West End Refugee Service (WERS) is a registered charity which provides support services for asylum seekers and refugees in a friendly, welcoming environment. Our range of integrated services aims to address the disadvantage, exclusion and poverty which affect asylum seekers and refugees living in the West End of Newcastle. Clothing store volunteers give a few hours of their time each week to help with the daily running of our busy store. These volunteers play an important role in making sure that the clothing store is a relaxed and welcoming place, providing asylum seekers and refugees with a good choice of essential clothing, footwear and household items. Duties include helping clients find and check out items, receiving and sorting donations, and restocking the store. Many of our clothing store volunteers are WERS clients. Volunteering once per week provides a welcome opportunity to help others, to contribute something positive and for some, to gain work experience in the UK. We are now looking for ‘Warehouse’ volunteers as well, to compliment the team who volunteer in the clothing store. Warehouse volunteer duties will include sorting through donations in the store room, taking unusable items for recycling and assisting with the stocking of the store after closing hours. Duties include helping clients find and check out items, receiving and sorting donations and restocking We are looking for volunteers who are: • Good listeners & good communicators • Non-judgmental and respectful of others • Reliable and consistent when making arrangements and building a befriending relationship • Able to maintain confidentiality • Able to understand and adhere to the boundaries set out by WERS Previous experience of supporting refugees or asylum seekers is not necessary.
- Area of InterestLocal Community
- Volunteering TypeOn-Going Projects