Volunteer Buddy

As a volunteer buddy, you will be matched with someone who has lived experience of the asylum system, to meet up every 1 - 2 weeks, for anything between 3 - 12 months.

The aim of the buddy scheme at WERS is to provide a welcome and orientation in Newcastle and the surrounding area to people with lived experience of the asylum system who are feeling isolated, and who would benefit from some help in visiting and accessing new services, activities and venues in the city. 


  • Good communication & listening skills
  • Friendly and kind - good interpersonal skills
  • Empathetic
  • Understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Non-judgemental
  • Reliable and committed when making arrangements, and to the volunteer role over time
  • An understanding of the importance of boundaries
  • Self-aware when evaluating own capacity to support someone else
  • Willingness to learn


  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
    Series of online core training modules, followed by 1:1 review & induction with staff

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 15/07/2022

End Date: 30/09/2023

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