Friends International couldn’t serve others without the support of volunteers. We rely on volunteers to help with everything from admin to organizing events. There are a number of different ways you can get involved:
Be a host for Local Link
We love to offer all the international students we meet the chance to meet local people and be invited for a meal in a local home. Some students go their entire time in our city without ever stepping foot inside a local home. Would you be willing to offer a meal to a couple of students? (NB All potential hosts will require a reference from their church leader). Click on this link to register with us online as a local link host.
Help organise an event or activity
We have a whole programme of events which are run locally. Could your church or homegroup help run an activity? Maybe you could host a baking evening at your home? Or come and help us serve food or drinks? Could you chat to students and give them a chance to practice their English conversational skills? Then please contact us for more details.
Help with catering
We run the iExplore course every Wednesday in term time at Highfield Church Centre, and are always in need of more people to help prepare and serve food, and wash up. You could join one of our catering teams – each team provides the food around once or twice a term, or just come and offer extra help on a Wednesday evening. Food is prepared in the late afternoon/early evening, ready to be served to the students at 7.30pm. Following the meal, we wash up whilst the students are in their discussion groups. For more details, or to help on a one off basis or more regularly, please contact us.
Join us to pray
We meet around twice a term to pray; please contact us for details of the next prayer meeting. There is also a regularly prayer diary produced by the team – if you’d like to recevie this (either by paper or email) then please contact us.
We are having a Day of Prayer for Local International Student Ministry on Wednesday 3rd January 2018, please do drop in to pray between 11-3pm at Portswood Church, Portswood Road, SO17 2FL, please use the side door down the drive beside the building and ring the bell.
A number of downloadable resources for volunteers are available from the main Friends International website.
Please save the date for a Returning Home? training morning on Saturday 3 March 2018, venue to be confirmed.
You can now log into our volunteers page (password protected – please contact us for the password) for details of current training and other events.