Operations Volunteer - Breaking Barriers - Breaking Barriers

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You will work closely with staff, either in person or remotely, on ‘behind the scenes’ projects and tasks that are vital to Breaking Barriers. This role will vary depending on the projects that are available in Birmingham, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Liverpool or London, and your professional background.

Contact [email protected] for more information, otherwise visit our FAQ page.


I would recommend volunteering at Breaking Barriers to anyone as it is incredibly rewarding. Sometimes it is difficult to feel that you are making a difference in the world, but Breaking Barriers certainly do their part.

Eiman - translator/interpreter

Key Responsibilities

These will vary depending on the project but can range from administrative tasks to project development and consulting at a senior level.


  • Computer literate and access to a laptop or computer with webcam
  • Fluent/native level of English
  • Organisational skills, teamwork and reliability
  • Clear communication skills
  • Alignment with our mission to help refugees acquire the knowledge, confidence and experience to get meaningful employment
  • Beneficial: language skills (including Arabic, Farsi/Dari, Tigrinya, Amharic, Somali, Pashto, Tamil etc).


Roles are ad-hoc and will vary depending on the project, but a typical commitment is 4-8 hours per week for 3 months.


This role can be remote and/or at one of our offices:

  • Birmingham: Landmark, 2 Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6GA
  • Glasgow: Coming soon!
  • Greater Manchester: Landmark Office Space, Chancery Place, 50 Brown Street, Manchester,M2 2JG
  • Liverpool: Coming soon!
  • London: WeWork, 71-91 Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN

Benefits of volunteering

  • Have a genuine impact on Breaking Barriers and the lives of refugees.
  • Increase understanding of the barriers refugees face in accessing employment in the UK
  • Develop your knowledge and skills
  • Gain an insight into how Breaking Barriers works
  • Be part of an innovative charity that is growing all the time
  • Meet other like-minded volunteers
  • Full induction and training provided

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Emma has been using her knowledge as a lawyer to help refugees break into the legal sector.

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Eiman is a English and Arabic translator/interpreter that's been volunteering for Breaking Barriers since November 2022. In her spotlight, Eiman will be sharing her experience of volunteering, as well as one of her highlights at Breaking Barriers.

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Renee has been volunteering with Breaking Barriers on our Education programme as an English teacher.

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Sabrina is an Advice and Guidance volunteer, who began supporting clients in London in 2019 and has recently been supporting BB with regional expansion by delivering 1:1 employment support to new clients in Birmingham.

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Stefano is an Advice and Guidance volunteer whose background in lecturing has supported refugees into further education and employment.

Have more questions?

We have a dedicated page to help answer any questions you might about volunteering in Birmingham, Greater Manchester, or London. If you still can't find what you're looking for, please contact [email protected].

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