Darlington Assistance for Refugees organises weekly drop-in sessions for sanctuary seekers and refugees. These sessions occur every Friday afternoon from 10 am to 12:00 pm and offer opportunities for people to catch up, connect, seek advice and get help. Volunteers who wish to help with these sessions are welcome.

Drop-in support

Engage in conversation, listen, help with the English language and form-filling, make teas and coffees, prepare food, help with the free shop, disseminate and explain information from the leisure coordinator and others.

Skills: have the confidence to initiate conversations and a willingness to help, patience, empathy, and listening to understand rather than respond. Open and interested in different cultures. Ability to correct English in an unobtrusive and light-hearted way. Understanding English, the experience of teaching ESL or another MFL. Be reliable and caring, and understand the needs and dignity of sanctuary seekers.

When: two to three hours weekly, Fridays, 10 am to 12:00 pm.

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