Volunteering provides opportunities for those in local communities receiving refugees to welcome new arrivals, use their skills and expertise to support specific aspects of integration, and expand the overall capacity and variety of local integration frameworks. Volunteering can also provide refugees with opportunities to build social and professional networks, develop language skills and find pathways to employment in their new contexts.

SHARE promotes volunteering as an important component of welcoming local communities and a key driver for successful early integration.

Follow the links to read more about the SHARING through Mentoring Programme, which enabled local communities to access guidance and support to develop volunteering initiatives for refugee integration, and read/download the 2015 publication Volunteering for Refugee Integration: a SHARE Network Toolkit Publication (also available in French and German) a toolkit to start, assess and improve volunteering initiatives.