Volunteering

About Volunteering with Refugee Support Devon

“I enjoy the contact and experiences I have with people from different interesting backgrounds with a wide range of needs”

“I gained much satisfaction and knowledge, new friends and new skills”

“I meet amazing people. I have never met so many people who possess such dignity, good humour and intelligence”

Refugee Support Devon (RSD) could not exist without volunteers. Volunteers work in all aspects of RSD’s projects: from managing the organisation and administration of our drop-in services, to direct work with refugees and asylum seekers in the form of outreach work and English proficiency lessons.

Volunteers do not receive payment for their work, but are able to have necessary expenses refunded. There is no set number of hours an RSD volunteer must commit to, and it is possible to work on a range of projects either annually, monthly, or weekly depending on your availability. Whatever you can contribute, we are more than grateful for your time and dedication to our cause.

RSD particularly welcomes volunteers who are asylum seekers or refugees.

 

How to Volunteer with Refugee Support Devon

Refugee Support Devon (RSD) always welcomes enquiries from potential new volunteers. Please send an email to info@refugeesupportdevon.org.uk  telling us a little about yourself, your background, your interests, and the sort of skills you could bring to RSD. We will pass your details to our Project Coordinators and they will contact you as and when a suitable volunteer role comes up.

Selected volunteers will be invited to a training session which gives information about asylum and refugees in Devon, RSD’s history, and plans and projects within RSD. Volunteers attending this training session will be asked to complete a volunteer application form and provide two referees.

 

Get to Know Refugee Support Devon

Following a successful application and references, all new volunteers will be invited to an induction session with their Project Coordinator. At this session volunteers must agree to our strict confidentiality policy and agree to the codes and conduct of volunteering as set out in the Volunteer’s Handbook. A volunteer agreement is signed which sets out responsibilities of both RSD and the volunteer.

 

Support to Volunteers

Support is provided to the volunteer by more senior volunteers, the Projects Coordinators, and other RSD staff members. Further relevant training opportunities are often available to volunteers.

 

If you Need to Wait…

We receive many offers of voluntary assistance throughout the year and we are unfortunately unable to accept everyone immediately. If your background and skills do not match any current volunteering opportunities, your details will be kept on file and we will contact you as soon as suitable vacancies occur.

If you feel you want to help now, there are other ways to support our organisation: