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Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation (IRMO)

IRMO is a community-led organisation that supports the Latin American community, both Spanish and Portuguese speaking. We provide Latin Americans migrants with tools and information to build fulfilled, independent, and integrated lives in the UK. We do this through a flexible and comprehensive approach addressing needs in a) Education and employment support (ESOL classes, development of skills) and b) Advice (migration, housing, benefits, schooling).

IRMO’s Volunteer Scheme offers personal support and career development for volunteers interested in education, advice, management, languages, and community support. Our current projects and services include: English language classes for adults, young people, and children; support of ‘underemployed’ Latin Americans working in low-paid, low-skilled jobs to access relevant work opportunities; creative and cultural activities for young people and children; advice and practical support for parents regarding access to school; advice on immigration issues, such as obtaining permission to work, bringing relatives and applying for residency; advising on welfare, benefits, and housing.

As a Volunteer Learning Party Facilitator you will plan and deliver a diverse programme of creative activities that support children’s development and foster learning through art and play. You will be working with Latin American children (mainly Spanish-speakers) aged 5-12 years old, who have recently migrated to the UK and are not yet in school or have only just started. As a result they speak little to no English.

Role Aim: 

As a Volunteer Learning Party Facilitator you will plan and deliver a diverse programme of creative activities that support children’s development and foster learning through art and play. You will be working with Latin American children (mainly Spanish-speakers) aged 5-12 years old, who have recently migrated to the UK and are not yet in school or have only just started. As a result they speak little to no English.

Duties: 

* To work together with other volunteers to plan and deliver weekly sessions with an overarching theme and clear creative, educational and social objectives.

* To create a safe and inclusive learning environment that is free from discrimination of any kind

* To record children’s attendance, the session overview and any observations at the end of every session

* To check that spaces used by children are safe, reporting any H&S concerns to Project Manager immediately

* To supervise children during their break time

* To ensure children leave IRMO with their parents/carers unless they are authorized to leave alone or with someone other than their parents/carers.

* To observe, identify and report any safeguarding concerns about a child’s well-being to DSL immediately.

* To attend volunteer meetings every half-term to evaluate and monitor children’s progress.

Skills needed: 

- A flexible and enthusiastic individual, who is confident working in a multicultural and multilingual environment

- Strong interest and experience in working with children in creative and/or educational setting

- An understanding of safeguarding and commitment to promoting children’s welfare

- Ability to manage challenging behaviour and motivate children to engage with activities

- A warm, friendly, patient, enthusiastic and empathetic approach towards children and others

- Good time management and organisational skills

- Good interpersonal and communication skills and attention to detail

- Ability to work effectively as a member of a team and with a diverse population of service users, staff and external visitors

- Ability to set own work priorities, take initiative and work with minimal supervision

- Be committed to the principles of equal opportunity in the workplace

- IT skills, fluency in Spanish and English are essential. Portuguese desirable

Training: 

In-house training.

Location: 
Indoamerican Refugee & Migrant Organisation Unit 8, Warwick House, Overton Road London SW9 7JP
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
N/A