The aims of CWR are:
• To help develop a sympathetic awareness and understanding of the plight of those refugees that come to Great Britain from Syria and elsewhere, and specifically towards those that come to the Cheltenham area.
• To work in partnership with Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS), the relevant local authorities and other bodies to help those refugees that settle in Cheltenham in any way that may be necessary to enable them to lead satisfactory
and fulfilling lives and to help them become accepted by, and integrated into, the local
To achieve these aims, CWR relies on volunteers. Some volunteers take on organisational or strategic tasks with the Management Committee – our ‘Core Group’ – or one of its sub-groups.
These currently focus on Community Building, Development, Education, Housing and
Furnishing, and Media and Communications.
Other volunteers help with a wide range of practical tasks. These include:
• Helping at our monthly Community Café (involving activities with both adults and children) and at other social events such as our Summer Picnic
• Speaking to church and other local groups to raise awareness and encourage support for our aims
• Helping with fund-raising events
• Preparing and distributing publicity material and posters
• Speaking to the press and drafting and distributing press releases
• Prepare our monthly Newsletter
• Keeping our Facebook page and website up to date
• Giving refugees lifts to events and other appointments
• Giving presentations to school assemblies and facilitating school and college workshops
• Prepare teaching materials
• Helping refugees improve their conversational English and other help with translation and
interpretation (NB There are other opportunities for qualified ESOL teachers and for
interpreters with GARAS)
• Gathering donations and preparing accommodation for newly arrived families.
Volunteers are normally recruited in accordance the agreed procedure as published on our website.
In representing CWR all our volunteers will be expected to support our aims and principles.
Volunteers are also required to adhere to our policies on Confidentiality and Safeguarding and will normally be expected to participate in any training that may, from time to time, be arranged where that is relevant to the tasks they are undertaking.
For more information check out our website or email CWR at firstname.lastname@example.org.