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Refugee Week 2020 Day 5: Connecting Opportunities

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2020-06-19T08:21:22+01:0019th June, 2020|Categories: Connecting Opportunities, Headline posts|

We’re using Refugee Week as a way to explain how the work of LASSN has changed during Lockdown. Each day we’re offering examples of how we’ve adapted what we do, to make sure asylum seekers and refugees and other migrants at risk of harm remain supported, empowered, and integrated. What's changed? Like all the other LASSN projects that depend on face to face contact and support, Lockdown has been very disruptive. New referrals have been put on hold and we've suspended volunteer recruitment until we can do this safely. However, we've also been able to ensure that people who are still waiting to be matched with a CO befriender have not been left on their own. We've trained and deployed existing volunteers to become temporary ‘CO Telephone Befrienders’ to make sure everyone on CO Befriending waiting list has some form of contact during lockdown. As cafes and trips out are no longer possible, Volunteer Befrienders are now reliant on phone contact, Whatsapp, or Zoom to keep in touch. Everyone has been offered extra phone credit to help to make this happen and some matches are speaking more regularly now they are not meeting face-to-face! We've developed a weekly peer-support session for all LASSN volunteers called ‘Monday Meet Up’ to help share ideas and sharpen our online support skills. The online learning resources developed by English at Home have been particularly useful for Befrienders looking for virtual activities to do with their Befriendee A few participants decided to postpone Befriending for the time being – because they are too busy with childcare responsibilities, or – due to the emotional strain of Covid-19 - they just don’t feel able to focus on Befriending right now Our ‘Tea and Talk’ sessions have moved online, thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of our brilliant volunteers. Taking a large-ish social group running in a massive cafe in town on line is no small feat - and takes a lot of energy to rapidly overcome the barriers of confidence, technical knowledge, and equipment to get online, get into the meeting, feel welcomed and supported and for it also to be fun! We've done this by focusing on what's important to the folks who attend tea and talk - using a ‘Tea & Talk’ Whatsapp group to make communication easier and to choose topics for conversation. We've also made us of a lot of visual aids to facilitate conversations, i.e. ‘Show and Tell’: sharing an object that is special to you with the group, and explaining why it's special; sharing decorations made during Ramadan, photos and recipes. “Thank you…You don’t know how much I enjoy these lovely two hour talks. Time really flies.” I’m Laura . I’m Egyptian. I have been in the UK since 2014. I came first to North Wales. I stayed 2.5 years there . I felt so lonely . I didn’t know anybody there. Nobody asked about me . I felt very depressed. After this my husband came to Leeds and started a [...]

Job: Volunteers Manager (Connecting Opportunities: Mentoring & Befriending) £26k

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2019-08-05T14:21:21+01:0025th October, 2018|Categories: Connecting Opportunities, Vacancies|

We are looking for a Volunteers Manager to  oversee the work of LASSN’s Connecting Opportunities: Mentoring and Befriending Project, to enable refugees and other migrants with a right to stay in the UK to increase their confidence, improve their spoken English, and to understand and make stronger connections with their neighbourhoods and communities. Salary: NJC Scale SO1 (SCP29-31) £26,470 - £28,221 Hours: 37 hours a week Location: LASSN office, Oak House, Leeds LS3 1EL Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 12th November 2018. People with lived experience of migration with relevant skills and experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications on a Job-Share or Secondment basis considered This funding for this post ends at the end of June 2019, although it may be extended. The person we appoint will • have at least 12 months’ experience of supporting volunteers, • enjoy working flexibly in a small, friendly team. • share LASSN’s commitment to ensuring asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants at risk of harm are safe, respected, supported and empowered to rebuild their lives free of persecution; • have a commitment to helping ordinary people find ways of making Leeds a friendlier, more welcoming city. • be confident working with IT (including Microsoft Office) and • enjoy helping other people learn and acquire new skills. Their can-do approach, and ability to complete tasks to agreed deadlines will play a key role in the smooth running of a team that values diversity, kindness, and high standards of support. The closing date for applications is 9am Monday 12th November 2018; Shortlisted candidates will be informed by 17:30 on Friday 16th November 2018; Interviews will be held on Tuesday 20th November 2018 If you want to have an informal conversation about this role call Jon Beech on 07845 298047 during office hours. Download an application pack as a zip or download the separate documents below Background info on LASSN CO Advertisement CO Application form CO Cover Letter CO Volunteers Manager JD (Befriending) CO Volunteers Manager PS (Befriending) Final