November 17, 2005

Coventry Refugee Centre

The Coventry Refugee Centre is offering volunteering opportunities for those who can commit a morning/afternoon a week to offer advice and support to refugees in Coventry.

CRC and Warwick Volunteers (WV) are holding an introductory meeting on Wednesday of Week 9 at 5.30pm. A brief introduction will be followed by short talks from existing Warwick volunteers at the CRC.

Coventry Refugee Centre needs volunteers to assist with the following areas of work:-

  • Case work
  • Interpreting
  • Befriending
  • Reception
  • Administration and help with particular events.

The Warwick Pro Bono scheme, however, will mainly focus on recruiting volunteers for the asylum team for the position of volunteer caseworker.

The scheme offers an extensive training scheme over 6 training sessions. No prior experience is needed, merely a commitment to work with and support refugees.

Volunteers should note that this scheme requires a weekly commitment. This would involve volunteering for 4 hours per week.

This project is ideal for students who:

  • Study Refugee and Asylum Law (or who have a genuine interest in asylum issues)
  • Are committed, enthusiastic and well organised.
  • Can work well in a team.
  • Have good communication skills including telephone and written skills.

Volunteering for the CRC is a very rewarding experience and an excellent placement for those seeking a career in the sector. Volunteers will learn invaluable skills, meet a diversity of people and make a difference!

If you want to find out more about the project, come along to the meeting on Wednesday 23rd November at 5.30pm in room R0.12, or visit the web-site:

..and in particular, take a look at the application form:

If for any reason you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to find out more, email the Pro Bono Officer:

October 21, 2005

Welcome to the Warwick Pro Bono Blog


Warwick Pro Bono provides Warwick University students with opportunities to do law-based volunteer work in the local community.

It's aim is to be proactive in teaching, supporting and sustaining the community as well as being a platform for law students to put into practice what they learn in the classroom.

The current projects are:

  • Street Law (an educational outreach programme teaching schoolchildren about a legal issue)
  • Victim Support
  • Witness Support
  • St Oswald's Advice Centre

Projects hoping to be set up in the following weeks:

  • A research project to set up a Housing Law guide for students in off-campus accommodation.

Projects to be considered:

  • The Coventry Refugee Centre

For further information about projects, contact the Pro Bono Officer, Gerard Scheuber:

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