Emma has been using her knowledge as a lawyer to help refugees break into the legal sector.
The digital skills training volunteer role is designed to help refugees in Birmingham, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Liverpool and London fill the gaps in their understanding of key digital skills and how to access provisions online in a safe and legal way. The training is tailored to the refugee’s specific needs and is often completed over several weeks of 1:1 support.
What struck me the most, when I attended the training session, was the statistics of the extremely high level of unemployment among refugees, who have a right to work. It occurred to me that broader barriers than just the hostile environment may be responsible for the lack of employment of those who have entitlement to work.
Stefano - advice and guidance volunteer
- Training can take up to 8 hours over several weeks
- Volunteering can take place between Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:30pm
- 2-4 1.5 hour sessions per month for a minimum commitment of 3-6 months
- Volunteering for this role is in-person only
- Excellent communication skills, including fluent/native level of English
- Knowledge of essential digital skills (how to connect to Wi-Fi, Microsoft Office and Google suite, etc)
- Reliability and flexibility
- Access to Zoom and laptop
- Alignment with Breaking Barriers’ mission and values
- Desirable: an additional language including Arabic, Farsi/Dari, Tigrinya,
Amharic, Somali, Pashto, Tamil.
Benefits to the volunteer:
- Make a genuine impact on the lives of people from a refugee background
- Training and support provided, related to refugees and employment practices.
- Be part of a new, innovative charity which is developing all the time.