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Ad-Hoc Friendship Interpreter and Translator (Arabic)

Support the Befriending Manager with feedback calls with our newcomer families who have a 1:1 Befriender, translating into/from Arabic where necessary to enable the newcomers to offer their feedback on the service
The feedback calls are planned around the availability of the newcomers and the volunteer. Around 10 or 20 minutes will be needed on each call. There will be roughly one call a week, but sometimes none for several weeks, other times all in the same few days.

About The Welcoming Association

The Welcoming is an independent charity that supports migrants and refugees to build new lives in Edinburgh. It provides a wide range of classes and activities on a free of charge, drop in basis. The aim is to help newcomers feel at home and achieve their potential in Scotland.

Experience Required

Fluent Arabic is essential. Interest in supporting others, good listening and interpersonal skills, patience, reliability and flexibility, respect for other cultures, social and cultural interests that you can share with others, interest in developing your skills and reflecting on experiences.

Training Details

Volunteer Induction Training. Introduction to the 1:1 service from the Befriending Manager. Befriending Facilitator can be contacted to discuss any group support needs or queries. 3 monthly volunteer review meeting.

Flexibility & Commitment

Home-Based Volunteering;Flexible

1 hour per week/fortnight

Location/Travel Details

Role takes place from the volunteer's home on Zoom or by phone call. Volunteers are asked to be flexible, where possible, around the need to plan ad hoc calls to our newcomer families and to offer the translation needed during these calls. All calls and time required will be consulted and agreed in advance.


We have an online form and ask that receipts are emailed to us. We pay by BACS into a bank account within a week of the expenses being claimed.

Accessibility Details

  • Happy to have a conversation about volunteer’s needs