The first course, delivered in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, provided volunteers with practical skills and awareness in Child Safeguarding, Protection, Security and Distribution. The success of this tailor-made course led to requests by Help Refugees for another training course for their volunteers working in Calais. This course focused heavily on humanitarian frameworks and protocols, with a two-day course on people and project management, and a third day course on security, which trained volunteers in security strategies and structures. Following this, we delivered a course at the RedR offices in London, covering project and people management, as well as delivering a one day personal wellbeing workshop to a group of refugees.
Feedback on each course was very positive. All participants reported an improvement in their knowledge and skills, as well as stating a satisfaction in the overall course delivery. The key learning points identified by the participants on the trainings were child safeguarding, security procedures, and project management frameworks such as the development of log frames.
Following the course in Calais, the organisation did make suggestions on how the course could be improved, stating that the trainers must be more aware of the unique situation that volunteers are facing on the ground and that courses must be more participatory, relatable, practical and free of jargon when targeted towards such audiences. RedR UK used this feedback when developing the London course for Help Refugees. The changes led to overwhelmingly positive feedback on the course with 94% of participants rating the course as 'good' or 'excellent' and 92% stating an improvement in their knowledge and skills.