A funded programme based in France and the UK where your volunteering and story-sharing build empathy and inspire others to action . Full details below.
Act: Speak: Inspire is a unique interfaith and intercultural leadership programme that offers a chance to take action on one of the most pressing issues of our times.
You will lend a practical hand and a listening heart in Calais and return to the UK to amplify the voice of displaced people in your home community. Through sharing your story of volunteering and the people you meet, you will build empathy and inspire others to think differently and take action to build a more inclusive, compassionate society.
“There are some experiences in life that leave their mark on our souls and shape how we view the world… for me this was one of them.” Hina, participant 2018
The programme will enable you to:
“What has stuck with me is the complexity of life and the injustices there are, and how this could be any of us put in that situation. This fact particularly drives home to me being a first-generation immigrant.” Kadija, participant 2018
Act: Speak: Inspire volunteers:
“I think it was an abstract political concept for my father; a group of refugees trying to enter European countries, and that before I volunteered in Calais he didn’t think of them as real people with personalities and emotions. But that after hearing from me he thought more about what it must feel like and the desperation experienced by the refugees.” Participant 2018
The programme runs on the following dates:
St Ethelburga’s has been leading short-term volunteering programmes in formal and informal refugee camps since 2016. Our training sessions are fun, prepare you thoroughly for volunteering and sharing your story and provide inspiration to think differently about refugees, community and the world we’re living in today.
Unable to make the dates but would love to be involved? We’re looking for a wonderful volunteer Project Assistant to support the smooth running of the programme.
Click on this link to email Jo for a role description and any questions.
The volunteering strand of this programme has core funding to support participants. It covers:
Not included in volunteering costs are:
“I used to think I was knowledgeable when it came to the issues surrounding the refugee crisis, I used to talk about the topic passionately, I used to share statistics and talk about the failures of the international community and yet when we arrived at the camp I realised that I belonged to the group of people who was so far removed from the reality of the situation, so detached and that over time my words had grown empty and my heart numb to the suffering that was unfolding day after day. The suffering that surrounds us that we fail to see”. Nazgol, participant 2016
“For my Action@Home I felt like I had something really important to say and my personal highlight came when my guests came up to me and messaged me afterwards with further questions; what I said had stuck with them and they were still thinking about it afterwards.” Natasha, participant 2018
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St Ethelburga’s is a ‘maker of peace-makers’. We inspire and equip individuals and communities to contribute, in their own particular contexts, to activating a global culture of peace.