Location: Remote/Birmingham

Commitment: 4 – 8 hours (2 – 4 appointments) per month. We ask that volunteers can commit to around 3 – 6 months of regular volunteering.  

About Breaking Barriers:

Breaking Barriers is a small charity whose mission is that every refugee can fulfil their potential and integrate into the UK through finding meaningful employment that matches their skills and experience. We do this by offering our refugee clients employment advice and guidance, English classes, and IT and Numeracy classes.  

Since Breaking Barriers’ inception, we have grown to support in excess of 500 refugees per year. We are really excited that we are now expanding our services from London into Manchester and Birmingham!

What would I be doing? 

We are recruiting for Advice and Guidance volunteers to help our refugee clients to achieve their career aspirations by completing 1:1 employment support sessions. The role is varied, and support is tailored to each client: some clients may have never been employed before, some want to go to university, and others may be experienced professionals such as doctors, teachers or lawyers.   

Activities include: 

Supporting clients to write and format CVs and cover letters 

Helping clients prepare for interviews, and leading mock interviews 

Searching and applying for jobs in a range of fields 

Supporting clients to improve their English writing and speaking skills 

Contributing towards the monitoring and evaluation of clients progress and development 

Understand and adhere to Safeguarding Policy and GDPR Policy 

Appointments will be around 1.5 hours long and will take place between 10am – 5pm on weekdays. 

Skills and Experience:

Previous UK work experience and sector-specific knowledge of the UK job market

Excellent communication skills, including fluent/native level of English 

Confident with MS Word, online job searches and email 

Desirable: an additional language including Arabic, Farsi/Dari, Tigrinya, Amharic, Somali, Pashto, Tamil etc. 

Attitude and soft skills:

Able to act with compassion and adapt your approach to suit clients at various points in their journey to employment 

Reliable and flexible 

Possess initiative and problem-solving skills 

Benefits to the volunteer:

Make a genuine impact on the lives of our inspirational refugee clients 

See clients develop and achieve their goals 

Develop a range of skills including communication, mentoring, and problem solving 

Training and support provided, related to refugees and employment practices 

Be part of a new, innovative charity which is developing all the time 

"To apply for this role, you can visit our website at breaking-barriers.co.uk/volunteer-with-refugees and fill out a short application form, or alternatively email our Volunteer Officer at [email protected]  for further information."