Refugee Council
Central London, Greater London (Hybrid)
£33,459 - £36,579 per annum
Contract, Fixed Term to 31 March 2023, Full-time
Job description

Wellbeing & Work for Refugee Integration Project

The Refugee Council is working in partnership with the East of England Strategic Migration Partnership/Local Government Association and eight other regional organisations to deliver a 33 month integration project for refugee adults, families and separated asylum-seeking children.

Funded by the Asylum & Migration Integration Fund (AMIF), the Wellbeing & Work for Refugee Integration Project aims to promote effective integration by improving access to the labour market for 650 refugees across the East of England.  Participants will benefit from a bespoke wrap around programme which encourages engagement with three core activity streams:

  • Tailored employment advice, education and training opportunities
  • Flexible ESOL provision aimed at improving communication and confidence
  • Specialist wellbeing/therapeutic support with a focus on increased resilience and self-care

The Refugee Council is leading on the Wellbeing stream of this project and is now looking to recruit a number of qualified and experienced psychological therapists across the East of England region, working within a holistic framework to support refugees experiencing mental health barriers to accessing education, training and employment opportunities.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to refugee mental health and wellbeing within a regional setting, exploring creative ways of reaching and engaging participants ensuring effective communication and referral pathways between project partners and key wider voluntary and statutory organisations.

Context and Purpose of the Job

The Refugee Council is one of the lead organisations in the UK working with asylum seekers and refugees. Our operational teams based in various locations in England provide advice and assistance across a wide range of issues, working with individuals, families and children to increase their resilience, build their confidence and aspiration and access key services such as housing, welfare benefits, health, education and employment.

The Therapeutic team provides one-to-one psychotherapy and group psychoeducation to refugees presenting with mental distress. The team has developed a Therapeutic Care Model, adapted within regional settings to address the needs of refugees who:

  • arrive under Resettlement programmes, within family units, often with multiple physical and mental health needs among adults and children (adults service)
  • arrive either via the National Transfer Scheme or spontaneously via ferry routes/motorway drop-off points (unaccompanied children service)
  • have claimed asylum in the UK, gained refugee status but remain isolated/at risk of destitution
  • have experienced high levels of loss and separation from family members, compounded by current isolation in rural/ small town locations
  • may be survivors of torture, organised violence, conflict zones and trafficking

For more information about this role and to apply, please visit our website via the Apply button.

Closing date: 14 May 2022

Posted on: 27 April 2022
Closed date: 14 May 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Volunteer Management, Operations