ARC Project – Volunteers wanted

The ARC Project is a West Pennine Moors Circuit mission project based at Wesley Hall Methodist Church in Blackburn Town Centre. Founded in 2004, ARC is well established with experience and a history of working with asylum seekers and refugees in the Blackburn with Darwen Borough.  We seek to create a safe, welcoming space for those fleeing war, persecution and violence in their homelands.  ARC provides the practical support asylum seekers and refugees need to start rebuilding their lives in the UK.

Receptionist/Administration Assistant

Our reception area exist to better serve our users accessing our English Classes and Casework. The most important aspect of the volunteer receptionist role will be welcoming individuals and families and triaging their needs.

The role will also include making appointments, registering new students/service users, answering the telephone, photocopying, faxing and scanning and other general office duties.

You will need to assess the needs and support clients within the community who require our assistance via the ARC Office (this does not include the proffering of advice.)

We are looking for Volunteers for this role on a Thursday and Friday from 10 am – 3:00 pm

Volunteer Hospitality Steward

Hospitality is very important within the ARC Project and as such we want to invest in ensuring people feel welcome at all times. We currently have a number of activities that require refreshments and want a team that are kind, welcoming and friendly.

As a volunteer in the kitchen you will need to: –

  • Provide a warm welcome to people by serving them with refreshments and snacks during ARC activities as agreed.
  • Make sure that refreshments and food are distributed equally to all members of the community.
  • Check on supply levels (i.e. tea, sugar, milk, bread etc) and inform staff when more supplies are needed.
  • To be constantly mindful of health and safety as well as food hygiene standards and report any issues that arise.
  • To attend training related to this role (if asked)
  • At all times to be sensitive to the different cultures of the community accessing the ARC Project and mindful of confidentiality.
  • You may be asked to assist in the kitchen at other agreed times i.e. during celebrations or events.

We are looking for Volunteers for this role on a Tuesday from 11 am – 2:30 pm.

English Club Volunteer Classroom Assistant

English Club sessions are aimed primarily at Refugees and Asylum Seekers, providing an opportunity for them to socialise and develop their English skills in a relaxed and informal setting.

Qualities needed to be an English Club Volunteer: –

  • Reliability and Punctuality
  • Sensitivity and Awareness
  • Applicants will need to be able to contribute to the nurturing environment that has been established at ARC, showing patience and consideration to all students in line with the ARC mission and values
  • Competence in Spoken and Written English
  • Willingness to Get Involved

We are looking for Volunteers for this role on a Wednesday and Friday from 9:45 am – 12:15 pm.

If you are interested applying for any of these roles please email them your CV.