Volunteer

Volunteer Roles

The fantastic team of volunteers at Bristol Refugee Rights is fundamental to the work of the organisation, and without the energy and commitment of volunteers we simply could not deliver our services. We have well over 100 volunteers, who together give more than 20 000 hours a year, making a huge difference to the lives of asylum seekers and refugees in Bristol.

Our volunteer team is incredibly diverse, and includes people of all ages and backgrounds. We aim for a 50/50 split between volunteers who are BRR members – asylum seekers and refugees who use our services – and volunteers who are not members.

Members and non-member volunteers working together is one of the thing that makes our organisation so special; everyone learns from each other. People build lasting friendships and help each other through the challenges and the injustice which are both witnessed and experienced.

During the Pandemic, the roles of our volunteers have changed as we have adapted our services to a new way of working.  Most of the volunteer work is being carried out remotely.  We have developed new roles to enable us continue with supporting the members.

Current volunteer roles include:

Outreach/Welfare calls: reaching out to members through phone, WhatsApp and zoom to offer a friendly chat, check on member’s welfare, offer support and establish their needs.

Advocacy caseworkers: supporting the Advice team remotely to help members navigate the complex and adversarial UK asylum process.

Admin support: working remotely to ensure records are up-to-date and data has been input into the organisation database.

Virtual Group session Support: ensuring the smooth running of online groups, sending reminders to members on activities taking place on the virtual platform.

English Teachers: preparing and delivering English classes online either one to one basis, or in a group.

Teaching assistants: supporting teachers to deliver classes virtually.

Education assessments: carrying out short tests on phone, to assess new students’ levels of English.

Tech Support: Uploading top-ups on member’s phones as required as well as supporting members with technology queries as needed

Community interpreters: offering interpreting services to speakers of other languages.  Members speak a range of languages including Amharic, Arabic, Farsi, French, Kurdish, Mandarin, Somali, Tamil, Tigrinya and Urdu, among others! These volunteers are vital in all areas of BRR work.

Volunteer With Us

So as to be able to provide quality training and support we recruit new volunteers in groups, usually two or three times each year.

Our next recruitment will be in Spring 2021 – dates to be confirmed.

If you would like us to email you when we next recruit, please register your interest by filling out the form below.