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UASC (Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children) Integration Volunteer

Who are we

Independent People supports 16 to 25 year olds who have faced or are facing homelessness in the South West. We house and support young people to build independent lives.
All our Volunteers are looked after as part of the VIP scheme.
Our aim is to make sure everyone gets something out of your volunteering experience; you, us and the people we support.
Because we think we’re all VIPs.

Variable hours - including evenings and weekends

The role:

We have an increasing number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people entering our services. We are looking for volunteers who can provide short to medium term support to young people at the start (within the first couple of weeks of their arrival into Bristol and South Gloucestershire.)
The support will aim to help integrate the young person into their local community and access services in both Bristol and South Glos.
You will be part of the St. Georges House Hostel and South Glos. Team and supervised by the UASC Support Worker and St. Georges House Manager and South Glos. Services Manager. Based either at our hostel in Bristol or Patchway office and covering Bristol and South Gloucestershire area.

Tasks can include:

• Signposting and supporting UASC young people to attend community groups, places of worships, GP appointments, dentist, and social activities.
• Introducing UASC young people to public transport and supporting them to develop confidence to access independently.
• Introducing UASC young people to understand currency and shopping for daily essentials
• Supporting UASC young people to set-up home
• Acting as an appropriate adult to UASC young people wishing to access services (such as ESOL classes– English for Speakers of Other languages).
• Providing emotional support to young people
Due to the nature of the role, we need volunteers who can be flexible and called upon with short notice.

Key skills:

• Friendly and welcoming
• Ability to work alongside young people and staff
• Organisational and communication skills
• Work in a confidential and respectful manner
• Record information accurately
• Reliable in attendance
• Flexible and called upon with short notice
• We particularly welcome volunteers who speak a second language

We offer:

• Travel expenses (inc. mileage where needed), lunch if volunteering for a full day, free tea/coffees at offices etc…
• Access to training
• Full induction, regular support and supervision
• Access to Reflective practice
• Materials and equipment
• References for future employment (after six months of volunteering)

Closing date for applications – Recruitment for this voluntary role is ongoing as we would like to recruit a bank of volunteers.

UASC Integration Volunteer Role Description here.

Please use the Volunteer Application Pack to apply and return to

We are committed to Equality and Diversity. Therefore, we ask you to submit this form along with your application.

Read our full Volunteering Policy (pdf 140kb) and DBS Information Page (pdf 183kb).

Successful candidates will require two satisfactory references.
Any enquiries or if you need a paper version sent to you please email
or call 0117 317 8800

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