Volunteering

Volunteering

“For me as a Catholic, it is important not only to live my faith through prayer and service in my own community but with concrete acts of mercy that reach out to any human person living in situation of exclusion. Flyktingar Lund has been a community that welcomes everybody who wants to help newcomers to integrate in society whilst respecting differences and focusing on this common goal”

Ivette Arroyo, founder of Flyktingar Lund.

Volunteering means to contribute with your talent, time, knowledge, or other resources to support the work of S:t Thomas Samarit-Flyktingar Lund. Our activities to assist asylum-seekers, refugees and other immigrants are based on solidarity in action. Solidarity implies to value our fellow human beings whilst respecting them as individuals with their own culture and beliefs. Solidarity is a universal bond that links together all human beings, race and belief.

Some people volunteer because they are engaged with the cause of social justice for refugees; others to develop new skills or to meet new people; and some simply want to deploy their talents whilst meeting amazing newcomers. No matter what your motivation to volunteer is, helping people living at the margins of society will be a source of joy for yourself as an individual. The volunteering tasks that you agree to carry out will benefit newcomers and contribute to community cohesion in Lund and surroundings. The expected long-term impact of our work will be a more reconciled society and contribute to peace building.

Requirements to become volunteer or leader

  1. We require that all volunteers participating in our activities on a regular basis, everybody volunteering with children/youth and leaders apply for their ’belastningsregistret’ (criminal record) to the Police in Lund and deliver it to the project leader. You can download the form “Ansökan om EU registerutdrag för enskild person”, PM 442-10, from the Police website here.
  2. We also require 2 references of people who know you (name, e-mail, telephone number);
  3. You need to participate in the trainings “Introduction to volunteering” and “Prevention of sexual abuse of children and adolescents”.
  4. You have to fill in and sign a form that specifies that you have accomplished with requirements 1 to 3, the activity and how long you are willing to volunteer.

How to join

Please fill out our online registration for new volunteers at using the following link at volgistics.

We can complete requirements 3 and 4 after you have received your criminal record from the police.

How to volunteer

Volunteers can be students from high school and university, people working in private companies or for public organizations, and retired people among others. You decide the activity, how, when and how long you would like to volunteer.

S:t Thomas Samarit-Flyktingar Lund coordinates partnerships with different stakeholders; and organizes activities with leaders and volunteers according to their skills and interests. We will implement activities together in a respectful, safe and inspiring atmosphere.