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Volunteer Educational Mentor

Refugee Education UK (REUK)

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Support young refugees and asylum seekers for 1 hour a week with their English and Maths in your local area. Flexible hours and locations for mentoring.

Refugee Education UK (REUK) provides education support to young people affected by displacement and crisis. We support these young people to overcome the barriers that prevent them from accessing and progressing in education and training, in order that they may realise their potential and build a brighter future, whether in the UK or elsewhere. We work with unaccompanied minors, refugee and asylum seeking children in families, and young survivors of trafficking. The young people on this programme are aged between 14 and 25 years old.

Each Volunteer Educational Mentor provides individual educational support to one young person for one hour a week, for a minimum of six months. These sessions take place either in a public library local to the young person, or in the young person’s college library. Educational goals are set at the beginning of the mentoring relationship, and reviewed after six months. Mentors mostly work on the aspects of homework or classwork which young people find most challenging; at times, they also provide additional teaching and prepare resources. Mentors work closely with the REUK Educational Mentoring team who provide oversight, guidance and support.
To attend full induction training, other training as necessary, and complete all relevant child protection checks.

Role responsibilities:
Prepare and arrange the sessions with your mentee, including sending reminders each week.
Meet with your young person for a one hour session once a week, over the period of at least 6 months at a mutually convenient, public place, with the purpose of supporting young people to progress in their education.
To safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people you come into contact with
Complete weekly feedback for all mentoring sessions, whether delivered or missed.
Liaise with the REUK Educational Mentoring team for support in delivering mentoring sessions where needed.
Help to identify support needs of vulnerable students and ask your Mentoring Coordinator to contact REUK’s specialist team with these concerns for assistance from our specialist support worker.
Attend a six-month mentoring review with an REUK Educational Mentoring Coordinator.
Any other reasonable task requested by REUK.

If interested in this role please contact: Cennydd Young, cennydd@reuk.org, and apply through their website: https://www.reuk.org/volunteer quoting you found out about it through Volunteer Centre Sutton.

Youth Work,Advice, Information & Support,Befriending, Buddying & Mentoring

Language Skills, Maths, Communication Skills, Listening Skills

Experience of working with young people and the related challenges (ie: flexibility and patience sometimes required for youth work). Capacity to travel to a location convenient for the young person and an ability to meet the young person by 5:30 pm at the latest. Experience of working with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures Ability to work on own initiative and a willingness to take on relevant preparation Ability to think creatively and problem-solve Excellent communication/interpersonal skills Good organisational skills Ability to cope with emotionally-demanding and stressful situations Motivated by promoting the wellbeing of children and young people Commitment to and ability to work in accordance with REUK’s Child Protection policies and Christian Ethos (read more about this here: https://www.reuk.org/our-story).

We provide comprehensive training on your mentoring journey to providing a young refugee with one hour of support every week. Throughout the year, we have quarterly development trainings that focus on specific themes arising from mentoring and you get to learn and improve your mentoring methods.

1 hour a week. For a minimum of a six month commitment.

Further location details may be provided below.

Our office is based in Hammersmith but the volunteer mentoring can take place within or nearby your local area in public areas such as libraries or cafes.


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We are an equal opportunities employer, and welcome applications from a wide range of volunteers, including those with lived experience of forced migration, and from other backgrounds that are currently underrepresented among our volunteers and staff. Additionally, if you feel you would require reasonable adjustments in order to carry out the role or attend an interview at REUK due to a disability, caring responsibilities or any other reason, please give details in the 'any other notes' section of the application form or get in touch with the Mentoring Coordinator processing your application to discuss further.

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