We're looking for someone to join our team in Birmingham - could it be you?
Having fled trauma or conflict in their countries of origin, most young refugees and asylum seekers experience ongoing hardship on arrival in the UK. In the midst of challenging circumstances, the majority speak of education as one of the most positive things in their lives, equipping them for the future and providing a stabilising context for their present. However, in spite of the value placed on education by these young people, without extra help and support it can be hard for them to move forward and fulfil their aspirations.
By matching up them up with trained RSN volunteer mentors from their local areas, these young people do better in education, grow in confidence and become more integrated in their communities.
120 young people meet each week with their own volunteer mentor. 10 of these are part of our new project in Birmingham. One of our Birmingham volunteers told us:
“Fatima wanted some extra support with her knowledge of the alphabet. We looked at differentiating between letter names and sounds and read some simple sentences. Fatima wanted to work on her writing this week. I asked her questions about herself and she answered them verbally before practising writing her written responses. Fatima is still finding recognising vowel sounds difficult. Especially a and i - we talked about the Midlands accent and how this could be causing her the confusion!
“Fatima’s reading has really improved since we began our sessions. It’s clear her commitment to her education is helping her make excellent progress. Fatima passed all of her most recent exams, which she was extremely happy about, as was I!”
Our team member in Birmingham is moving on and we’re recruiting her replacement. Could it be you?
We're looking for an empathetic, organised, calm, initiative-taking and knowledgable person to head our up work in Birmingham. You'll need to be a great communicator with a passion for RSN's mission and a track record of working with young people. As our lone staff member in Birmingham, you'll play a critical role in taking referrals of young asylum seekers and refugees and in recruiting, training and supporting the volunteer mentors who'll help them move forward in their education.