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  • Craft Collective Coordinator
  • RefuLingua Assistant (maternity cover)

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Craft Collective Coordinator (0.5 days per week / 15 hours per month)

We are looking for a Craft Collective Coordinator to work 0.5 days a week with us from February 2020, leading and developing the Women's Craft Collective that runs weekly on Saturday afternoons.

15 hours a month (2 Saturday afternoons per month to be included).

£22-23,000 pro rota.

1-year contract pending successful review after 3 months. 

This post is managed by the b.friend project manager at Bridges for Communities. 

This exciting job opportunity would be perfect if you have creative flair, sewing prowess and the ability to teach machine sewing to a mixed ability group of lovely women.

Project Background

The Craft Collective was founded 5 years ago by Sam Sayer as a sister project to b.friend, which enables trained volunteers to befriend asylum seekers and refugees in Bristol. The Craft Collective was developed to provide a friendly and enjoyable opportunity for asylum seeking and refugee women to learn how to sew using sewing machines. Over 5 years many different creations have been made from bunting and clothing to soft toys and a patchwork quilt. The group meets on Saturday afternoons at 2pm in the Café space at St. Stephens Church near Corn Street. It is a small group with 6/ 7 women overseen by a small team of enthusiastic volunteers with expertise in machine sewing. We create a warm and encouraging atmosphere and value our times together. 

Key Responsibilities:

This person will be responsible for the following:

- overseeing delivery of the Craft Collective on Saturday afternoons, being present at least twice a month

- recruiting, training and supporting volunteers

- managing the weekly rota for volunteers

- advertising and inviting refugee and asylum seeking women to participate

- working with participants and volunteers to develop and expand upon ideas for new projects

- researching new opportunities and models for development and growth of the project

- handling petty cash and keeping record of expenses

- ensuring that equipment is kept in good condition and the venue is left tidy and secure

Essential Criteria:

- must demonstrate competence in machine sewing

- good people skills; able to create a welcoming and inclusive environment

- good communication skills; able to use simple instructions to teach and guide participants, some of whom are not fluent in English

Application Process

We are holding an open afternoon on Sat 25th January from 2.15pm, if you would like to come and see how the Craft Collective runs. Please contact Sam Sayer on the email address below to let her know that you are intending to come. 

Download the application form below, and return it to .  Deadline for applications: Fri 31st Jan, 5pm. 

Follow up interviews to take place during the week commencing 3rd February.


RefuLingua Assistant (maternity cover - 0.5 days per week / 15 hours per month)

We are looking for an Arabic Language Consultant to work 0.5 days a week with us from February 2020 in order to oversee the development of lesson materials and to liaise with tutors while Rose is on maternity leave. This person will be responsible for the following:

- developing new teaching materials and lesson plans

- adapting the bank of resources that have already been developed for the project

- liaising with tutors and helping them develop their own lesson plans where possible

- observing lessons and giving feedback to tutors

The RefuLingua Assistant role will be 0.5 days a week (with some flexibility on when these hours are), with salary based on £20,000 pro rata.

A full job description is available for download below.

Project Background

RefuLingua is an Arabic-tutoring project which has been running successfully in Bristol for 18 months. It enables refugees to volunteer as language tutors, gaining experience and improving their employability, and enables others to benefit from the opportunity that learning Arabic presents.

Since its inception, RefuLingua has trained around 20 people of refugee background to teach Arabic to Bristolians. Over 70 people have studied Arabic with them, including in 6 group classes in the Autumn Term 2019. The project has received excellent feedback and is well placed to continue and develop in the year ahead.

Project Objectives

- to enable refugees to take a step towards employment in the UK, and to grow in their confidence and wellbeing as they teach others their language

- to enable British people to gain an insight into a new language and culture as they learn Arabic and interact with their refugee tutor.

Essential Criteria:

- Proficient in Arabic, Intermediate level English

- Language teaching experience

- Excellent understanding of the needs and assets of refugees

- Strong interpersonal skills

Desirable Criteria:

- Some experience developing language teaching materials

- We are particularly interested in applications from members of the refugee community

Application Process

Please complete an application form, and submit it before the deadline.

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Deadline for applications: 22nd Jan 2020, 5pm.