New Routes volunteers bring a wide range of skills to all of our integration programmes – from leading specialist arts workshops to simply having a friendly conversation over a cup of tea with a new participant. New Routes’ volunteers are of a wide range of ages and nationalities.

We provide training and support to all volunteers, and carry out DBS checks (essential if you are working with children and young people).

Volunteers currently help us in the following:

1. Saturdays:

Homework Support Club from 1.30 – 3.00,

Volunteers support school-aged young people with school work and study skills.

International Families Club from 3.00 – 5.30.

We are always looking for volunteers for these sessions to timetable and lead activities, to join in and ensure everyone is having fun, making friends and engaging in activities in a safe environment, helping answer questions, supervising computer use, etc.

2. Supporting activities during the week:

International Workshop (Tues. and Thurs. 10.00-15.00)

Volunteers help deliver language classes and provide clients with opportunities for spoken practice, and informal learning. Please get in touch for more details.

Women’s English Class (Mon. 10.00-13.00)

Helping with delivery of English classes.

We are currently in need of volunteers to look after and entertain children whilst mums are learning. 

Women’s Craft & Conversation (Fri. 9.30-11.00)

Volunteers run different craft projects. Please contact us if you have any skills or crafts you’d like to share.

Music Club (Wednesdays. 16.00-18.30)

We are always looking for volunteers to help during music club, a space for young people to practice and learn how to play new instruments.

3. Become a mentor or befriender

New Routes Youth Mentoring Project

Youth mentors make a commitment of between 1 and 1 1/2 hours a week to meet with their mentee in a public and convenient space. Support includes listening non-judgementally, helping mentee to set goals and achieve them, homework and school support. Please contact youth@newroutes.org.uk if you are interested in becoming a youth mentor.

Adult Mentoring & Befriending

Build a one-to-one relationship with someone from a new community. Meet regularly at a time and public place which suits you both. We provide training, ongoing support and a diary to track meetings and progress towards any target tasks set – from writing a CV, or improving English skills, getting settled at college, to just getting out of the house to see someone familiar with a listening ear.

We are accredited members of the Mentoring & Befriending Foundation. All mentor and befriender training is delivered to Approved Provider Standard and volunteers receive nationally recognised MBF certificates at the end of a 6-month partnerships.

Please contact projects@newroutes.org.uk if you are interested in becoming an adult mentor/befriender

5. Administrative Assistance
At the moment, we would appreciate support from volunteers with an interest in marketing and promotion of our activities.