Opening Doors

Why Do We Need You?

The Opening Doors Program provides social, educational and employment assistance to people from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds. By providing this support to clients you will be ‘opening doors’ to new opportunities for clients to develop personal independence within the community.

What Will You Be Doing?

Key areas of volunteering within this program are:

  • Adult ESL and social support
  • Student homework and social support
  • Vocational classes
  • Employment assistance
  • Higher Education Working Party (assisting students to access higher education)

Who Will You Be Working With?

You will be supported in your role by the Volunteer Coordinator.

You will generally be matched with individuals or small groups from an asylum seeker or refugee background who are either adult or school aged. You may meet with your matched client(s) in the CARAD office, public area or home where appropriate to provide the necessary support.

What Skills, Experience and Personal Qualities Will You Need?

  • Cross-cultural social skills
  • Ability to work independently and maintain appropriate boundaries
  • Access to transport
  • Background or experience in education is beneficial

How Much Time Will It Take?

  • 1-2 hours per week (plus travel time)
  • Minimum 6 month commitment

Why Join Our Team?

You will be working one-one on (in most cases) with asylum seekers and refugees and will have the opportunity to have mutual learning and development while making a positive impact.

To be considered for this role you will need the following:

  • Current 2017-18 CARAD Membership
  • Attended an Information Session (if new volunteer)
  • Completed the Building Bridges Training
  • Submitted a CARAD Volunteer Application
  • Valid Working with Children’s Check
  • Completed a National Police Check