Connecting Opportunities: Befriending for Integration & Employment

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Volunteers Manager: Fidelis Chebe
Email [email protected]
Contact Number: 07927 115 574


Role description: Connecting Opportunities
Volunteer as a befriender


Referral guidelines
more info on Connecting Opportunities

What does Integration and Employment Befriending involve?

Refugees and other migrants sometimes struggle to find work in the UK.

Integration and Employment Befriending offers people who are thinking about work the chance to build their confidence, improve their English, and to making contacts and friends in their local community, finding out about the help and services available to them.

LASSN’s volunteers help with these issues, by meeting up with someone for a couple of hours each week, building a relationship with them, and encouraging them to try new new things.

Volunteers receive training tailored to their role and receive on-going support from the Volunteers Manager.

This project is part of the Connecting Opportunities programme.

What makes this different from LASSN’s other befriending service?

This service works exclusively with refugees and other migrants who have a right to work in the UK and is focused on helping people build their confidence and skills to get into work. It is part of the Connecting Opportunities programme. 

How do I get Integration and Employment Support, or refer someone I know?

Get in touch with Fidelis Chebe, the Volunteers Manager: 07927 115 574

They will talk things through and work out if this is the right service for you, or the person you’re calling about.

How can I help?

If you are interested in offering a couple of hours a week to meet with a refugee (or other migrant) and to help them build their confidence, please have a look at this role description and then complete this online application form. Please remember to tell us you want to volunteer with Connecting Opportunities.

Tell me more about Connecting Opportunities…

Connecting Opportunities works with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to work and be part of the local community. Ten organisations that specialise in working with migrants are offering tailored support, cultural orientation, English language classes and other training across West Yorkshire and part of North Yorkshire (Craven Harrogate, Selby and York). The project will also create new local connections, with opportunities for local people to be volunteer mentors and befrienders, and for employers to provide work placements to help people get a foothold in the job market.

Connecting Opportunities is funded by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme.

LASSN’s role in this partnership is to recruit and supervise volunteers who will provide befriending and mentoring support, to enable individuals to increase their confidence, improve their spoken English, and to understand and make stronger connections with their neighbourhoods and communities.

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