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Unfold - Empowerment through Mentoring
Unfold are reaching communities who face the most exclusion, this is because, although we are open to everyone, 85% of the families we support are single headed households led by a woman, 98% of our service users are from racialised groups, and 60% of our referrals come from other supporting services. Unfold have also expanded and adapted our services to support Asylum Seekers and young people in…
Description

Mentors for refugees women, will empower mentees to overcome challenging circumstances and help them find ways to make social connections and integrate with their local community and groups, referring and signposting them to other organisations providing more specialist support if needed.

Your support will help:

Women break cycles of social isolation, improve family cohesion and wellbeing.

Unfold to have greater reach in making a positive impact on the lives of many vulnerable women, living in Westminster.

Support one of the most vulnerable groups in our communities. We aim to break the barriers that keep refugee women excluded from mainstream services and support them through their experience of being a parent. 

Duties

Meeting 1-2 hrs a week, on a 1-2-1 basis, over a duration of 24 weekly session, you'll:

  • Empower  your mentee to overcome challenging circumstances and help them find ways to make social connections and integrate with their local community and groups, referring and signposting them to other organisations providing more specialist support if needed.
  • Through encouragement and active listening, you will support your mentees’ mental wellbeing, by providing a safe space to discuss the challenges faced as woman face and the increased challenges and barriers your mentee will face being a mother and a refugee. 
  • Being trained in positive psychology and coaching style techniques, you will support your mentee to help them achieve their goals and get them where they want to be.
Who will the volunteers be working with?
Fully supported by a designated Programme Officer you will be working with a refugee women with a child/children age 5+
Training
Through our comprehensive training and ongoing support, you will develop skills in positive psychology and coaching style techniques to effectively support a refugee woman to making steps towards positive change.
You will gain transferable skills relevant for personal and professional development, this includes but is not limited to team working, empathetic leadership, organisation, growth mindset and adaptive communication styles and approaches.
Through our compulsory monthly group supervision, you will have the opportunity to share your journey and support others though your learning.

Time commitment

1–2-hours a week, over a period of 24 in person sessions. Although occasionally sessions are held online .
Through mentee and mentor testimonies we have seen the positive impact holding sessions in person vs online has, and so we would ask any perspective volunteers to be prepared to be available for all in person session should this be the required need of your mentee.
Attending monthly group online meetings, which is a great opportunity for all the mentors to come together discuss challenges, successes and further develop mentoring skills.
Application deadline

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 to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

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 with us at any time.