Get Involved

Taunton Welcomes Refugees was created by volunteers to help volunteers be effective as they offered neighbourly help to the refugees that live in their community. That purpose is still TWR’s core activity. Below are some of the ways that you can volunteer and help us continue our work. Although volunteer time is free (albeit highly valued), TWR does have other costs and we welcome donations to help us meet those obligations.

Volunteer

When refugees arrive they bring with them many issues. The challenge of integrating into a different society with a different language creates many more. The support they need to tackle these issues comes in many forms.

Whatever skills and time you can offer; there is probably someone who would appreciate your help. Below are some of the roles that volunteers have played so far. Please get in touch if you feel you could help with any of these; or anything else.

Trustee

TWR is run by a team of volunteer trustees. We would welcome new additions to the team. We would particularly welcome enquiries from someone with a refugee background. Ideally you will have time to help run the charity in specific areas, such as provision of English language teaching, arranging events or fund raising.  The trustees meet every month or so; we are currently meeting online. You will receive training on what being a trustee entails and on meeting and befriending people from other cultures. You will need to be DBS checked and provide references.

Befriender

Newly arrived families and individuals are often overwhelmed by all the changes in their life. A small group of volunteers can provide a friendly and trustworthy support in a sea of uncertainty and confusion. Just by spending time with them and showing them around their new town, they can gain the confidence they need to smoothly move to living an independent and fulfilling life in our society.

Teaching English

The most obvious hurdle that families face is learning English. This is a pre-requisite to doing many types of work and also engaging with local services such as schools and hospitals, and using the internet to buy goods and services.  If you have skills in teaching and in particular teaching English, then your help would be very useful. But even if you don’t want to do formal lessons, just spending time speaking in English with families gives them the practice and confidence they need to thrive.

Translation

If you can speak and write in Arabic, Kurdish, Dari or Pashto then you can help us by providing both written and spoken translations of key communications that we need to ensure that all families understand correctly.

Website Maintenance

If you would be able to help with design or maintenance of this website, then please get in touch.