Forth Valley Welcome are a group formed in June 2015 in the Stirling Council area, concerned about the plight of vulnerable refugees in Syria. Our work has naturally evolved to cover Clackmannanshire as well. 'Vulnerable Refugees' are identified by the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and should not be confused with the complex, on-going migration crisis in Calais or other parts of Europe.
We are looking for befrienders to offer refugees an opportunity to form a trusting relationship, which helps him/her to settle in Scotland, learn English and get to know a new environment. The exact nature of the role will depend on what you can offer and what the refugee needs. You may take refugees shopping or accompany them to appointments as a supportive companion. If you have a car, you may deliver donated household items or take refugees on outings or to distant appointments. If you speak Arabic (this is not necessary) this may provide help with translation but all refugees are attending English classes and looking for opportunities to practice conversing in English. You may meet refugees to socialise, go on outings etc. You may also help to run activities for adults or children at a Forth Valley Welcome drop-in session.
The time commitment is flexible and can be tailored to suit the volunteer’s availability.
You will be supported with 3 hours of induction training (will be done as a group or individually depending on volunteer applications at the time); and will work in a supportive befriending team with experienced volunteers. All volunteers also have access to support from the SCF's befriending coordination team.
Stirling Citizens for Sanctuary was set up last year Scottish Charity No. SC046404 (SCIO), working in Stirling and Clackmannanshire to support the resettlement of vulnerable Syrian refugees and others with similar needs.
Travel details: Reasonable expenses will be paid. Expenses for trips organised by the volunteer won't be covered, unless there is prior agreement to do so from the befriending coordinators.
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Not paid for trips the volunteer organises unless previously agreed.
Training details: 3 hour induction session is held a few times a year. Informal one to one training can also be provided for volunteers who join at other times.
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