Volunteer

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. .

“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

How to apply

We usually require volunteers to commit to at least one day a week during office hours. If you are interested in volunteering with us or would like more information then please email volunteer@asylum-welcome.org and fill out this application form.

Volunteer roles

Volunteering is a great way to do something meaningful and rewarding with your time, to gain skills and experience in the charity sector, to make new friends and to make a difference to the lives of others. Here are the different teams that you can join as a volunteer:

Adult & Family Advice

This service helps adult asylum seekers, refugees, vulnerable migrants and their families. We have volunteers who give advice and offer administrative support.

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Youth Service

This service helps young asylum seekers and refugees. We have volunteers who give advice and offer administrative support.

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Legal Immigration Advice

We are regulated to provide immigration advice and guidance (OISC Level 1 Immigration and Level 2 Asylum). We have volunteers who have the skills and knowledge to support applications that are not covered by legal aid.

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Education Service

This service helps adult asylum seekers and refugees who wish to continue their education and gain qualifications or who have children in school. We have volunteers who give advice, offer administrative support and offer one-to-one classes.

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Employment Service

This service helps refugees (and in rare cases asylum seekers) in and around Oxford with permission to work. We have volunteers who give advice and provide administrative support.

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Europa Welcome

This service helps Europeans and their family members in Oxfordshire who want to stay in the UK. We have volunteers who give advice and administrative support.

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Huntercombe

This service offers social visits to foreign national prisoners held at Huntercombe HMP. We have volunteers who visit, generally with language skills, and who offer administrative support.

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Welcome Centre

At our Welcome Centre, people can find someone to talk to and find information about our services. We have a team of volunteers who answer the phone and manage the space.

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Food bank

The food bank provides weekly parcels of fresh and packaged food, as well as toiletries, to clients in urgent need. We have a volunteer who coordinates the service. We also have volunteers who help make up bags and offer administrative support.

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Bike project

We help asylum seekers and refugees access bikes. We have volunteers who coordinate the service, repair donated bikes, offer administrative support and distribute bikes to our clients.

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Laptop project

We help asylum seekers and refugees access laptops. We have volunteers who coordinate the service, repair donated laptops, offer administrative support and distribute laptops to our clients.

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Refugee Community Organisations

We offer advice, training and support to refugee-led organisations. We have volunteers who run training sessions and who offer advice and training on how to develop a Refugee Community Organisation.

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Advocacy and Campaigning

We advocate for the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants. We have a team of volunteers who help with event organising, campaigning, social media and research skills.

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Fundraising

We need funds in order to support those in need. We have a team of volunteers who provide support with proofreading, social media, grant writing, reporting, administration and events