Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CARAS) is a charity that supports refugees and asylum-seekers living in south-west London and helps them to play their full part in the community. Arriving as a refugee in the UK can be a terrifying and disempowering experience. Difficulties with language, accessing services and overcoming prejudice are ever-present. We exist to help refugees overcome those challenges and to help them rebuild their lives.
We offer a range of individual and group support to improve the holistic wellbeing of people who have a forced displacement background, providing them with the tools they need to build lives filled with value, meaning and purpose in the UK. Our activities for adults include currently include: ESOL classes; social and recreational activities and legal casework.
About CARAS’s Adult Programming
CARAS has been providing support to adult refugee women since 2005, promoting skills and confidence development that helps women gain more power in their lives. COVID has posed unprecedented challenges to asylum seekers and refugees in London, shifting the needs of the communities that we work with. CARAS is responding to this shifting landscape, and we are expanding our work with adults to include male and female asylum seekers who have recently arrived in the UK. Many of those we’re speaking to have arrived alone in the UK, and have been living in temporary Home Office accommodation for months. We’re building a diverse set of programs to meet the holistic needs of adult asylum seekers and refugees in South London, helping them feel welcomed and folding them into local communities.
About the Role
CARAS will begin running wellbeing workshops with men from a forced migration background in February 2021 in partnership with Talk Wandsworth and Merton Uplift. The workshops will be co-created with participants through a focus group discussion and will aim to help individuals build connections, resilience and assertiveness, helping them set and achieve goals.
As a CARAS Men’s Wellbeing Workshop Volunteer, you’ll join the CARAS team to help bring these workshops to life. You’ll help men feel welcome and support the workshop facilitators in delivering sessions to the highest standard. CARAS Men’s Wellness Workshops will run monthly starting in February and run for two hours in the daytime. By signing up to volunteer with CARAS, you’ll be committing to attend weekly sessions for a minimum of four months.
For the time being, all CARAS activities are being run online. Starting on Zoom, we hope that our women’s workshops will move to face-to-face delivery when it is safe to do so. Volunteers should have their own laptop, internet connection, and be able to volunteer from home for the time being.
Tasks and responsibilities
* Assist with the logistical set up of the sessions, supporting facilitators where needed.
* Create class registers and records as required.
* To attend and contribute to volunteer de-briefs which occur 15 minutes after each session.
* To act as a positive role model and set standards of behaviour when volunteering CARAS.
* To encourage and inspire individuals to reach their full potential.
* To assist individuals to both recognise and celebrate their achievements.
* To challenge peoples’ negative attitudes and behaviour in an appropriate manor.
* To adhere to CARAS Confidentiality policy, Health & Safety policy, Equal Opportunities policy and all other policies as relevant.
* To be able to dedicate two hours a week for a minimum of four months.
* Be male identifying.
* To have interest in working with refugees and asylum seekers.
* To be non-judgemental, and able and willing to engage with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, and differing levels of English.
* To be reliable and punctual.
* To be a current resident in the UK.
* To provide five years’ worth of addresses, and be willing to undergo a UK DBS check.
* To attend CARAS General and Safeguarding Training, and any further training as necessary.
* To be 18 years or older.
Through volunteering with us you will
* Meet new members of your local community
* Learn about different cultures
* Learn about issues relating to refugee and asylum seekers
* Work as part of a friendly, welcoming team
* Develop your skills and competencies
* Be able to access relevant training, including safeguarding
Please fill in the volunteer application form and email it to us.
Successful applicants will have an informal meeting with the Head of Adult Inclusion, these meetings will be on a rolling basis so apply ASAP!
Please fill in your details in the Volunteer application form attached and send it back to us at with email subject "Men’s Wellbeing Workshop Volunteer".
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