E15, London
Job description

Time commitment: Fridays, 10.30am – 1.30pm from 20th September


About the New Roots Team

New Roots is a project funded by the European Commission’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). It includes three separate teams:

  • Engage - providing welfare and housing advice and private rented scheme
  • Connect - delivering social integration activities
  • Aspire - providing employment support


ESOL provision falls into the Connect element of the project which aims at helping refugee clients develop their language and soft skills; orientate themselves in London; engage with their local community; and learn about their rights and entitlements in the UK. Current, past and future Connect’ s services include: English conversation clubs, a knitting group, an English-for-work course, a Digital Skills course and social outings for clients and their families. 


What will I be doing?

You will support the Social Integration Coordinator in the delivery of weekly classes to refugee mothers and their children  (aged 0-4 years). The classes will deliver functional language skills in combination with health and parenting information in a ‘stay and play’ format. Sessions will focus on aspects of family life, such as health, housing, shopping, and consist of infant-centred activities, taking place in a fun, relaxed environment where mothers can learn with their children .

Tasks will include:

  • Assisting the Social Integration Coordinator in delivering the class and, after the 12-week trial period, taking on the delivery of the class when the course is repeated.
  • Setting up the room and clearing up after the group has met.
  • Ensuring materials for the sessions are printed.
  • Helping the Social Integration Coordinator with creating materials for the sessions.
  • Completing necessary administrative duties (e.g. attendance register, simple records of work, paying travel expense to attendants).
  • Monitoring progression and feeding back any issues.
  • Complying with Refugee Council’s confidentiality, data protection and safeguarding policies and procedures.


Useful skills and experience

  • ESOL and/or English Language teaching qualification or Adult PGCE - ESSENTIAL
  • Previous teaching experience of groups of people from refugee, asylum seeker or migrant backgrounds and from diverse communities is desirable but not essential.
  • An interest in working with children.
  • Ability to work independently and unsupervised.
  • Excellent communication skills, including empathy and patience.
  • Enthusiasm and creativity.
  • Be able to hold and respect confidences and behave in a respectful and appropriate manner while dealing with sensitive situations.


This role is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check. Checks will be arranged by Refugee Council at no cost to the volunteer.



What support will I receive?

  • An induction to the work of the Refugee Council.
  • Regular support from the Social Integration Coordinator and the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Travel expenses up to £10.


What will I get out of it?

  • The opportunity to use your teaching skills for a worthwhile cause.
  • The opportunity to help some of the most isolated women in our society improve their language skills and fight social isolation.
  • The opportunity to learn more about the life of refugees in the UK.


Posted on: 21 August 2019
Closed date: 05 September 2019
Tags: Support Worker, Teaching