Emma has been using her knowledge as a lawyer to help refugees break into the legal sector.
Aspire mentor volunteers work over six months in a mentorship with a client who is experiencing underemployment – the client is working or in education, but they might be overqualified for the work they are doing or working in a sector that does not align with their employment goals. Mentors and mentees are matched based on common professional sectors of interest/experience and work together to make strides towards clients’ long-term employment goals.
My passion for many years has been to mentor and coach people. I love to learn and I believe in continuous growth to keep your skills fresh and your mind active.
Sabrina – advice and guidance volunteer
- Provide practical support to clients at the centre, including:
- Creating tailored CVs and cover letters
- Accessing job sites with clients, and helping them prepare for interviews with
a more in-depth understanding of the sector
- Improving clients’ digital skills
- Meeting 1:1 with clients and tailoring support to their needs
- Excellent communication skills in English.
- Compassion and ability to put people at ease
- Reliability and flexibility
- Initiative and problem-solving skills
- Strong eye for detail so that handwritten notes can be added to the database
- Positive can-do attitude, and an interest in the work of Breaking Barriers
- Beneficial: Other language skills a bonus. Key languages are: Arabic,
Tigrinya, Farsi, Dari, Amharic, Somali or Pashto.
- Beneficial: Previous mentoring experience
We also ask that volunteers can:
- Provide two professional references
- Bring their own laptops during sessions
Benefits to the volunteer:
- Make a genuine impact on the lives of refugees
- Develop a range of skills including communication, problem solving and data
- Learn more about how a small, growing charity works
- Training and support provided, related to refugees and employment
- Be part of a new, innovative charity which is developing all the time