Ukrainian Welcome Volunteer

Refugees Welcome North Somerset

Name: Ukrainian Welcome Volunteer
Organisation: Refugees Welcome North Somerset
Location: Weston-super-Mare
Type: Part Time
Volunteers will be on call for a shift over the weekend: Friday 5pm - 9pm Saturday 9am - 1pm / 1pm - 5pm / 5pm - 9pm Sunday 9am - 1pm / 1pm - 5pm / 5pm - 9pm We’re looking for people who are looking for flexible commitment. You can sign up to as many or as little shifts as you like.


If you love meeting people and want to help welcome Ukrainian refugees to the local area, this could be the role for you. This is a short term project to meet and support people arriving in Weston super Mare over the weekend, while other services are closed.

We’re looking for friendly, sensitive and proactive people to volunteer as welcome befrienders.

You will respond to notifications to welcome people arriving in Weston directly from the airport.
You’ll need to complete training and have an up-to-date DBS check (which RWNS will organise).

Your role might include:
● Ensuring people’s immediate needs around health, clothing and food are met.
● Help with orientation of local area
● Make safeguarding referrals with any concerns
● Offering reassurance while people wait to access services on the Monday
● Empowering people to make their own decisions about what they need over the weekend.
● Regular check-ins with volunteer coordinator and peer support with other volunteers

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Organisation Description

We are regular people in North Somerset who welcome regular people displaced from their homes around the world. We do this through our befriending service, our welcome cafe and other projects.

Since 2016, we have been befriending families who arrive in our area through one of the government’s resettlement schemes.

By mid 2021, there were 12 families from Syria living in North Somerset. Since autumn 2021, we have welcomed five families from Afghanistan and have met unaccompanied young people. We are now preparing to welcome people who have fled from Ukraine.


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Cause / Interests

  • Race and Ethnicity and Refugees

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Befriending and Buddying

Skills and Qualifications


We’re looking for friendly, proactive and sensitive volunteers.

As this is an on-call role, you’ll need to be available throughout your shift. We expect most people arriving at the airport will have a host or family to go, so there’s a chance we might not be needed every weekend.


The opportunity to meet new Ukrainian arrivals and other volunteers.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Yes
Restrictions: N/A
Induction: N/A
Insurance Cover: N/A
Special Needs: Can be discussed.
Offer: Ongoing support with RWNS
Training: Cultural Awareness; Trauma awareness
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, DBS Check, Informal discussion, References