If you have a heart for refugees and asylum-seekers, there is plenty that you could do to help – depending on your interests, time and skills. The Syrian families in Ripon are encouraged to be as independent as possible, so there isn’t always a lot to be done directly with them. However, volunteering in other ways will usually bring you into contact with the families anyway!
Could you offer occasional lifts to help take families to events? It’s a lot of fun, and we’d love to hear from you. You’ll need to check out our policies, and specifically our use of vehicles policy.
Perhaps you could help out with events? This might involve catering, room set-up, serving refreshments, greeting people, publicity, or anything else, according to what you’d like to do. The sort of events we mean include:
- Our public talks to raise awareness of asylum issues
- Refugee Week events (June every year)
- A poetry reading at Ripon Poetry Festival (October every year)
- Planning and running parties and social events for the Syrian families in Ripon
- Welcoming refugees/asylum-seekers from other towns who come to us for a day out.
Every year at the end of June, an organisation called Refugee Week invites the whole country to think about asylum-related issues. It’s a great way to focus our efforts and engage with the community in Ripon, so we try to organise as much as we can, from public talks to going into schools to fundraisers. It’s a big chunk of extra work, but very much worth it. We’d love to have people join our Refugee Week planning team, so if you have time, ideas or skills to offer, please get in touch!
Volunteering placements for the families
Could you co-ordinate the search for – or even offer – volunteering work placements for local refugees? Volunteering would help to get them work-ready, enabling them to build skills, practise their English, and meet new people.
Please just drop us an email.