Thank you very much for considering volunteering with us. There are several ways you can get involved in helping refugee families resettle in our area.
These informal teams of about 8-10 volunteers build supportive long-term relationships with a family. They make occasional drop-in visits to say hello, pick up small tasks and arrange social outings. They are coordinated by the family's lead volunteer and work closely with their professional care worker.
Good English language skills are essential to enable the families to gain work and integrate into the community. We are looking for volunteers to help the new families learn English. This is an immensely rewarding experience, and no teaching or education experience is required. Volunteers will be provided with access to our online learning platform and other appropriate resources.
Fundraising & events
SWR makes grants to refugee families to assist in their long term resettlement and improve their quality of life. From warm clothes and children’s swimming lessons, to laptops and English language books. Our volunteers arrange events and initiatives, large and small, to finance these grants. This team also manages our digital and social media communications.
An alliance of central government, local government and community volunteers is standing by to receive, welcome and support additional refugee families. All we need is more private landlords willing to rent to a refugee family. Therefore, we are promoting the scheme and its benefits to local landlords, estate agents and other relevant networks. We need volunteers to work with us on this, and to help our team with the extra work generated by the Ukraine crisis. We would be delighted to discuss the various functions within the team - the most important attributes being good interpersonal skills and enthusiasm!
Finance & admin
As a small and growing charity we need experienced volunteers to help us manage our accounts and the increasing volume of important administration that is required of a registered charity. This includes managing DBS registrations, GDPR and data security requirements, and coordinating our pool of volunteer drivers.
Finding job opportunities
We try to help the refugees find work and training opportunities. For each refugee looking for work we build a good understanding of their previous skills, experience and the kind of work they are looking for. We help them prepare a CV and then reach out through our network of supporters and friends to identify leads and possible opportunities.
Mailchimp and Facebook
If you have experience in using Mailchimp or Facebook and would like to join our communications team, please contact us for an informal chat, or sign up using the volunteer form below.
We are looking for volunteer interpreters and translators in the following languages: Arabic, Turkish, Dari, Pashto, Kurdish and Ukrainian. If you can help we would love to hear from you.
Please get in touch
Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees is an entirely voluntary group; there are no paid employees. We can only make a difference through our combined efforts and teamwork as volunteers and supporters. All contributions, great or small – whether of time, money or donated items - are valuable and highly appreciated, and everyone is welcome to play a part in our work.
All our strands of activity need extra people to help – please let us know how you’d like to get involved and feel free to signup using the form below.