About Upbeat Communities

Upbeat Communities is a Christian charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers - we work across Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. Our mission is to Help Strangers Become Neighbours. We achieve this by focusing activities on three key areas: Welcome, Empowerment, and Awareness Raising.

The services we deliver include welcome support for new arrivals, language classes through our Derby Language School social enterprise, health and well-being activities, enterprise and employment training, awareness raising, training and events. We are currently partnering with the British Red Cross on a four-year Derby-wide project called Survive & Thrive, as well as developing new projects such as a volunteer hosting scheme for destitute asylum seekers.

As a Christian organisation we are values driven, and everyone working with us is expected to commit to and actively demonstrate our values within their roles. Our eight values are:

  • We work to WELCOME

  • We create COMMUNITY

  • We are inspired to act with INTEGRITY

  • We exist to EMPOWER

  • We are committed to CREATIVITY


  • We are proud to be PROFESSIONAL

  • We have COMPASSION at our core

Why come and work for us

  • A positive working environment where staff are valued and cared for
  • An inclusive and friendly staff team
  • Regular support and supervision
  • Clinical supervision with a qualified Therapist (dependent on role)
  • Regular opportunities for team building
  • Flexible working conditions to promote a good work / life balance
  • Annual team retreat to recharge, re-envision and build relationships across the team
  • 25 days holiday plus 8 Bank Holidays for full time staff (pro rata for part time staff)
  • A generous mileage allowance for travel required for work
  • Opportunities for continued training and development
  • Access to language classes through our social enterprise (Derby Language School)
  • Competitive pension scheme (5% employer contribution matched by 5% employee contribution)

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