Project Noor Application FAQs

How long is the project?

The project will last for 6 months and include an average of 1-2 hours of participation per week, based around your availability and preferences. We would like to recruit participants who can commit to taking part for the whole period. This will likely include staying in touch with Project Noor's team and other participants, taking part in online and in-person events and contributing your perspective on the activities and topics covered.

Who can apply?

You are eligible to apply if you:

  1. Identify as a woman & you are a refugee or an asylum seeker

  2. Are from the Middle East and speak Arabic or English

  3. Live in London and have the right to work

  4. Are 30 years old or above

  5. Are looking for personal support to find employment or be self-employed

  6. Are available to commit for 6 months

  7. Are excited to be part of a small pilot project as an active contributor and co-creator

How will the project work?

We will be working with participants on a one-to-one basis to identify the main barriers to employment they are facing and try to support them to overcome them. This could include training opportunities, wellbeing and mental health support, advise on CV and job applications, and making referrals to other external services.

Participants will get financial support to cover costs like transportation and childcare in order to join Noor’s activities and training opportunities, but they won’t be paid for their participation to the project.

We will take a creative and collaborative approach that we hope will be really enjoyable for the participants and also draw upon their diverse strengths and skills as active contributors to the project.

Will I be paid to getting part?

Participants will not be paid for taking part, but they will get financial support to cover costs like transportation and childcare in order to join Noor’s activities and training opportunities.

Will I get a job at the end of the project?

All of the team and activities within Project Noor will be aimed at supporting participants into a job that they want to be in. However, Project Noor cannot guarantee you securing a job.

Can I take part if I don't speak English?

Yes! Project Noor's team speaks Arabic as well as English.

I am struggling to fill the application. How can I get support?

If you are having any issue with the application form, please send us an email at

What is The SHM Foundation?

Project Noor is being run by The SHM Foundation, a small charitable foundation based in the UK, but with team members based around the world. The SHM Foundation works predominantly in mental health, education and the arts to create positive social change. Our work has particularly been focused over the last decade in creating social support systems for vulnerable, marginalised or isolated groups.

Get Involved

Help us empower adolescents living with HIV in South Africa by donating towards our Khuluma Khulisani Mentor Programme.

Donate Now

The SHM Foundation is a charitable foundation (registration number 1126568) | Privacy Policy