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Hillingdon Refugee Support Group - English Tutor



Details of the Charity:

Mission statement:

To bring, hope, dignity, and empowerment to unaccompanied refugees and asylum seekers aged 16-21 (up to 23 if still looked after) in Hillingdon. To work with individuals regardless of background, providing a welcome reception and both care and practical support in order to enhance their quality of life.

The primary focus of our work is via the BHUMP (Befriending Hillingdon Unaccompanied Minors Project) established in 2005 which offers friendship, practical and emotional support and training to young unaccompanied refugees and asylum seekers in order to combat their isolation and aid integration into the community.

  • Outreach Life Skills Services to hostels and supported accommodation
  • Weekly one-to-one drop in providing support: English, Maths, Emotional support, etc.
  • Arrival packs providing orientation to new arrivals
  • Raise awareness in wider community ensuring positive presentation of refugees
  • Practical support food and clothing donations

All activities provided designed to build confidence, provide safe opportunities for sharing and development enabling integration into British society.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

English (ESOL) Tutor Role description:

  • To facilitate English lessons for young unaccompanied refugees/asylum seekers aged 16-21.
  • To develop their capacity to enable them to communicate and engage more confidently. The content of lessons varies depending on the level of the young person’s English or Maths.
  • The aim of each lesson is to encourage the students to communicate with each other using the structures and vocabulary they have learnt, and to improve the four basic language skills: listening; speaking; reading; and writing.
  • Tutors to work with young people, to help significantly improve their English and Maths enhancing their chances of going on to further education, employment or training.

When required:

Wednesdays: 12pm - 5pm 

Thursdays: 12pm - 5pm

Minimum six month commitment.

Skills Required:

  • DBS check required (provided free of charge by Brunel Volunteers
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to keep information confidential
  • Good at listening and communication skills
  • Ability to work sensitively with others and show empathy
  • An understanding of the issues affecting unaccompanied refugees and asylum seeker

Additional Benefits:

  • Travel expenses reimbursed
  • Hours volunteered will be recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
  • All hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony
  • Interested? Apply below:
    Please note '*' denotes mandatory fields
  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the EU
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?