We’re recruiting new McKenzie Friends volunteers!

We’re recruiting new McKenzie Friends volunteers !

Join our team of volunteers working to provide legal support to people seeking asylum in Bradford

Why be a McKenzie Friends volunteer?

A demanding but rewarding role, you will have the opportunity to provide critical interventions to people seeking asylum at a time of great need, facilitating access to justice for people in search for a life free from fear and persecution

You will receive comprehensive training about the asylum process, support from both the Project Coordinator and peer support from other volunteers. You will also be able to learn from the team of legal advisors we work closely with and have access to ongoing training opportunities

Who we’re looking for

  • You will be interested in refugees and people who seek sanctuary, human rights, and legal justice with an inclusive and non-judgmental approach
  • You will have a basic grasp of IT packages such as Word, Excel, and OneDrive or be able and willing to learn
  • You will be able to commit to a minimum of 6 months volunteering and have the time available to meet regularly with the people you are supporting, to read legal papers & carry out research and attend monthly volunteer meetings

What our volunteers say

“Being a McKenzie Friend is a time-consuming volunteer role but, if you have the time and the commitment, I do heartily recommend it. You may change someone’s life; you may also change your own.” 

“I enjoy meeting and getting to know people seeking asylum and sharing their joy when things go well. I like to accompany people to court to be a friendly face in a hostile place.”

What the people we help say

“You helped me so much. The thanks belong to you. I will never forget this help as long as I live.”

“I cannot express how profound my gratitude is towards you. You have changed my life. Before, I had no future, but now I feel like a tree that has finally been able to blossom.”

How do I become a McKenzie Friend?

Please email beacon@beaconbradford.org or call 07419 990578 to find out more. A full role description and volunteer application form can be downloaded below:

Volunteer role description

Volunteer application form

We welcome applications from people with lived experience of seeking asylum. Our next training session will take place in mid-late March.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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