Become a Volunteer

Volunteer

“Friendships flourish and a sense of belonging grows. I find my days enriched and I take pleasure in seeing how confidence and security increases week by week. Perhaps above all, we have fun together. We cook together, we eat together, and we enjoy one another’s company.”

Yvonne, volunteer

As well as volunteers from the refugee and asylum-seeking community, we welcome volunteers from the local community. If you support our aims and values, and would like to be a part of our friendly and welcoming team, we’d love to hear from you. These are the current opportunities we have for community volunteers – if you’d like to apply for a role, please download, complete and return our application form. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.

Gardening

Volunteers work in our community garden helping with all sorts of gardening tasks. If you have some gardening knowledge that would be an advantage but if you don’t, there are plenty of people who can share their skills with you. We work in the garden come rain or shine so be prepared to get stuck in whatever the weather!

We carry out regular repairs to make sure our garden and allotments are safe for everyone. If you have practical skills and could help with repairs to fences and sheds, or if you can advise on risk assessments or health and safety, then we would love to hear from you.

Administration and Marketing

By helping with admin tasks, like helping to maintain our social media accounts, producing newsletters, updating the website, generating new content like blogs or articles, and other office duties, you can play a vital role in helping to keep The Comfrey Project running. We’d particularly like to hear from anyone who has experience of marketing and promotion!

Session Support

Our regular sessions create many opportunities to help, such as preparing materials, recording (such as taking photographs and videos for our publicity portfolio) and monitoring, and general support to session coordinators. We also organise events ranging from language workshops through to allotment shows, and welcome volunteers who would like to help make things run smoothly. Tasks include behind-the-scenes event organisation, and supporting staff to make sure everyone feels welcome and has the chance to get involved.

Telephone Befrienders & Language Buddies

Set up during the COVID-19 pandemic, our telephone befriending service is vital in supporting people who might otherwise feel alone or isolated. As a volunteer befriender, you’ll receive full training and will play a key part in helping refugees and asylum seekers to feel welcome and connected in their local community.

“Language Buddies” are telephone befrienders who support people who want to improve and practice their English one-to-one.

English Teachers

Our Language & Skills Cafe sessions are currently taking place entirely online via Zoom and so we are looking for volunteers who are proficient in online teaching. Please get in touch if you have experience of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Drivers

We are looking for volunteers prepared to join our Drivers Pool, for tasks such as occasional collection and delivery of supplies (e.g. wellbeing parcel distribution, food bank collections, etc.) If you have your own vehicle and are prepared to get involved in this please let us know!

Download our Volunteer Form