Jobs & Volunteering

Our volunteers are at the very heart of what we do, getting alongside young refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking to provide support through our educational mentoring programme.


Since the start of our work we've worked with over 400 volunteers. We love them!

In the past few months we have been overwhelmed by the number of people contacting us to become an educational mentor.  We are touched and excited by this unprecedented level of support and would love to be able to match every young asylum seeker or refugee with a mentor.  

For the programme to run successfully, however, there is a lot of work that needs to be done behind the scenes. It is important that we build strong relationships with organisations who refer young people to us, such as social services, and really get to know the young people and their educational needs, in order to develop a bespoke educational plan.  It is also crucial that we take time to meet and train our mentors, as well as taking up references and completing safeguarding checks.  Finally we want to offer ongoing support and feedback to both the mentor and young person as the relationship progresses.  All this takes a lot of staff time and we currently do not have the capacity to take on any more mentors apart from in East Croydon, Thornton Heath and Norwood.

If you are still keen to mentor with Refugee Support Network, and willing for your name to go on our database until we are recruiting again, then please have a look at this role description and person specification and then complete this form. Please also complete this form if you're interested in getting involved now in the Croydon area!

In the meantime we would be really grateful if you would consider making a one off donation to our #CrisisToClassroom appeal or setting up a regular donation to RSN.

Any funding we receive will be used to recruit more staff, which will allow us to match volunteers like you with the young people who would benefit from your support.  A relatively modest amount of money has a huge impact in a small charity like RSN.  To put this in perspective, we have had over 600 people volunteering to mentor with us in the last three months: if each person was able to donate £10 a month we would be able to fully fund mentoring programmes across London, including in areas such as South East London, where we do not currently run a programme. 


Meeting my mentee is great- it's rewarding to see him progress in his learning, and we have a lot of fun! I'd recommend it to anyone.

Need more convincing? Take a look at this film we made with our mentors.


We are recruiting for a part-time Interim Director to cover our Director's maternity leave. 

For more details, and the full job description, person specification and instructions on how to apply, please see the full job description, person specification and instructions on how to apply here.

Closing date: 5pm Wednesday 6th July 2016


There are no current internships available at Refugee Support Network. However, the intern roles we offer are project specific and are set for a defined period of time. All new internship opportunities will be publicised via our social media profiles and our Jobs & Internships mailing list. To sign up to this mailing list, click on the link below. 


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