Solidarity & Integration Volunteering Scheme

Our Migrant Support volunteering scheme is created to encourage integration and social cohesion among local and migrant communities in particular first and second generation of migrants.

Thanks to Awards For All – Big Lottery’ and Allan Lane Foundation financial support, MiSu started The Volunteer Scheme pilot project in 2016 to develop the charity’s volunteering capacity and raise awareness about the benefits of volunteering and peer support, encouraging adults from migrant background who are settled in Greater Manchester to get involved with volunteering opportunities available not only within our own organisation but also in other grass-root organisations and local communities.

So far approximately 18 active volunteers have been recruited and placed in different activities and projects.

Roles cover from charity trustees to teachers, befrienders and project volunteers.

Honeycomb and Young Integration Volunteering Project

Young Integration Volunteering Project aims to support young refugees and asylum seekers in the Greater Manchester area through volunteering. Volunteers support and encourage the youngest to get involved in varies activities based such as.
  • ‘Little Big voices’ part of our media project ‘Migrant Echoes’ www.migrantechoes.org.uk Children and young people get the opportunity to learn how to organise, plan, interview and broadcast an hour of online radio show talking about what matters to them.
  • Outdoor activities children and young people to enjoy physical outdoor activities with a group of friends safely. At the moment we are running a ‘football club’ on Saturdays where young migrant men meet and play football for 2 hours. We are forming the girls, boys and mix groups. Planned walks are also organised by volunteers. This also includes walks with mums and toddlers.
  • ‘Dancing club’ where people meet, learn and practice diverse type of rhythms for example salsa, biodanza, etc. We hope these activities will help children to enjoy their childhood and encourage healthy living.
  • ‘mum & toddler where mums will find a safe and friendly place to meet and share a cup of tea (and practice spoken English) meanwhile their children enjoy the ‘paly area’.
  • ‘Through our eyes’ is an art workshop where children and young adults paint and draw their inspirations.

Funders

We are grateful to the following funders for their support:

Awards For All Allan Lane Foundation Community Foundation Fund for Lancashire