Volunteer with Connecting Opportunities

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Would you like to volunteer to support new migrants and make a difference to their lives?

Connecting Opportunities supports new migrants aged 15 and above (including older people in their 50s and 60s) to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community. 

We're recruiting volunteers to guide and support new migrants to achieve their personal goals, develop their skills and increase their confidence. We welcome all walks of life to be volunteers with us, as mentors or befrienders for new migrants.

As a volunteer, you'll help participants to:

  • Gain confidence in using conversational English, by being someone to chat with who gives positive support and encouragement.
  • Feel supported in accessing education and employment. You’ll be helping with things like paperwork and understanding British work culture.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of British culture, and the local community, through spending time together.
  • Have a voice. You'll advocate for participants if needed.

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Volunteer near where you live, for just a few hours a week

We need volunteers across West Yorkshire and in parts of North Yorkshire (Craven, Harrogate, Selby and York). You’ll be supported and trained by the Connecting Opportunities organisation that works in your area.

If you become a volunteer with us, you'll:

  • Make a difference to people’s lives.
  • Develop new skills and gain experience.
  • Meet new people.
  • Learn more about cultures and countries that may be new to you.
  • Become knowledgeable about new communities in your area and more able to challenge prejudice.

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In return, we'll give you:

  • An induction and training to be a mentor or befriender.
  • Regular supervision and ongoing development.
  • An increased awareness of issues affecting new migrants.
  • An opportunity for a new and enriching experience.
  • Practical work experience that improves your CV and employment prospects.
  • Childcare costs and travel expenses.

How to get in touch with us about volunteering

To volunteer with migrants aged 15-21:

Contact The Children's Society, either through the Children's Society volunteer mentor web page or by phoning Lindiwe Mapuranga at The Children’s Society on 0113 387 6410 or 07725 639 301. This is the right organisation to contact about volunteering with migrants age 15-21,  wherever you are in Leeds City Region.

To volunteer with migrants aged 22 and above:

First choose the place where you’d like to do your volunteering, then contact our partner organisations in that area:

Bradford or Craven
Horton Housing (Connecting Opportunities)
Phone 01274 753 352

Calderdale (including: Brighouse, Elland, Halifax and Hebden Bridge)
Kirklees (including: Batley, Dewsbury and Huddersfield)
Halifax Opportunities Trust  (Connecting Opportunities)
Phone 01422 347 392

Harrogate, Selby or York
Migration Yorkshire (Connecting Opportunities)
Phone 0113 378 8700

Leeds   
Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network [Connecting Opportunities]
Phone Fidelis Chebe 07927 115 574

Wakefield 
Dominion Training [Connecting Opportunities]
Phone 01924 210 195

Volunteering leaflet

Click here to download our volunteering leaflet.

Photo credits

Our thanks to Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network for permission to use the photos on this page.

Contact us - CO

You can get in touch with Connecting Opportunities through Migration Yorkshire:
co@migrationyorkshire.org.uk