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.