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Finding a job

We’ve compiled a list of useful resources here to help you find work.

Refugee Resource

  • Deciding what job to look for
  • Where to look for jobs (jobsearch)
  • Application forms
  • Curriculum vitae writing (apply for a job)
  • How to do a job interview
  • Advice on training for work
  • Getting an unpaid work placement with a local employer to get work experience and work references

Kate Hood, Director,, 01865 403280

Volunteer Centre Oxfordshire

Volunteering is one way to get work experience which you can then talk about when applying for paid jobs. You can find opportunities on the Oxfordshire Volunteers website and you can register and search by location or interest

If you live in Oxford CitySouth Oxfordshire or the Vale of White Horse areas, contact  or 01865 251946

If you live in West Oxfordshire, contact Volunteer Link Up (West Oxfordshire) on  01993 776277

If you live in Cherwell, contact Volunteer Connect on  or  0300 3030 126

35 hours a week volunteering.

Asylum Welcome

Regular one-to-one appointments to discuss the educational needs of individual asylum seekers and refugees.

Help to find classes that teach English from basic through to advanced levels.

Help to find and register for vocational training courses, such as shoemaking, plumbing and chef training, or for academic courses at all levels, including tertiary degrees.

Checking how overseas educational and professional qualifications compare with those in the British systems through the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) website.

Advice on finding services that may be able to care for your children while you are studying.

One-to-one personally tailored English lessons for those who are unable to attend a college class, or who are waiting for a place in a class.

Use of a bicycle or a bus pass to attend classes for those with insufficient income.

Referrals to organisations that may be able to help you with funding your studies.

Help with computers and IT is also available.

Pre-booked appointments and phone lines 9.30 – 5.00 Monday
Drop-ins, food, phone lines, appointment advice 9.30 – 4.00 Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Youth club Tuesday evening.

Telephone advice for detainees is available either on the office number 01865 722082 during opening hours or on the mobile number 07740 108550 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Contact phone 01865 722082

Aspire Oxfordshire

AspireOxford works with adults aged 18+ offering real work experience as part of our Social Enterprises programme. Trainees [ as our volunteers are called] can develop work experience in our high quality gardens and ground maintenance, painting and decorating, property maintenance and cleaning, recycling, removals and community transport enterprises.

Through this work experience, trainees gain skills, training and confidence. In addition, their Team Leader supports with the development of work skills, and in due course is able to provide a work based reference, which is often a barrier to entry to the UK jobs market. In addition, our Trainee Support Worker, provides pastoral and intensive support with other concerns preventing trainees from moving forwards. This can include debt management, housing support, in addition both support workers, with the trainee develop work based activity to include CV writing, literacy and links with local employers who approach us, asking if we can support with filling their vacancies.

Trainees can join our programme, from any part of Oxfordshire. We pay all travel costs and offer a £5 food voucher for each day’s attendance.  For Oxfordshire adults who are not yet ready to undertake work experience, we offer sports and physical activity sessions, across the County, through our Active Body, Healthy Mind Programme. Currently there are 8 sports to choose from, to include mountain biking, fishing, archery and table tennis. This promotes social inclusion and builds confidence.

For more information contact or 07771 640930 / 01865 204450

Crisis Skylight Oxford

Café, workshops and training courses for rough sleepers: Monday – Saturday, open 8.30am – 4pm

Creative Dementia Arts Network

We are a small not for profit arts organisation working with arts practitioners with older people/people with dementia. Refugees with an interest in arts and older people/people with dementia that have IT skills can help us with voluntary work including simple updating of our database in Excel and marketing – uploading details about the conference to various sites. We have just launched a project whereby arts practitioners work with older people in various settings. If any refugees are interested in shadowing our work and getting some training please make contact.

Contact Maria Pasiecznik Parsons 07801 509993

Funding related to COVID-19

Further information about funding sources during the pandemic.

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