Volunteers

Volunteering is fundamental to who we are and our way of working. Our services are delivered by a volunteer body that is a strong mix of long-standing and new volunteers, who are supported by a small staff team. 125 volunteers were active at Asylum Welcome through 2020-2021!

“I always find Asylum Welcome rather miraculous – a place that was created, and continues to exist and grow purely through people’s belief that it is the right thing to do. The levels of commitment and energy are absolutely inspiring. And what a lovely bunch of people! Even though I work mainly behind the scenes these days, I always leave feeling better about the world.” – Jan, Volunteer in Fundraising team

I decided a long time ago that I needed to help refugees the way that Asylum Welcome helped me. I understand what it feels like to be a refugee and I have a big passion to help other people
– Rose, Volunteer in Welcome Centre team

We currently have three volunteer-led services. Meet the coordinators below:

Janet Stewart

Food Bank Coordinator

Norman Price

Bike Project Coordinator

Ben Tuppen

Laptops Project Coordinator

We also have volunteers who provide advice, administrative support, English language classes, prison visiting, campaigning, fundraising and much more!

If you are interested in joining the team, you can read more about the roles and how to apply here.

“It is clear that Asylum Welcome can make a great difference to the lives of our clients and it has been a pleasure to be able to be a part of helping do that. The interaction with the clients has been the best part of what I have done – whether that has been sorting something out for them, listening to their difficulties and stories, or laughing with them.” Margaret, Volunteer in Huntercombe team

“When I am in Asylum Welcome, I don’t feel I am working in an office, I feel among friends who are active and working together to provide the best of what they can to help their clients.” – Khaled, Volunteer in Adult & Family Advice Service

“Volunteering at Asylum Welcome has been challenging in grappling with so many new systems about which I knew nothing before coming to AW, but the team is never-endingly supportive and I am enjoying learning so much. It is just so good to be part of a group of people who literally come from all over the world and all working to the same end.” – Nicky, Volunteer in Youth Service

“One of the most rewarding outcomes of my teaching has been to see the progress of a Syrian mother of three young children who had no spoken English on arrival three years ago and who now has a sound foundation with a correct use of grammar when she speaks, despite interrupting her lessons for over a year due to the birth of her third child” – Ilham, Volunteer in Education Service

“My favourite memories are of clients telling me about their skills and achievements: the specialist software that they use, their love of getting accounts in order, someone describing how he used to drive the aged family truck across the desert and had to be able to fix the truck himself whenever it broke down
– Katie, Volunteer in Employment Service

If you are interested in joining the team, you can read more about the roles and how to apply here.