We’re hiring a ‘Digital Champions Coordinator’ as part of our Refugees Online Project. This role is for someone from a refugee-background for one year.
Deadline for applications: 9am, Monday 18 January.
We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual who is passionate about refugees being welcomed by their local church, to join the growing Welcome Churches team. This role would be suitable for someone from a refugee-background with knowledge of technology and a willingness to learn new skills and to learn about working in a UK office environment.
This January, we are launching our Refugees Online project to help digitally-isolated refugees to connect with community activities online. As part of this project, we are looking to recruit someone from a refugee background to coordinate our new Digital Champions – refugee volunteers who will support other refugees from their language group to get online.
Context of the role
Since the outbreak of Covid-19 it has become increasingly difficult for refugees and asylum seekers to join in with local community activities. We have seen increasing isolation of refugees and asylum seekers around the UK, due to the Covid-19 restrictions in place across the country. As the majority of activities run by community groups and churches have gone online in the last year, those that do not have access to the internet, or who are digitally illiterate have not been able to connect with friends and the community. This has increased isolation and loneliness felt by many refugees and asylum seekers – especially when we cannot meet in groups face-to-face. Many refugees and asylum seekers are experiencing digital poverty and have a higher chance of being digitally illiterate in the first place.
Our ‘Refugees Online’ project aims to equip refugees and asylum seekers to get online through our new ‘Refugees Online’ project. This project will work with local churches across the UK to empower isolated refugees and asylum seekers to connect with online activities. There are two elements to the ‘Refugees Online’ project – supporting local churches to respond to the hardware and software needs of refugees and identifying and training ‘Digital Champions’ to help refugees get online.
Applicants are required to be from a refugee-background, have an active Christian faith and be passionate about the UK Church welcoming refugees into the church community.
The Digital Champions Coordinator will be based in Derby, with remote working being required during Covid-19 restrictions. This is a fixed-term contract for one year with the possibility of becoming permanent depending on funding.