Rainbow Haven - Volunteering
Our volunteer roles include: welcome and reception, IT support and classes, teaching English, assisting in the kitchen, providing information and support, helping in the crèche, and sorting and selling second hand clothes.
We make sure that volunteers are supported and able to benefit from training and development opportunities, and several volunteers have taken up college places and other training courses or gained employment.
Our volunteers make a huge contribution to the work of Rainbow Haven.
We welcome enquiries about volunteering at any time, and when there are vacancies we will recruit new volunteers to join the team.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Salina on 0161 370 3472
Read below...Our volunteers were nominated for the Heart of Salford Awards in December 2015. Here is the information from the nomination form (The description applies to our Manchester volunteers too!)
I am nominating the Rainbow Haven volunteer team for their outstanding
contribution to our work supporting refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable
migrants living in Salford. Our volunteers come from different backgrounds
and cultures, the majority of them having come to the UK as asylum seekers.
Rainbow Haven benefits hugely from their experience, understanding, skills,
hard work and good humour.
Our weekly drop-ins at the Emmanuel Centre in Salford provide support and a
programme of activities, and at each drop-in around sixty people visit to
take up our services. Many of our beneficiaries don’t speak English, are
very isolated, and struggle to cope in an alien culture and with all the
different systems and agencies they have to deal with. Having volunteers with
personal understanding of what it’s like to be a refugee, along with
community language skills, makes a huge difference to the welcome and support
we can give everyone, and many beneficiaries talk about Rainbow Haven feeling
like ‘home from home’.
At the drop-ins beneficiaries can access advice and information on a whole
range of topics from our caseworkers and can take part in all sorts of
activities, including English classes, confidence and well-being courses,
stay and play activities, IT and job search support, and creative workshops,
and also enjoy a delicious communal hot lunch. Our fantastic volunteers make
this wide range of services possible, and ensure the drop-ins run smoothly.
Volunteers help in all sorts of way: kitchen assistants help prepare and
serve food, while reception desk volunteers welcome people, provide
information about Rainbow Haven and maintain our monitoring records. We have
volunteers who provide casework support by researching information, filling
in forms, interpreting letters and providing signposting information. One
volunteer is in charge of getting rooms ready, moving furniture and keeping
an eye on the clock to make sure our programme of activities keeps to time,
and another serves hot drinks and keeps the drop-in tidy and clear of empty
mugs whilst offering a smile and a welcome for everyone.
Our staff team is very small, so we really do depend on and benefit from our
volunteers and cannot thank them enough for all that they do. It is largely
due to them that people feel welcomed and safe at the drop-ins and that the
caseworkers can manage their workload. It is also thanks to them that we can
cater for such a large number of people each week and organise things for our
partner agencies coming in to deliver activities and courses.
Our volunteer team is at the heart of what Rainbow Haven does. Our volunteers
show such commitment and good will, and make a huge difference they make to
the lives of people attending Rainbow Haven, even when they are dealing with
complications in their own lives. They truly deserve recognition for the huge
contribution they make to the welcome Salford gives to newly arrived