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Volunteer Application Form 2020


About CARAS: 

Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CARAS) is a charity that supports refugees and people seeking asylum who live in south London. We offer a range of individual and group support to improve the holistic wellbeing of people who have a background of forced migration, providing them with tools to build lives filled with value, meaning and purpose in the UK. Our activities for young people currently include: ESOL classes (English for Speakers of Other Languages), study group, youth club, swimming lessons and football.  


About Youth Club: 

Youth Club is a place for young people aged 14-19 to come and play games, learn new skills, make and strengthen friendships and build a sense of belonging. Regular activities include classic youth club games such as table tennis, pool, foosball, board and card games.  

Youth club takes place at Tooting Hub- Beechcroft Road, Tooting, SW17 7BU. 


About Sports Programme: 

We work in partnership with Fulham Kicks to run a football session every Monday. We provide 1:1 sports advice to help build confidence and remove barriers by supporting young people to plan their journeys and accompanying them to join their first sessions. We find new sessions for young people at youth clubs, gyms and other sports providers. We arrange frequent trips to offer new sports to our young people including: boxing, yoga, trampolining and hopefully to go-karting.  

We will also deliver a research project to sports providers, local authorities, support networks and other young people.  The project will detail: (1) the accessibility barriers to sports faced by young people, (2) methods of best practice on including young refugees and asylum seekers, (3) funding and support options available from local authorities, and (4) what participatory 1:1 support looks like for young people. 


About the role: 

As a sports program volunteer, you would be helping young people to travel safely around London, to feel welcome in the city, to join in with sports activities where possible and to inspire young people to take part in sports. You will need to go on group trips to external sports providers and to attend our youth club occasionally. We welcome volunteers with any level of sporting ability, the only thing necessary is to be willing to give some sports a go when it is possible. Please note, some sessions you attend will be only for under 18’s, and so you will not always be allowed to take part, and then your role will only be to accompany. We are very happy to be flexible regarding which sessions you attend according to your interests.  

We ask for a commitment of at least 1-2 sports sessions or youth club evenings every month. Our youth club runs every Wednesday from 6.00-8.00pm, the external sports trips will usually be weekday evenings. We are able to be flexible according to your schedule.  


Tasks and responsibilities: 

  • To attend and contribute to volunteer de-briefs which occur after each session/trip. 
  • Providing feedback of your experience to contribute to the research project.
  • To act as a positive role model and set standards of behaviour when volunteering with young people. 
  • To encourage and inspire young people to reach their full potential. 
  • To assist young people to both recognise and celebrate their achievements. 
  • To challenge young peoples’ negative attitudes and behaviour in an appropriate manner. 
  • To adhere to CARAS Child Protection procedures, Confidentiality policy, Health & Safety policy, Equal Opportunities policy and all other policies as relevant. 
  • To occasionally research local sports providers to find sessions for our young people.




To be 18 years or older;  

  • To be non-judgemental and able to engage with people from diverse cultural backgrounds; 
  • To be reliable and punctual; 
  • Excellent communication skills, especially with people with varying levels of English; 
  • To be passionate about sports and helping young people to access sports.
  • Current resident of the UK; 
  • Able to provide five years’ worth of addresses, and willing to undergo a DBS check; 
  • Able to attend compulsory volunteer induction training (online) general and safeguarding prior to the start of role 

Volunteer induction training currently takes place online once a month on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 6pm – 8pm. we offer the same trainings on Tuesday and Wednesday daytimes online between 12noon – 2pm once every 3 months.  

Your availability to attend 1 general and 1 safeguarding online training session at these times within 3 months of your application would be a prerequisite of being accepted as a volunteer at CARAS.  


  • Knowledge of community languages, such as Arabic, Tigrinya, Amharic, Pashto, Dari, Farsi, Kurdish, Somali and Spanish. 


Through volunteering with us you will:  

  • Meet new members of your local community; 
  • Learn about different cultures; 
  • Learn about issues relating to refugees and people seeking asylum and their ability to access sports in London; 
  • Work as part of a friendly, welcoming team; 
  • Develop your skills and competencies; 
  • Be able to access relevant training; 


To Apply: 

To apply for this opportunity, please download and complete the CARAS volunteer application form from the CARAS website using this volunteer role description to inform your answers. Email your completed form to Mirza at with email subject header “Sports Programme Volunteer”.  

Successful applicants will have an informal meeting with a member of the CARAS Youth staff team and a community member. These meetings will be on a rolling basis so please apply ASAP!  


Volunteer Application Form 2020

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