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Volunteer Befriender & Mentor Connecting Opportunities
- Leeds Asylum Seeker Support NetworkallView all jobs

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

Connecting Opportunities offers people who are thinking about work the chance to

  • build their confidence,
  • improve their English,
  • making contacts and friends in their local community, and
  • find out about additional help and support available to them

LASSN’s volunteers are matched with a refugee or migrant and meet up with them for a couple of hours each week, building a relationship with them, and encouraging them to try new things.

Volunteers receive training tailored to their role and receive ongoing support from the Volunteers Manager.

Time Commitment:  

Volunteers Mentors and Befrienders must be able to spare two to three hours per week on a flexible basis. This would ideally be during the daytime, either on a weekday or weekend, but meeting on an evening is also possible. Befriending matches vary in length of time. Volunteers must be able to commit to the volunteer role with LASSN for a minimum of six months, allowing sufficient time to build trust and familiarity with each other.


Volunteers usually arrange to meet with their befriendees/mentees in public spaces. Home visits will be quite infrequent as the focus is on helping the individual to build their confidence and participation in the local community. Some meetings may also take remotely, via video or phone call.

Abilities and personal skills required:

  • Good listening skills and ability to put people at the heart of your work.
  • Ability to be non-judgemental.
  • Willingness to learn about the immigration process, the negative impact this can have on people, and the barriers faced by refugees and migrants in finding work.
  • Good communication skills in spoken English. Speaking an additional language would be added benefit.
  • Some understanding of British work culture.
  • Ability to motivate others and help them to find their voice.
  • Experience in working with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Ability to think through potential risks and take responsibility for personal safety and promote the safety and well-being of clients.
  • Willingness to attend three compulsory training sessions, regular supervision meetings and informal 1:1 support sessions with the Volunteers Manager, and quarterly peer support events to share knowledge amongst volunteers.
  • Willingness to work in line with LASSN’s Equal Opportunities, Confidentiality, and Safeguarding policies. 

For more information please see the LASSN website or contact Emily Stevenson, Volunteers Manager (Mentoring & Befriending 07927 115 574)


Hours: Part time

Contract: Fixed

Closing date for applications: Tuesday, 12 October 2021


contactContact: Emily Stevenson

phone07927 115 574




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