Lotus Community works alongside City of Edinburgh Council to provide individual bedsit accommodation for 14 of unaccompanied asylum seeking children within 2 adjacent flats in the North of Edinburgh.
Volunteers and residents live within our community facility and manage the day-to-day domestic tasks and decisions within the building, which is their home.
We urgently need a residential volunteer to start in April to support the young people to help them settle into life in Edinburgh. The flexibility of 20 hours required are well suited to other part time employment or studies you may have. Your housing costs are covered, though you will need to buy your own food.
The Lotus Community is a step towards independent living, whilst the young people await a decision about their ‘leave to remain’ in the country – that is their refugee status. The asylum procedure can be along, complicated, overwhelming and challenging process so we are working hard to support the young people in the best way during this stressful time (and after).
You would be part of a great team offering practical as well as wellbeing support. A variety of training is provided.
Highly motivated and able to work independently, get involved in community activities and be pro-active. Good grasp of written and spoken English. Approachable and available to residents within set boundaries. Happy to undertake relevant training. Enthusiastic and optimistic for change and progression.
This is an excellent volunteering opportunity for people looking for a gap year or university placement in the charitable sector, offering great experience in the care or social work sector.
The residence is situated in North Edinburgh