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"The Awakening" at Plymouth Hope

Plymouth Hope

Plymouth, United Kingdom

Project description

Plymouth Hope was started in 2008 as a football club aimed at providing football activities to refugees and indigenous population living in the poorest areas of the city. Using football as a tool for community and social cohesion was its main focus and continued to be until in 2013: the organisation expanded to other sport-based community projects and youth work. From there our renewed vision became to continue to do what we were good at and also focus on supporting young people as well as engaging in work overseas using the same principles. The organisation has been widely recognised for its unique work of building bridges between communities and changing the race relations in Devon and Cornwall in the sporting and voluntary sector. Plymouth Hope has gone from a small community project to one of the most reputable organisations in the city. We now run the most diverse and multicultural events where participation is over 2000 per event.

Accommodation, food and transport arrangements

Plymouth Hope can arrange either host families stay or rented accommodation. Volunteers will be collecting their pocket money as agreed, on weekly or monthly basis. PH will support the volunteers with opening a bank account if needed. Where a volunteer doesn't have a bank account, PH will consider giving them allowance in cash on a weekly basis to reduce any risks associated with cash handling of large sums. PH will take all the necessary steps to ensure the volunteer safety and positive integration at work and in the wider community.

Training during the project

Volunteers will be provided with an end of volunteering certificate. All other training provided come with certificates, specifically the volunteers will be able to attend training in first aid, coaching football and sport and roles, and understanding of functions and purpose of statutory and non-statutory agencies in the field of refugees.

Volunteer profile

We are looking for young people of all genders with strong interpersonal and communication skills, a good understanding and empathy towards vulnerable groups, including refugees, asylum-seekers and people from deprived areas. Volunteers should be committed to equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practices and the promotion of diversity. The ideal applicant would have an avid interest in football and sport in general. We welcome some experience in leading groups or any experience of coaching football or sport to any groups/ages/genders (although we will provide full training for this).

Placement dates

A total of 52 week(s) during the period 01/03/2019 to 30/04/2020

Placement location


Looking for volunteers from

Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Poland

Placement topics

Reception and integration of refugees and migrants

Citizenship and democratic participation

Physical education and sport

Placement deadline

No application deadline