I now have a firm date for the volunteer induction meeting which is Wednesday 25th May. However, I don’t yet know the time or venue. It could be in Chippenham or in Trowbridge.
This meeting is for volunteers who wish to work directly with the refugee families. These volunteers need to be able to commit to regular, sustained and, especially in the early months, frequent support.
The most pressing need is for people who can help with the teaching of English – fluency is essential if they are to obtain jobs at the level and in the field they wish. My understanding is that all families have one language session per week provided by Wilts College. On top of this, qualified volunteers are needed who can teach (using support materials), people who can tutor, and people who can go into homes to talk with them to immerse them in the language.
The other need is for befrienders who can, sometimes at the drop of a hat, help them with tasks and sorting out problems such as filling in forms, taking them to the doctors, Citizens Advice Bureau etc etc!
If you feel that you would be interested in any of the above roles, please could you email me asap, stating whether or not you can attend the meeting and how you would like to help. I believe that the venue chosen depends on the number of people who are going to attend. I will pass any relevant information on to those who cannot attend and give your names to the relevant people at the meeting.
I will forward the time and venue as soon as I know them.
Best wishes to you all.