Volunteer Opportunity

RSN works in Peterborough to support refugee and asylum seeking young people or survivors of trafficking with their educational goals. One way that we do this is through bespoke one-to-one mentoring and we rely on local volunteers to deliver this programme.

I am currently looking to recruit more volunteers in Peterborough who are committed to supporting refugee and asylum seeking young people with weekly educational mentoring. 

RSN is working towards a world where all young people displaced by conflict or crisis are able to build more hopeful futures through helping them get into, stay in and do well in education. 

To achieve this, RSN’s mentoring programme provides bespoke one-to-one mentoring opportunities to at-risk young refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking who need extra support with their education, particularly separated children. Mentoring is largely supported by volunteers and our Cambridge & Peterborough programme is currently looking to recruit new volunteer mentors. 

What is mentoring?

This is a really rewarding opportunity to tangibly welcome and support a young person who is a refugee or is claiming asylum in England. Mentors often become important adults in the young people’s lives, acting as role models and helping to combat isolation and loneliness.

Mentors are matched with a mentee, who they support to reach their educational goals. This is often related to ESOL or basic Maths skills.

Mentors meet their matched mentee for 1 hour per week in a public place (or on Zoom, dependent on COVID-19 restrictions). Meetings must take place on weekdays and start at 5:30 PM at the latest.

We ask for an initial commitment of 6 months.

Mentors who apply to work with us go through an application process involving an interview, external references and a DBS check before they attend our mandatory training which covers child protection, boundaries, the asylum process and how to structure mentoring sessions.

About Refugee Support Network

Refugee Support Network is working towards a world where all young people displaced by conflict or crisis are able to build more hopeful futures through helping them get into, stay in and do well in education. We do this through three key programmes: specialist education support, higher education, and educational mentoring. RSN is also involved in research and consultancy, and training.

RSN was founded in 2009 by members of Community Church Harlesden with widespread experience working in the refugee sector and international development.

As an organisation, we believe that one of the practical outworkings of the Christian faith is to provide care, support and welcome to the displaced, the disadvantaged and the poor. Our Christian theology shapes our view of the individual as a holistic being, with both physical and spiritual needs.

How to get involved

To enquire about becoming a mentor with us, please go to our website here and complete our enquiry form. The mentoring coordinator for Cambridge & Peterborough will then be in contact with next steps.

If you have queries, please contact eroper@refugeesupportnetwork.org

Best wishes,

Emily Roper

Educational Mentoring Coordinator (East of England)

Refugee Support Network (RSN)

Please note I work Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Call me: +44 (0) 7841 297459

Email me: eroper@refugeesupportnetwork.org

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