Location: Stratford, London
Commitment: Tuesdays, 11am – 1pm, starting in October
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
The knitting club will be part of the Connect element of the project and aims at providing a safe, socialising space for women to learn a new skill while practicing and improving their English language skills. We want the group to also be a chance for clients to boost their confidence and soft skills. For this reason we would like the volunteer to mentor one or more members of the group to enable them to eventually become ‘peer leaders’ and take the lead of the group in the future.
What will I be doing?
- Set up the room and prepare materials before the class (we have been donated quite a lot of knitting material to start the course with, but advice on more/different material to be bought is welcome).
- Teach the participants knitting skills, or help them improve their existing knitting skills.
- Identify potential participants whose skills are particularly advanced and who could become ‘peer leaders’, and mentor them.
- Make people sign the register and pay their travel expenses.
Useful skills and experience
- Very good knitting skills.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, especially patience and listening skills.
- Ability to work unsupervised.
- Experience of running knitting groups – desirable but not essential.
- Experience of working or volunteering with vulnerable adults – desirable but not essential.
This role is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (to be arranged by Refugee Council with no cost for the volunteer).
What will I get out of it?
- The opportunity to use your knitting skills for a worthwhile cause.
- The opportunity to help some of the most isolated women in our society boost their confidence and socialising skills.
- The opportunity to learn more about the life of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
What support will I receive?
- Induction on the work of the Refugee Council.
- Travel expenses up to £10.
- Support from the Social Integration Coordinator and the Volunteer Coordinator.
I would like to help
Please send us yuor CV and answer the follwoing three questions in your cover letter:
- What is your experience of knitting?
- Why would you like to help and what do you hope to get out of the role?
- Do you have any experience of running groups and/or working with vulnerable adults? (desirable, not essential)