Salusbury World Refugee Centre
Salusbury World helps newly-arrived refugee and migrant children and families (from all over the world) to navigate and succeed in society, and to feel supported and hopeful for the future. Refugees who arrive in the UK face many challenges in adjusting to their new environment; it’s difficult to navigate a new and unfamiliar social system, without a network of friends and families.

Young refugees can face many barriers in achieving their full academic potential, including lack of English, moving from school to school, different teaching styles to those they have experienced before, and the asylum process itself. Our educational mentoring project provides a young refugee or migrant with a structured supportive relationship; they have one to one time with an adult volunteer each week to work on academic development. The project aims to improve educational attainment, improve fluency in oral, spoken and written English and to increase the young person's confidence and self-esteem.

Time commitment

We need volunteers to commit to meeting up with the young person they are paired with once a week during term time - for about an hour at the same time and on the same day each week. Meetings take place at the end of the school day, at about 3pm or later, depending on the location. We need a minimum commitment of two school terms.
Application deadline
What measures have you put in place to ensure volunteers’ safety during COVID-19?
We have a Covid-19 action plan and have reviewed and revised our risk assessment in the light of the pandemic. We are keeping both documents under review and keeping aware of the National Youth Agency readiness level and changes to the law.

We have discussed the shape of the activities we can safely undertake with our staff, volunteers and young people. We will be maintaining high standards of supervision and support around virtual volunteering, as we always have around 'real life' volunteering. We maintain up-to-date information about those of our staff, volunteers and young people who are at increased risk from Covid-19 themselves or live with someone who is – so that we can take additional steps to protect them.

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch at any time with any questions, queries or problems you encounter.