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Action for Refugees in Lewisham

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AFRIL is a grassroots charity in London, working with refugees and asylum seekers to relieve poverty and social isolation.

We are a small locally run charity based in Lewisham, one of the most deprived local authority areas in England, with a very high refugee and asylum seeker population.

We work to relieve poverty and isolation amongst this vulnerable group, advance their education, and provide services to improve social integration.

Since our creation in 2006, we continue to help an average of 120 people in our local community each week - with education, family support services, and access to emergency supplies. 

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  • AFRIL are recruiting for the Rainbow Club

    Aug. 1, 2016

    AFRIL are recruiting a Rainbow Club Manager and Arts and Craft Leader. Please see the full job descriptions for each below:


    Job Title:  ARTS and CRAFTS LEADER

    Responsible for: Volunteer teaching assistants

    Reporting to: Rainbow Club Manager

    Location: Action for Refugees in Lewisham

    Salary: £30 per session  (£1080 per year)


    Working hours: 1.5 hours per week: Saturday 11.45 – 1.00 contact (term time only, 3 x 12 week terms)

    Job summary: We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated teacher to teach Arts and Crafts to children aged 5-11 years old at the Rainbow Club, our popular supplementary school for refugee, asylum seeker and migrant children in the Lewisham area.

    Summary of Duties & Responsibilities:

    The duties will include:

    Preparing and presenting lesson plans and termly plans for arts and crafts sessions including varied, age/skills appropriate arts and crafts activities

    Delivering  safe and exciting arts and crafts activities to children aged 5-11

    Monitoring  and reporting back on  the progress of the children and keeping children’s individual art files

    Organising  displays of artwork for events and end of term celebrations

    Working hand in hand with  all the  other teachers when planning the arts and craft activities to ensure an integrated approach


    The ideal candidate would have a teaching qualification or 2 years part or full time experience in Arts and Crafts coaching to young people.


    For more information, or to arrange a visit, please contact Iolanda Chirico, AFRIL manager on 0208 2974111


    To apply for this post, please email your CV and a covering letter clearly stating how you meet the requirements

    Closing date: 21st August 2016  Interviews: End of August                       Start date: 10th September 2016

    Rainbow Club Manager
    Salary: £120 per day for three days per week until December, 2016

    We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person to oversee and manage the Rainbow Club, our popular supplementary Saturday school for refugee, asylum seeker and migrant children in the Lewisham area and to fundraise for the Rainbow Club.

    Summary of Duties & Responsibilities:

    To provide frontline support and guidance to staff, volunteers and families;

    Work with families to help them meet their immediate and long term needs

    Welcome visitors and answer general enquiries

    Liaise with mainstream schools to ensure continuity of support to children

    Hold monthly meetings with parents to provide information and receive feedback

    Fundraise for the Rainbow Club core costs


    To organise the safe and effective running of the classes;

    Assess each child in order to provide an appropriate teaching curriculum and environment

    Take responsibility for continuous monitoring and evaluation to ensure the Rainbow Club Saturday school meets its objectives and each child is progressing. 

    Supervise  teachers and evaluate their teaching outcomes and classes.

    Liaise with staff to ensure that resources are available and lesson plans are implemented

    Ensure registers are kept and all necessary paperwork is completed including assessments, enrolment forms, and reports.

    Ensure classes are set up and cleared away effectively and that equipment is safely stored,

    Take responsibility for health and safety and security,

    Ensure that rules and regulations governing the Rainbow Club are implemented


    To ensure strategic and organisational  development;

    Collaborate with the Manager of AFRIL to prepare an annual project plan

    Collaborate with the Manager of AFRIL to devise and implement a resource and funding strategy

    Further develop the Quality Framework accreditation

    Promote the Saturday Club within the local and wider community and advocate for the rights of young people and refugees.


    Essential qualities

    The ideal candidate will;

    be energetic and flexible and able to work effectively under pressure

    have excellent communication skills and have good interpersonal skills

    be a good organiser with experience of fund raising

    have experience of working with children

    be committed to the aims of AFRIL

    have an understanding of issues related to refugees and asylum seekers

    have experience of teaching and working in a school environment

    To apply for this post, please email your CV and a covering letter clearly stating how you meet the requirements

    Deadline: 21st August 2016  Interviews: 31st August 2016              Start Date: 10th September 2016

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  • Pub quiz - Wednesday 27th July!

    July 21, 2016

    Come join us at The Talbot on Wednesday 27th July at 7:30 pm for our regular pub quiz! 

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