to find a job. Many have significant employment experience in their countries of origin but need extra support to find a job in their area of expertise once resettled in the UK. If you have an area of expertise that you could share, we may be able to match your skills with those of a refugee in our local community to support employment readiness.
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