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English Teachers - the Destitution Project is looking for experienced English teachers who would like to volunteer to teach beginner or intermediate/advanced classes for our service users. Classes are up to 2 hours long and take place on Wednesdays at various times and we currently have 2 levels for women and 2 levels for men. Each volunteer teacher would work with one class, and likely be part of a small team of teachers (some of whom are not trained in teaching English). We also try to provide one-to-one instruction throughout the day for those service users with very little English knowledge.

Reception Volunteers - the Destitution Project is in need of volunteers to man our reception desks each Wednesday. This would require you to be present between 9.45am and 3.00pm. You will need to have good interpersonal and organisational skills, and like to meet and greet people but also comfortable ensuring that access to the Drop-In Centre and its services are well managed. You will likely work as part of a two-person team. Previous experience in this sort of task would be ideal, but not essential.
You must be 18 and over to apply.

Their Story

"S" was trafficked into the UK from Pakistan at the age of 20 in 2013. She has no idea who her parents are as she was brought up by a couple who she called auntie and uncle in the UK.

There were lots of girls in the house and they were never allowed to leave the house. She had no idea which country she was in and she was used as a sex slave.

She is partially deaf and has learning difficulties.

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"H" escaped from the war in Afghanistan. He was homeless. We obtained accommodation for him and started to deal with his many unresolved health issues [caused while a passenger in a car crash].

Taking him to many doctor's and hospital appointments, translating where necessary.

We also gave him furniture, a washing machine and a television.

He now has hearing aids, correct medication and his own studio flat.

In the Winter of 2015/2016, "B" was homeless and living on the street. Despite recently being granted leave to remain, he had failed to access the system.

We took him to the Jobcentre, then to Housing, then to a Hostel.

Thereafter encouraged him, watching his every step, ensuring he was able to stand on his own two feet.

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"HP" arrived with her 4 children in 2014 from Palestine. She fled as her husband was arrested and killed by the Israeli army.

We at The Destitution Project helped HP. and her children with food parcels when her money had stopped from the Home Office.

We befriended her, made school and college applications for all, and overcame her housing and GP registration problems.

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"T" has a qualification in computer sciences and was forced to teach the dictator's army in his homeland of Eritrea.

He was jailed for holding a bible class in his house.

Seeing one of his friends beaten to death in jail convinced him to escape. Luckily, as he ran none of the bullets fired at him hit him. He and a friend crossed the desert to Libya in separate old jeeps. His friend didn't survive as the jeep he was in broke down in the middle of the desert and all occupants perished.

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