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STAR

Birmingham is home to a large number of refugees. STAR is a national charity which offers non-judgmental support by befriending refugees, campaigning for them and raising awareness. We aim to provide a safe, friendly environment when interacting with refugees. No previous experience is neccessary! 

Currently, we run the following activities at the Stone Road Initial Accommodation centre for asylum seekers and refugees in Birmingham:-
 

Playscheme:   

Playscheme gets the children living at the centre involved in arts and crafts, playing games, reading stories, indoor sports and blowing bubbles! As the environment is quite bleak and dreary, the playroom is brightened up with the children’s artwork and brings life to the centre!
(Children safeguard training and DBS certificate required - Canvas Safeguarding session (children) training
Wednesday afternoon


English Language Club:

The English language club is an opportunity to share some useful language skills with the individuals staying at the centre. Different topics are covered every week and it is a chance for the adults at the centre to put their English language into practice.
(Adult safeguard training, child safeguard training and DBS certificate required - Canvas Safeguarding session (adults) training)
Monday, 7pm

 

Movie night:

We show a movie in the canteen at the hostel and provide snacks and drinks. Volunteers give out snacks and chat to adults and children.

(Adult safeguard training, child safeguard training  and DBS certificate required - Canvas Safeguarding session (adults) training)

Fortnightly, evenings

 

We also run campaigns on refugee issues, and organise events to raise the money needed to enable our volunteering sessions to run and be improved.

Volunteering for STAR is flexible so you can do as much or as little as you like. However once you sign up for a session, we expect you to commit to avoid that session being cancelled last minute. We'll give you training, where necessary, support you in getting your DBS, and pay for all the transport involved.

For more information, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to help with any queries.
Email: star1@guild.bham.ac.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/165938513455660/

To apply to become a Student Action for Refugees (STAR) volunteer, send us an email at the address mentioned above, and we'll get back to you within two working days.

Application process:

  • Send us an email expressing your interest
  • Complete an application form (we will attach this in the email)
  • You'll be invited to a group  interview - a chance for us to meet you and for you to find out more about what we do
  • Complete the online training required
  • Get a DBS form from the Guild
  • Become a member of our society (click join above)
  • Start volunteering!

 

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