Connecting Enthusiastic Volunteers with new Opportunities

The Shared Routes project have continued to do amazing work throughout the last year training people from migrant backgrounds to be able to work and volunteer within the UK.

In March, the Shared Routes Project had to suddenly adapt all their face to face training and support groups to online platforms. The staff did an incredible job transferring all their training online, as did the peer navigators who were so keen to get stuck in again.

Peer navigators who go through this training love the support they get as they are keen to build their skills so that they can find jobs and volunteering opportunities that they love here in the UK.

EMERGE provides the full range of waste, recycling and confidential shredding services to businesses and schools, and promotes sustainable resource management by offering advice, information and educational services within the wider community. EMERGE works with the National Community Wood Recycling Project (NCWRP) collecting redundant wood from construction sites and our volunteers use the waste wood to hand-make funky, practical products.

The Shared Routes Project recently partnered with Emerge, which they are overjoyed about. The partnership with emerge has opened up new volunteer roles for peer navigators. For a long time the Shared Routes team were looking for volunteering in carpentry as one of the Peer Navigator’s, Abdul* is a carpenter and had a carpentry shop in his home country for four years.

The above pictures shows Abdul and another Peer Navigator who also started volunteering at touchwood and who was very happy to start a volunteer role where he can get along with little English. Both Peer Navigators had completed the training in March and have been very resilient in looking for a volunteer placement.

*All names changed in line with our confidentiality policy.

I’m so excited that I finally found this role. Now I can continue practicing my trade and learn how it’s done here in England. It was my biggest wish that I can improve my language and at the same time work in carpentry. Here I can do both and mix with people and help them. Thank you for this opportunity!

Abdul*, Volunteer with Emerge and Peer Navigator with MRSN

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