The Refugee Council and the British Heart Foundation have teamed up with London hospitals to organise the first asylum seeker and refugee volunteer fair.
The fair took place yesterday in Brixton, London, as part of Citizenship and Community Month for the Year of the Volunteer. It aimed to match asylum seekers and refugees with appropriate volunteering opportunities.
Chris Badman, volunteer development co-ordinator at the Refugee Council, said: "Asylum seekers and refugees are often highly skilled but many, particularly women, find it difficult to access volunteering opportunities and are not aware of the range of activities available."
At the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London, a quarter of volunteers are from ethnic minorities.