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Refugee Women’s Centre

Refugee Women’s Centre

The Refugee Women’s Centre (RWC) is committed to creating safe spaces for women and children, providing them with the means to live with dignity, and advocating for access to shelter and for other human rights to be met. They provide holistic support for migrant women and families living in informal outdoor settlements in Calais and Grande-Synthe and in accommodation centres in surrounding areas. The RWC team is mobile and meets the women and families on their living sites.

  • Where is it?

    Northern France

  • What will I be doing?

    As a Refugee Women’s Centre volunteer you will be participating in the following activities and more: 

    • Material distributions on an individual basis including clothing, bedding, camping equipment, and hygiene products.

    • Redirecting women and family units to the appropriate legal and medical services.

    • Providing information about and access to shelter.

    • Organising, running and supporting activities for women with a focus on psychosocial support and developing skills (such as arts and crafts, sports, pampering and language classes). 

    • Closely monitor the needs and concerns of the women and families, this includes supporting women and girls experiencing or having experienced sexual and gender-based violence and responding to their individual needs.

    • Human Rights Observations: recording data and testimonies of human rights abuses against refugees in northern France.

    • Taking those we support to local shower facilities.

  • What impact would I have?

    Standing in solidarity with female refugees and the wider refugee community. Advocating for and creating long-term change enabling displaced communities in northern France and beyond to exercise their right to seek safe asylum.

  • Who will I be working with?

    It is an all-female team of 8-9 volunteers and the working languages are English and French.

  • Minimum age

    21 years

  • Accommodation

    You will live in the RWC volunteer house, sharing a room with another volunteer and sharing a kitchen and bathroom with your teammates. Living costs (accommodation and basic food) are covered by the organisation.

  • Extra Costs

    • Travel to Northern France
  • Skills required

    No specific skills are required for general volunteers, however, the following are a bonus:

    • Early Childhood Support
    • Special Educational Needs Teacher
    • Community Services
    • Social Worker
    • Youth & Sports Activities
    • Play Therapist
  • Interested in volunteering?

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