Volunteering Opportunities with Action Foundation
We need your help to support vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in and around Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic.
There are a couple of ways you can get involved:
Do you have your own transport and are not considered to be in a vulnerable category? Be on call to make non-contact deliveries dropping off essential supplies to those in need local to you. This could be collecting from a foodbank or dropping off supplies you have bought yourself.
Help us get the latest information and advice out to our beneficiaries in a wide enough variety of languages to make sure everyone understands. You could also help us with 1-to-1 calls. Priority languages: Arabic, Farsi, Tigrinya, Amharic, Kurdish Sorani, Spanish, and more. Minimum Level 1 (upper intermediate) in both English and the target language please!
Action Foundation would not be able to function in the way that it does without the incredible input of so many volunteers. However, many of our volunteers tell us that they gain as much as they give through their experience with us. Ordinarily we have a number of opportunities available for volunteering listed below, however due to the Coronavirus Pandemic our usual services are not running. If you would like more information about any of these roles in the future please email us at: [email protected]
I am interested in volunteering for…
Volunteer with Action Language
Qualified ESOL teachers
We are always looking for qualified and experienced volunteer teachers (CELTA or equivalent) to join our team. Volunteer teachers help us develop our work by committing to two hours per week teaching time and be willing to take responsibility for preparing and presenting lessons. Teachers need to share our belief in inclusion and value the individual, as well as appreciating the importance of teamwork.
You can find out more on our Teacher Information Sheet.
Volunteer Teaching Assistants
We’re also on the look-out for volunteer teaching assistants to work with the teachers of our free classes to support students in their English learning, through providing feedback, interaction, and a friendly environment. Volunteers will need to be able to commit to two hours per week and have some basic awareness of the issues facing asylum seekers and other migrants.
Find out more on our Teaching Assistant Information Sheet.
Volunteer with Action Hosting
We are currently recruiting hosts to be involved with Action Hosting. This exciting project matches hosts with a spare room in their home with a destitute asylum seeker. This scheme is the first of its kind in Tyne and Wear and provides much-needed support and accommodation to a vulnerable group on the edge of society. No experience is necessary as full training and support will be provided. If you live in Tyneside, have a spare room and would like to support this disadvantaged group please get in touch!
Volunteer with InterAction
Our Drop-ins are held in Newcastle on Tuesdays at The CastleGate at City Church and Thursdays at the West End Library. We regularly need volunteers to work with the Drop-in Manager, Coordinator and other volunteers to support the beneficiaries through welcome and registration, interpreting, collecting feedback, setting up and packing down the venue, engaging with clients by serving refreshments, playing games and organising or participating in sessions.
Time Commitment: 4 hours per week, 10:30-14:30 (minimum of one session on a Tuesday or Thursday)
Find out more by contacting [email protected] or call 0191 211 3547
“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the opportunity to volunteer at Action Language last year, and being so welcoming and encouraging whilst I was there. My time there last year sparked a real passion in me to work with migrants here in the UK, and it is a career path I am now looking at trying to pursue long-term. So thank you very much – I very much doubt I’d be sat here now had I not had the experience at Action Language!”