Refugees in Time of Need (RITON)
Refugees in Time of Need (RITON) is a project initiated by two NI refugee organisations: NICRAS and the Refugee Action Group (RAG). The first batch of volunteers received training at the Law Centre in October 2010. RITON volunteers can do a number of tasks such as giving lifts when asylum applicants have to sign on with the UK Border Agency at Drumkeen House in South Belfast, providing moral support at appeal or bail hearings, undergoing research on asylum cases or being there to help when someone is opening a bank account. You do not need any legal skills to be a volunteer. Language skills and access to transport could be useful but not essential. You do need to be a compassionate and calm and prepared to face traumatic situations.
You can find out more from the Refugee Action Group or by Contacting Us.