There are many ways to get involved. All are immensely rewarding and enriching; many of those that have been part of CHARIS so far testify to the significant positive impact on their own lives as well as the encouragement of seeing the lives of the refugee families change so much for the better.
Volunteering is one way you can support CHARIS - would you like to work directly with the refugees themselves and be a part of an exciting team of wonderful, committed and generous people? Do you have a skill or expertise to bring, or maybe you would just like to spend a couple of hours a week, befriending and chatting to them?
CHARIS will provide training and help for you to do this. We are looking for English teachers, interpreters (Arabic), drivers, befrienders, people to help with appointments, shopping and organising activities, volunteers to support the family into work and so on...
Before and after a family arrives we need many types of practical gifts, furniture, toys, bikes, etc. We usually put out requests on our newsletter, social media or website when we need something. If you feel you can help, make sure you are signed up to receive our supporters newsletter.
A new area for CHARIS is employment, we are keen to assist our families into good jobs that build on the skills and experience they have from working in their home country. Can you help with providing work experience or employment for any of our families? They all need help to get the right experience so that they can eventually apply for full time jobs. If you know of or can assist with any opportunities (voluntary or paid) in any sector please do contact us.