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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 particularly welcome applications from people with migrant and refugee backgrounds.

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Minimum commitment period for this role: 6 months

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

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

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 atuk@jrs.netto request an application form.

Refugee host with 'At Home'

One of the greatest challenges faced by the refugees accompanied by JRS UK,  is the lack of accommodation. The JRS At Home programme organises short term accommodation with individuals, parishes and religious communities for refugees who would otherwise be homeless.

If you live in the London area and have a spare room, you could make a huge difference to the life of refugee.

Find out more and apply

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

020 7488 7310

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