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DASH (Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield)

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  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Drop-In Service Volunteers

Established in 2011, DASH supports refugees and asylum seekers and their families in the Huddersfield area. Our mission is to ensure asylum seekers and refugees in Huddersfield are safe, warm, dry and valued. DASH works with approximately 100 service users per week – 85% of which are people seeking asylum or pre-claim and 15% with recent leave to remain status. DASH specialises in supporting beneficiaries who are destitute but also offers help to those who are: In pre-claim status, Experiencing their initial claim, Refugees setting up benefits and a home after receiving a positive decision, Refugees in a family reunion situation, Seeking further support following refusal. Our range of support includes: Advocacy relating to benefits and accommodation, ESOL classes, Destitution support and hardship payments, Practical support with translation, transport, Home Office signing, detention and appointments. Weekly drop-in sessions offering information, emotional and social support. Most of this support is provided by volunteers supported by 2 members of staff and Trustees.

Opportunities Overview
  • Volunteer Role Title
    Drop-In Service Volunteers
  • About the Volunteer Role
    Our Drop-in volunteers are responsible for providing a welcoming service to clients, assisting staff members with providing support and information, and signposting to external organisations and services. Tasks might include: making phone calls to statutory agencies on behalf of clients, helping clients understand their paperwork, collecting and sorting donations (including food from supermarkets), setting up the venue and refreshments, and tidy up afterwards. You may also be assisting with reception and admin duties. We are looking for people who are able to engage with members of the public from a wide variety of backgrounds, be approachable and a good communicator particularly with people with limited English. You will be reliable and trustworthy and able to maintain confidentiality. We will offer you a full induction into the organisation, reimbursement of travel expenses and regular support meetings and training opportunities. In this role you will make a difference in someone’s life, support your local community and gain a greater understanding of asylum support and services. Our drop-in service runs on Thursdays from 9.30am - 3pm at Paddock Paddock Village Hall, Huddersfield HD1 4TX.
  • Role
    Regular
  • Type Of Regular
    Required to Volunteer on
  • Date
    Thursday Daytime
  • Suitable for under 18's
    No
  • Type of role
    Befriending/Support/Care, Teaching/Mentoring
  • Special Requirements
    Application form required, References required, Requires a DBS
Opportunities Location

Huddersfield


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