Kurdish-speaking volunteer for women’s group (female), Birmingham - Refugee Council

Kurdish-speaking volunteer for women’s group (female), Birmingham

About the Women’s Group

The Refugee Council in Birmingham runs a weekly group for newly arrived asylum-seeking women. The group runs each Monday morning in the refugee hostel on the Bristol Road (near the “MacDonalds” junction with Belgrave Road). The idea is to introduce women in simple terms to important aspects of British life such as the health and education systems, and free things going on in Birmingham. Sometimes we do craft work together and in good weather we go on local outings. Importantly, the group provides a way for women to meet each other and feel less isolated.

What will I do?

Because of the high number of Kurdish-speaking clients joining the group, we are desperately in need of a female, Kurdish-speaking volunteer to help us run this group.

The volunteer will work alongside the other volunteers running the group (2-3 at a time) and help interpreting for Kurdish-speaking women attending the group, making sure they understand the information they are given and they are able to take part in the activities of the group fully.

 Useful skills and experience

  • Fluent Kurdish.
  • Empathy and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience of working/volunteering with vulnerable adults (desirable but not essential).

This role is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check. Checks will be arranged by Refugee Council at no cost to the volunteer.

 What support will I receive?

  • Support from other volunteers and the group supervisor.
  • Travel expenses.

 Skills and experience to be gained from the role

  • Gaining an insight into the life of asylum seekers in the UK.
  • Using language skills for a worthwhile cause.

 I want to help

Please fill in the application form and send it to Anna at anna.raffetti@refugeecouncil.org.uk. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.