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Ways to support unaccompanied refugee minors living in Cambridge

posted 11 Feb 2017, 14:15 by Tony King
Cambridge is currently home to ten unaccompanied refugee and asylum seeking young people. Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign have recently met with Cambridgeshire Social Services staff to discuss the ways in which we can support them in caring for these unaccompanied young people. We are seeking volunteers to support us with:
English language learning
One of the most important skills that will enable these young people to make Cambridge their home is the ability to speak English. We need ESOL-qualified teachers  to provide one-to-one ESOL support and are particularly keen to hear from anyone able to commit time in the evenings.
Life skills
Life skills are crucial for young people to be able to deal with the demands and challenges of everyday life. We are looking for volunteers willing to help with skills like budgeting, cooking, shopping, communication with authorities, social norms etc.
Community access
We are also looking for volunteers to help young people access the community; to encourage them to explore the City and everything it has to offer. This might involve taking them to places such as shops, markets, libraries, or museums. We also want to introduce them to health services, council services, places of worship, and so on. 
If you are interested in doing some one-to-one or group work with these young people, please send Adrian Matthews ( a short resume and a description of what you are able to offer. Please provide your contact details and availability, and state  whether you speak any of the following languages: Kurdish Sorani, Dari, Tigrinya. We will forward your details to Cambridgeshire Social Services who will undertake a DBS check. Once that comes through, you will be matched with a young person and will be able to start your work with them. 
We look forward to hearing from you!