Volunteer



PLEASE NOTE – we ARE NOT recruiting volunteers at the moment, as we now have enough volunteers for the roles available and our next core training course is full.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please keep an eye on this page of our website where we will notify people when we are able to recruit new volunteers again.

In the meantime, you can read a bit about the volunteer roles at WERS below.

“The people I meet at WERS show me what really matters, security, shelter, freedom, respect, love of family and friends. WERS does all it can to bring these into the lives of persecuted people who have been denied them’’. WERS volunteer

We work with a fantastic group of volunteers who help us deliver our services. We have volunteer support workers, drop-in helpers, befrienders, skillsmatch buddies, gardeners, admin helpers and volunteers delivering food parcels.

Our volunteers have provided invaluable support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of our face-to-face support was paused for several months, with lots of activity taking place remotely. We have recently re-started safe face-to-face volunteering.

Befrienders – you will be matched with one other person who is in need of social contact and emotional support, helping them to feel more welcome, supported and connected with the local community. You will be in touch every 1-2 weeks both over the phone and / or in person, volunteering for a few hours every 1-2 weeks.

Support workers – you will either be seeing people who come to our twice weekly Drop-in Advice Sessions, to help with problems and queries they have, or you will be contacting people by phone to provide support and information each week. You will be supervised and supported by our staff support work team.

Skillsmatch buddies – you will help to deliver our weekly skillsmatch sessions. Skillsmatch is a supported volunteering project for refugees and asylum seekers that matches their skills and interests with volunteering opportunities in the community, via a bespoke online platform. People come to our weekly sessions to complete their personal profiles, find out more about available volunteering roles, and receive support where needed to make contact with voluntary organisations and apply for volunteer roles.

Please note that all volunteers need to be able to commit to at least 6 months of volunteering once they have completed their core training, preferably longer.

“The generosity and spirit of all the people who work at WERS never ceases to amaze me. They are all very supportive, positive, knowledgeable and organised. All round, a very professional, human organisation”. WERS volunteer



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