Refugee exhibits at Kingston Museum

Arabic calligraphyA calligraphy artist who fled the war in Syria and resettled in Kingston is staging an exhibition at Kingston Museum. 

Abdulrahman Murabieh is a former Syrian lawyer who has turned his hand to Arabic calligraphy with stunning results.

A selection of his work is currently on show in the main room at Kingston Museum in an exhibition that "showcases the positive impact that refugees can have on a community, and the unique perspective they offer". See this link for full article recently featured in the Surrey Comet.

Current volunteer vacancies

SOCIAL MEDIA VOLUNTEER An exciting opportunity to support the work of Refugee Action Kingston managing different social media channels. We are starting to explore how to engage with the community and promote volunteering. We want to grow our social media presence so we can operate in this space successfully, reaching out to people who may need support, encouraging support from the community and raising awareness of our work and impact.

RAK Creative Mentors share their knowledge and skills in a particular creative field with our clients to help them develop their own artistic talents. This hugely rewarding exchange provides them with a sense of personal development, a mindful outlet through which they can express themselves and a skill that could potentially be used in a professional capacity through our online store or within the context of their own entrepreneurial efforts. Mentor support can be provided in one-to-one meetings, groups, online or by phone. The mentor relationship can last between 6-12 months and involve a weekly meeting which is focussed on instruction and practice.

This volunteering opportunity provides our team with valuable support in the delivery of our fundraising efforts through the RAK online store. Collecting clothing and other donations from donors' homes, the RAK office and other collection points. Delivering donated items to our sorting facility, and on occasions, to other locations convenient for pick-up by our friends and service users.

We always welcome applications for volunteer interpreters to assist us with our work. We are very keen to recruit people with interpreting experience Get in touch if you are fluent in both English and another language All languages spoken by our refugee community are useful. We have a particular need currently for Mandarin, Russian, Tamil, Sinhalese and Vietnamese

We are currently looking for volunteer mentors who can offer weekly support to people who are looking for work, setting up their own business and/or working on their career development.