Refugee Peer Buddy Volunteer Opportunity (British Red Cross)

2019-02-26 RD Refugee Support – Peer Buddy Volunteer – FP

Role Description


About the British Red Cross

: Refugee Peer Buddy Volunteer (RS)

The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts.

 

We are part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian network and we refuse to ignore people in crisis.

About this service

The Red Cross has a long tradition of providing practical and emotional support to vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Our Refugee Support work with thousands of beneficiaries every year in around fifty different towns and cities enabling people to draw upon their own strengths to withstand crisis and rebuild their lives.

We support refugees and asylum-seekers in a range of ways, from providing emergency provisions for those facing severe hardship to giving advice on how people can access services to which they are entitled. These services are provided in a safe and welcoming environment. None of this important work would be possible without the skill and enthusiasm of volunteers helping in a variety of ways.

More details of our work with refugees[1] can be found on the Red Cross website: www.redcross.org.uk/refugees

About this role

You will  be working as part of the Family Reunion Integration Service. Family Reunion is a key legal route through which refugees obtain protection in the UK, and this project is the UK’s first national programme providing holistic integration support for reunited families.

As a peer buddy volunteer, you will  be providing orientation, befriending and cultural mediation support to newly arrived refugees.  In this context, cultural mediation involves using your shared lived experience to help facilitate communication and understanding between the newly arrived refugees and the local community/ key services they would be engaging with.

Location: Cardiff, Leeds or Sheffield

Reporting to: Project Coordinator

Hours: Half day once a week

Typical tasks may include:

  • Showing refugees where to find local amenities and how to access services such as healthcare and English classes
  • Providing introduction to community centres, activities and social events
  • Providing befriending support
  • Facilitating communication and understanding between the family member and local community/ services, including providing cultural advice and content were appropriate
  • Identifying and responding appropriately to safeguarding and protection issues with vulnerable clients, including children and vulnerable adults

What we are looking for

You need to have good interpersonal, diplomacy, communication and teamwork skills although full training will be given for any technical requirements. Also someone who is:

 

  • A good communicator with shared lived experience and understanding about the situation and needs of refugees
  • Knowledgeable about conflict and migration issues and sensitive to cultural issues, including those relating to gender
  • Able to use emotional support skills in a calm and responsible manner
  • Knowledge of local area and confidence to show those newly arrived around
  • Personally resilient as you may need to deal with difficult or challenging situations
  • Able to keep the service user at the heart of what you do, supporting the Red Cross to understand service user needs and the difference our role makes.
  • Able to speak good English; plus knowledge of a foreign language would be useful (particularly one used in the current local refugee population)
  • Willing to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhere to the Society’s Equal Opportunities Policy

What we offer

  • Access to relevant in-house training and development opportunities, including British Red Cross intranet site and e-learning facility
  • A full induction, support and supervision throughout your volunteering period
  • Valuable exposure to the work of the Red Cross in the UK and around the world
  • Reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses when on duty
    • Being a volunteer for the British Red Cross means that you can proudly say you are part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation.

Additional information

To volunteer for this role you must be aged 18 or over.

Core learning/requirements

Induction

  • Has been introduced to Line Manager and role description discussed
  • Has been given a H&S briefing pertinent to the site they will normally be operating from
  • Has been familiarised with any equipment required to carry out the role
  • Has received any workwear, if required for the role
  • British Red Cross Foundation Course e-module (IN-FCEL)
  • Foundation Course (IN-FC)
  • Safeguarding Awareness E-module for adults and children (SE-SACA-2018)
  • Refugee Support Core Knowledge (SE-RIE) sign off process
  • Local induction including on confidentiality, boundaries and lone working.
  • Providing befriending support

[1] We also work with a smaller number of people other than refugees and asylum-seekers who are vulnerable because of their migration status. However for the sake of brevity we use the terms refugees or asylum-seekers and refugees to encompass this group.

Refugee Peer Educator Volunteer Opportunity (British Red Cross)

2019-02-26 RD Refugee Support – Peer Educator – FP

Role Description

About the British Red Cross

: Refugee Peer Educator (RS)

The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts.

We are part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian network and we refuse to ignore people in crisis.

About this service

The Red Cross has a long tradition of providing practical and emotional support to vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Our Refugee Support work with thousands of beneficiaries every year in around fifty different towns and cities enabling people to draw upon their own strengths to withstand crisis and rebuild their lives.

We support refugees and asylum-seekers in a range of ways, from providing emergency provisions for those facing severe hardship to giving advice on how people can access services to which they are entitled. These services are provided in a safe and welcoming environment. None of this important work would be possible without the skill and enthusiasm of volunteers helping in a variety of ways.

More details of our work with refugees[1] can be found on the Red Cross website: www.redcross.org.uk/refugees

About this role

You would be working as part of the Family Reunion Integration Service. Family Reunion is a key legal route through which refugees obtain protection in the UK, and this project is the UK’s first national programme providing holistic integration support for reunited families.

 

As a Peer Educator Volunteer, you will work as part of a team to co-produce and facilitate a series of life skills education programmes for newly arrived refugees.  You will use your shared lived experience and knowledge to help those newly arrived adjust to life in a new country, offering valuable support and advice to ease the process.

 

Location: Cardiff, Leeds or Sheffield

Reporting to: Project Coordinator

Hours: Three half days a week

Typical tasks may include:

  • Coproducing and facilitating a series of life skills education programmes for newly arrived refugees Providing cultural orientation information, advice and signposting Providing information regarding people’s rights and entitlements in the UK
  • Providing language learning support
  • Collating resources or providing other administrative tasks
  • Identifying and responding appropriately to safeguarding and protection issues with vulnerable clients, including children and vulnerable adults

What we are looking for

  • You need to have good interpersonal, diplomacy, communication and teamwork skills although full training will be given for any technical requirements. Also, someone who is:
  • An excellent communicator with shared lived experience and understanding of the situation and needs of refugees
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Knowledgeable about conflict and migration issues and sensitive to cultural issues, including those relating to gender
  • Able to use emotional support skills in a calm and responsible manner
  • Personally resilient as you may need to deal with difficult or challenging situations
  • Able to keep the service user at the heart of what you do, supporting the Red Cross to understand service user needs and the difference our role makes.
  • Able to speak good English; plus knowledge of a foreign language would be useful (particularly one used in the current local refugee population)
  • Experience in providing language learning support would be useful
  • Willing to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhere to the Society’s Equal Opportunities Policy

What we offer

  • Access to relevant in-house training and development opportunities, including British Red Cross intranet site and e-learning facility
  • A full induction, support and supervision throughout your volunteering period
  • Valuable exposure to the work of the Red Cross in the UK and around the world
  • Reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses when on duty
  • Being a volunteer for the British Red Cross means that you can proudly say you are part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation.

Additional information

To volunteer for this role you must be aged 18.

Core learning/requirements

Induction

Has been introduced to Line Manager and role description discussed

 

Has been given a H&S briefing pertinent to the site they will normally be operating from

 

Has been familiarised with any equipment required to carry out the role

 

Has received any workwear, if required for the role

 

British Red Cross Foundation Course e-module (IN-FCEL)

 

Foundation Course (IN-FC)

 

Safeguarding Awareness E-module for adults and children (SE-SACA-2018)

 

Refugee Support Core Knowledge (SE-RIE) sign off process

 

Local induction including on confidentiality, boundaries and lone working.

 

Further development opportunities

Train the Trainer Level 1 and Level 2

[1] We also work with a smaller number of people other than refugees and asylum-seekers who are vulnerable because of their migration status. However for the sake of brevity we use the terms refugees or asylum-seekers and refugees to encompass this group.

Supper Club February 2019 – Discovering the Fried Conger Eel and the Anti-Ageing Soup

The Supper Club held its 4th session on Thursday 28th February. The event was an opportunity for guests to discover Chinese culture and cuisine, and also to meet new people in a relaxed, friendly environment

Enjoyment was clearly visible on the faces. The guests at the 4th session of the Supper Club expressed their pleasure at having shared an “unforgettable” moment of “discovery and friendliness”. Indeed, speaking of discovery, specifically culinary discovery, the fourteen diners effectively tried something different, not what you’d find in a Chinese takeaway! For example, tender, succulent white fish steaks – conger eel nonetheless – flash fried after having been slowly steamed in the oven – glazed with ginger and soy, as part of the main dish. The other curio was a dessert called Tremella and Lotus Seed Soup. Sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? In any case, Tremella seemed to beg the question of: “What is it?”. Matt, the chef, revealed a whole story of skin care and beauty: “It’s an anti-ageing traditional soup packed with superfoods’’ he explains to the guests who are now starting to recognise some of the ingredients in their dessert cup. Red dates, goji berries, lotus seeds… Still, most of them were yet to figure out the main ingredient: snow fungus! It’s packed with collagen, a protein known for giving structure to your skin, improving its elasticity and moisture and reducing wrinkles. “Good reason to fancy Tremella!’’ someone says, triggering a burst of laughter around the table.

Now on the topic of the friendly atmosphere, here are some reactions from the diners:

Yasmin from Cardiff: “I liked trying different food, I love that this is supporting a cause. I came here with friends and really enjoyed meeting with people. So it’s really, really friendly. I and my husband are planning to come back.”

Sarah from Carmarthen: “Wnes i fwynhau profiad bwyd gwahanol. Twplenni wedi stemio yw fy hoff fwyd.  A wnes i fwynhau r pyscod ynfawr. Wnes i joio cwrdd â phobl newydd, siarad gyda phobl newyyd hefyd a roedd pawb yn hapus i gal sgurs (laughter). Dw i’n mynd i ddod yn ôl yn bendant.”

(I really liked trying different food. The dumplings were my favourite. And I loved the fish. I also liked meeting and speaking with new people and people were happy to chat. I will definitely come back again)

 

Angella from Carmarthen: “Really enjoyed the people, it’s such a diverse community. The chat was very informative and informal at the same time.”

 

Sharlet from Splott, Cardiff: “Everything coming up was a surprise. I also really like the one big table for everybody.”

Shay from Splott: “The supper was great right from start, from the dumplings to the soup. Sharing was great.”

Dan from Roath, Cardiff: “It’s nice to have such excellent Chinese food. The taste was really unique.”

Lia from Roath: “I really liked the mushroom dumplings especially its texture inside. I also loved the dessert because I don’t like things that are too sweet, and it wasn’t. I think it’s probably very good for the stomach. I also liked this room. I find it more intimate than the previous settings and suitable to have a conversation. And it was good company.”

Written by Joesph Gnagbo

Vote For Us! – My Favourite Voucher Codes

The My Favourite Voucher Codes Charity Poll

 

Online money-saving guru, My Favourite Voucher Codes, has invited Oasis Cardiff to take part in their March 2019 charity poll. The major online voucher code and discount supplier prides itself on being able to offer its consumers with the unique opportunity to save money at the same time as raising money for a range of charitable causes.

 

The company has worked with a number of not for profit organisations over the last seven years, and in that time they have managed to raise a staggering £56,000 for charities across the country. They have raised money for the likes of Children in Need, MIND, the Alzheimer’s Society and Whizz Kids. So many different organisations, both big and small, have benefitted from the donations that this company gives. The money helps these charities to raise the vital funds that they need to sufficiently support their causes.

 

How Do they Help Charities to Raise Funds and Awareness?

 

My Favourite Voucher Codes holds a monthly charity poll in which respective organisations get the opportunity to compete for their donation. The donation comprises of 20% of the company’s profits for the given month that the poll is held in. For every discount that is used on the company’s site, they have pledged to give 20% of their commission to worthy causes. Isn’t that wonderful?

 

Each of the three charities has the opportunity to creatively inspire supporter engagement through the act of voting. This could be through face-to-face or digital strategies. This is great for the charities involved as they will not only be in with a chance of winning a donation, but they will simultaneously be raising awareness for their cause too.

 

Ultimately, the charity that has accumulated the most votes will be the winner of the poll and will receive that month’s donation. The charities that aren’t successful are always invited back on a 12-month basis so that they can give it another go the following year!

 

How You Can Help Oasis Cardiff to Win the Donation

 

Oasis Cardiff have now been invited to take part in the My Favourite Voucher Codes March 2019 charity poll. We are delighted to have accepted the invitation and are looking forward to being in with a chance of winning this vital donation.

 

If you would like to support us in our mission to help Asylum Seekers and Refugees as they integrate with our society, then please cast your vote for us in the charity poll.

 

You can vote between the 1st and 31st March, voting is completely free for you to do, and there is no pressure to use the discounts on the site (but if you do then the overall donation will be increased). The poll is on the right-hand side of every page of their site, you really cannot miss it!

 

It only takes a few moments of your time to cast a vote, and the funds that we could get will help us to support both refugees and people in the wider community to integrate better!

Job Opportunity

TENDER OPPORTUNITY

Context: The Plate Project will work with refugees and asylum seekers to develop the catering kitchen, cookery school and pop ups for events. This project focuses on building skills of refugees and asylum seekers to engage in their wider community. We will work in partnership with a consultant (part time) experienced in running cookery classes and external events. Participants will receive mentoring and training. The project is designed to engage and benefit the following: Clients to participate in catering training Develop courses to help clients cook healthy affordable meals. Provide daily lunch cooked and served for 140 people Create pop-up events i.e supper clubs/markets/festival stalls Invitation to tender for a Cultural food and catering consultant for 5 years. Through this project, the successful consultant will provide both consultancy on external catering events and also training for project participants, they will run the cookery classes for the general public, as they demonstrate and appreciation for different cultures and helps people to have a new level of appreciation.

Opening date: Wednesday 16th January 2019
Closing date: Wednesday 13th February 2019

Please send CV and covering letter to richard@oasiscardiff.org

Tender requirements:

ESSENTIAL: Knowledge and experience of working with refugees and asylum seekers Catering and recipe development experience Cookery school development experience Mentoring knowledge Experience of reporting and monitoring Food hygiene certified (Level 3)

DESIRED: Team working Advertising experience and delivery Able to work as part of a multi cultural team

Monthly Supper Club

Join Oasis Cardiff in sharing food and culture from around the globe. Each month we aim to provide a unique social dining experience; by introducing the Cardiff community to the vibrant, interesting and utterly delicious cultures of individuals from all parts of the world.

Each event will be an exploration into a single culture, showcasing unique dishes in a relaxed dining experience; hosted in our café.

You will have a chance to meet the individuals behind the menus as well as being part of the cooking preparing if you so wish (please arrive at 6pm if you would like to assist within preparation of the food).

Tickets are £12 and can be found in the link below

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supper-club-tickets-51400803186

Stretch and Relax

Stress Free Yoga Classes Starting at Oasis Cardiff:

As a charity we are keen to spread yoga to everyone

We realise that many people cannot access classes for a variety of reasons

We are developing the Wales Yoga Project (WYP) to find ways of working with different groups in society

To provide sustainable yoga classes

Start date: Friday 14th September

Refugee Mobile Kitchen

Oasis Cardiff invites you to enjoy the delectable delights of the Refugee Mobile Kitchen. Bringing together authentic flavors from across the globe, this monthly event is an opportunity to share our love of food with the Cardiff community. It is great place to explore new flavors; meet vibrant, interesting people; and learn more about who we are and what we do.

Operating out of our fantastic food trailer, the monthly event will be located in our car park; the first Friday of every month. Spread the word and come check us out for some truly delicious food!

For additional information on the event, you can DM us or email: matt@oasiscardiff.org

Oasis Cardiff
69b Splott Road
Cardiff
CF24 2BW

 

Refugee Week Event

Join us in celebrating 20 years of Refugee Week.

We will be celebrating this with a day time music and activities festival at The Gate in Roath.

Bands include:

ELLIOT OAKLEY

a Liverpudlian singer, guitarist, producer and songwriter, now living in Cardiff. After being in bands such as the The Lead and LANDS (formally known as Elliot Oakley and The Blacklights), Elliot has found his calling as a solo artist and songwriter, penning contemporary pop for other artists as well as writing his own brand of indie rock.

https://www.facebook.com/eomusicuk/

EDEN ROOTS

A local up beat Reggae band

https://www.facebook.com/edenrootsreggae/

THE MERMERINGS

A female duo harmonising together with a variety of RnB classics as well as original folk songs

https://www.facebook.com/TheMermerings/

THE OASIS WORLD CHOIR AND BAND

THE CARDIFF CANTON SINGERS AND CHAPTER SINGERS

Activities Include:

CAPOEIRA

An Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.

WELSH TASTER SESSIONS

With Matthew Spry

HULA HOOPING WORKSHOP

With Heather Arnold

https://www.facebook.com/sparkleshooptroupe/

CHILDREN’S FACE PAINTING

With Angela Bullard

FOOD WITH:

ChamCham a West African Inspired food trailer will be parked right outside The Gate serving their delicious food all day

https://www.facebook.com/ChamCham-747974588704577/

The Trailer Project

The Trailer Project

The Vision

Raising money for refugees in Cardiff  by sharing food and culture from around the world.

We want to use our new Oasis Cardiff Trailer to cook and sell traditional food from around the world, inspired by the food our clients have shared with us during our monthly ‘Supper Club‘ and ‘Storytelling Café‘ . The profit we make will go straight back in to our refugee drop in centre so that we can provide more support, activities as well as expand on our integration projects.

 

The Need

Our Trailer has a lot of potential, however a certain amount of investment is needed to purchase the essential items needed to make our culturally inspired meals to go. Our Trailer is currently equipped with an oven, fridge, boiler and deli counter. We would like to expand on this by purchasing a coffee machine, cooking utensils, card machine, eco friendly cutlery, plates, bowls and cups as well as branding and merchandise for the trailer so that our customers will know where their money is going.

 

The Plan

We plan to make this Oasis Cardiff Trailer our own by introducing new tastes, culture and language to our customers. Our Trailer team will consist of clients, volunteers and staff from Oasis Cardiff. The project will in turn provide work experience for all as well as the chance to travel and see other parts of the UK.

We plan to purchase all of the equipment and training needed to run a successful Trailer this will include:

– Paid time spent by staff experienced in hospitality and cooking to train clients, volunteers and staff the best way to run the Trailer and produce the best food and drink possible. As well as learning from each other the best way to make traditional foods from around the world.

– Additional equipment such as a Coffee Machine, Cooking Utensils, Card Machine, Eco Friendly Cutlery, Plates, Bowls and Cups. As well as paid time for staff to teach our Trailer Team how to use all of this equipment safely.

– Branding and Merchandise such as a large sign for the Trailer and uniform for our Trailer Team. This will give our centre more exposure when visiting different parts of the UK.

The cost of this project is £8000. Oasis Cardiff, have been granted funding for £5000 and have been able to put that towards this project. The remaining £3000 we hope to find through crowdfunding and fundraising events.

This is where you could help!

Let’s make ‘The Trailer Project’ happen

Follow the link to pledge and share!

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-trailer-project