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We can connect you with opportunities to get involved in different volunteering activities.

Volunteering is when someone gives their time (unpaid) doing something to benefit others. It helps you to connect to your community and make it a better place, while sharing your skills and knowledge and learning new things.

Why volunteer?

  • Gain new skills to prepare you for work
  • Make new friends
  • Learn about UK culture and share what’s important about your culture
  • Improve your English
  • Help with mental and physical health and wellbeing
  • Give something back to the community
  • Improve your confidence
  • Keep busy
  • Have fun

Action Asylum

Every week we visit new places around Stockton-on-Tees to volunteer in small groups of people seeking asylum. You will spend time helping other organisations and volunteering with local people. For example: cleaning the beach, helping at a festival, supporting older people, planting trees, making costumes, preparing food.

“I recommend Action Asylum to other sanctuary seekers. It provides an opportunity to help our local community, but by doing so I feel more a part of it.” (Volunteer)

Volunteer placements

We match refugees and people seeking asylum to a regular volunteer placement that will support you to build skills and knowledge for work in the UK.

We will provide one-to-one and group support to help you apply for volunteer placements you are interested in and build your confidence in preparing for and attending interviews.

We will support you to use or develop the skills and knowledge you have, so you can gain experience in a UK work environment which will support you to take steps towards work in the future. 

 “I look forward to going to my placement, when I am not busy I am worried about my asylum case and my future, this is giving me hope” (volunteer)

Training workshops

We will also connect you to or provide training workshops. Example sessions include:

  • Volunteering
  • CV Writing
  • Interview skills
  • Computer skills
  • Understanding life in the UK
  • Confidence building

 “Now I’m a different person. Self-confidence, that is the main thing, my confidence. I can communicate, you know? I don’t feel shy, like, I can’t do this. It’s give me the spirit of yes, I can.” (volunteer)