Could you help us give practical support to Ukrainian refugees? 

Written by Ruth Lumley
3rd Aug 2022

We are looking for Buddy volunteers to help Ukrainian refugees connect with their community as they settle into Brighton and Hove. 

Tasks could include accompanying people as they find their way around the city, helping them to engage with groups and support services, or offering support to a small group of people, or on a one-to-one basis. 

The partnership between Together Co and Sussex Interpreting Services is being funded for six months with a grant from the Homes for Ukraine scheme. 

What does being a Buddy involve? 

Buddy roles are varied and are often guided by the needs of the people we are working with. 

You may be asked to do one-off tasks of two to three hours, or you could be supporting someone for one to two hours over a few sessions. 

The role is flexible and can allow for gaps between each buddy task. We ask that you are able to commit to at least six months of volunteering.

You will be asked to log your buddy activity through an app. 

What skills do I need? 

We are looking for good communicators who can build a rapport with people who may be going through a difficult time. 

Our volunteers need to be good listeners, emotionally resilient, self-aware, and able to support people without judgement, while maintaining professional boundaries. 

You also need to be familiar with Brighton and Hove and be able to give prompt feedback through an app. 

What are the benefits? 

There are plenty but one of the best things about becoming a Buddy volunteer is connecting with others.  

The voluntary role is fun and fulfilling and can also help to advance your career. It is a particularly good opportunity for anyone looking to gain experience in the social care, health and charity sectors.   

If you are interested in becoming a Buddy Volunteer you can apply here or contact Georgia on 01273 775888. 

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