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Detention Welfare Volunteer

JRS UK are in urgent need of volunteers to help support those detained at the Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres, in line with the JRS mission of accompaniment. This role will offer confidential practical assistance such as assessing paperwork and liaising with legal representatives and other NGOs, as well as non-judgmental emotional support and a listening ear during a time which can be incredibly isolating for those detained. Volunteers must have ability to build trust and make people feel relaxed, with strong communication, literacy and listening skills, and plenty of patience and sensitivity.

We are currently seeking volunteers who can speak any of the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Sorani, Urdu, Vietnamese

We particularly welcome applications from people with migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Minimum commitment period for this role: 6 months

JRS will provide induction, training and support to all volunteers. 

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To apply for this role please e-mail Sara at to request an application form.

Phone Support Volunteer (Emotional Support & Befriending)

JRS UK are looking for volunteers who can assist with making regular phone calls to refugees to provide emotional support and friendship during this time. Many of our refugee friends feel even more isolated and lonely as a result of the pandemic and their needs often become more urgent, sometimes falling in and out of crisis. In line with the JRS mission of accompaniment, this role offers the chance for encounter, mutual relationship, and companionship by lending a listening ear to those of our refugee friends who need somebody to talk to.

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Minimum time commitment for this role: 3 months

We are in particular need of Amharic speakers for this role

JRS will provide induction and support to all volunteers.

To apply for this role please e-mail Sara at to request an application form.


Volunteer Driver (Emergency Response Team)

The COVID pandemic has suspended most day centres supporting destitute migrants leaving many with no source of support. JRS UK are in urgent need of volunteer deliverers who can collect food parcels and hygiene packs from the JRS UK office in Wapping and deliver them to vulnerable refugees in London. It is essential that those applying for this role have a full clean driving licence and access to a car (or bicycle with a trailer), and are willing to drive in London.

Volunteer availability: Mon – Fri during the day. Please note we are currently not making deliveries during evenings & weekends

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To apply for this role please e-mail Sara at to request an application form.


Jesuit Refugee Service UK
The Hurtado Jesuit Centre
2 Chandler Street, London E1W 2QT

020 7488 7310

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