“I enjoy the contact and experience with a lot of people from different and 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 could not exist without volunteers. Volunteers work in all aspects of RSD’s projects: from managing the organisation in the form of trustees to direct work with refugees and asylum seekers and all aspects of administration.
Volunteers do not receive payment for their work, but are able to have necessary expenses refunded. Some volunteers may give 8+ hours per week to RSD; others may give 1 a week. Some volunteers help at specific events, for example the annual Refugee Week, others volunteer regularly each week.
RSD particularly welcomes volunteers who are asylum seekers or refugees.
How to volunteer with RSD
RSD aims to recruit volunteers for specific vacancies – these will be advertised through our web site, in our newsletters and occasionally through ECVS and the local newspaper.
RSD also accepts enquiries from individuals. The Volunteer Manager will arrange to meet the potential volunteer to discuss their skills and interests and how they may benefit the organisation.
If a potential volunteer does not currently match volunteering opportunity, details will be kept on file and the person contacted when vacancies occur.
All volunteers are required to complete an application form to become a member of RSD, and to provide references. Check the Vacancies section for specific roles we need.
Get to Know RSD
Following successful application and references, all new volunteers will be invited to an induction session. More detailed information will be shared regarding asylum and refugees in Devon, RSD, its history and plans, and projects within RSD.
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 specific activity coordinator or a staff member. Further relevant training opportunities are often available to volunteers.