Volunteers are central to enabling MRSN to undertake all aspects of its work. There are a range of different projects that you can be involved in. Some of the roles need a regular commitment each week, whereas others are more occasional. We particularly welcome refugees and asylum seekers who wish to volunteer at MRSN. All volunteers receive induction training and ongoing support with further training opportunities offered as needed for different roles.
The work of all our projects is supported by volunteers:
MRSN is excited to be part of a new partnership of five Manchester voluntary organizations funded by the Big Lottery for two years. The project will provide free training and support for Manchester residents who want to volunteer in our advice services.
Each training course runs for one day a week for up to nine weeks, with an additional half day spent in one of the partner agencies to gain experience and undertake practical tasks with the support of one of our Advice Supervisers. There are a number of different volunteer roles, such as advice support workers, receptionists, interpreters, or administration. We hope this volunteering experience will be enjoyable, as well as giving people the skills, experience and confidence to move on to paid work in due course.
The partner organizations are Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, Cheetham Hill Advice Centre, Young People’s Support Foundation, Manchester MIND, as well as MRSN.
Please look at the Volunteer Information Pack where you will also find an application form, or you can contact Belay Kahsay at email@example.com or tel: 0161 868 0777.
MRSN`s advice service offers advice on welfare benefits and tax credits, debt, housing, asylum support and access to health services to refugees and asylum seekers in Manchester. It runs drop-in advice sessions and appointments. Volunteers support the advice service through reception work, administration, advice support, and interpreting for clients who don`t speak English. Advice support staff provide basic information and make telephone calls on behalf of clients. Volunteers may also undertake an advocacy role for clients, accompanying them to appointments and interpreting if necessary.
Volunteers can also train to give advice: we can arrange training in advice skills, welfare rights, health, asylum support, and other issues. Volunteers need to be available for at least nine months to make this worth while.
You will need to be available for a minimum of 6 months. Good spoken English is needed for all roles. Good written English is needed for advice and form filling. Volunteers who speak Kurdish, Arabic, Somali or other refugee languages are particularly needed.
One of MRSN`s core roles is supporting Refugee Community Organisations (RCOs) to become strong and independent through our community development project. MRSN has a membership of 21 RCOs and is in contact with around 40 in Greater Manchester. MRSN is currently seeking to develop the role of volunteers in this area of work, for which there is a great demand. Volunteers might support new RCOs with the tasks involved in setting up a new organisation or in developing projects and activities. Or they could assist in providing information through MRSN`s bi-monthly newsletter for RCOs or its Directory of RCOs.
You will need to be available for a minimum of 5 hours a week for at least 6 months. This role will need good spoken and written English.
Aims to enable refugees and asylum seekers to express the needs and aspirations of their communities and to play a part in influencing policy in the city of Manchester and across the UK. The Forum works to improve the treatment of people going through the asylum system and campaigns on a range of issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers. For instance it is currently supporting the Refugee Council and TUC with a national campaign for the right to work for asylum seekers. Volunteers can support the Forum Worker with administration, research and with organising and running events.
You will need to be committed to working to improve the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, speak and write good English, have good IT skills and be available for 7 hours a week for at least 6 months, including some evenings.
MRSN admin support
The role of volunteers in the different projects can involve admin support to the project and to MRSN as an organisation, including reception and answering the phone. In addition, volunteers with IT skills are particularly useful.Volunteers are an important part of our organisation.
As well as vacancies on our Manchester Volunteer Advice Partnership project, we have vacancies for volunteers for the following specific roles. You would need to be available for at least 6 months:
1- Somali and Persian (Farsi) speaking advice reception and interpreting volunteers – to undertake reception duties and/or interpreting support for the MRSN advice service.Skills/experience needed:
2-Reception/admin volunteer – to provide reception cover for MRSN`s office dealing with people contacting MRSN on the phone or in person; assisting the finance/admin worker with setting up and maintainenance of good admin systems; general admin support to MRSN office and projectsskills/experience needed:
3- MRSN Directory volunteer – to update and produce the MRSN Annual Directory of Refugee Community Organisations and Support Agencies and maintain and update the Directory on the MRSN website.Skills/experience needed:
4- Volunteer Fundraiser – be part of a fundraising group to organise events and activities to generate income to support the work of MRSN e.g. refugee food/music/cultural events etcSkills/experience needed:
How to apply to be a volunteer
If you are interested in one of our current vacancies please download the Volunteer Application Form
(Note: After clicking the link above, the form needs to be opened from the bottom of the screen.
Also, it is probably better to print it, complete it and scan it back to MRSN).
and either email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to us at MRSN, 129 Princess Road, Moss side, Manchester, M14 4RB.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at MRSN.