Restore Befriender Training Programme
Befriending is at the HEART of Restore’s work.
- Befriending is a service provided by volunteers to offer welcome, support and encouragement to refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced loss and trauma and are attempting to rebuild their lives in Birmingham.
- Restore’s befriending scheme involves the training and matching of volunteers with asylum seekers and refugees to provide one-to-one support. Befrienders provide a listening ear, consistent and caring contact, and are committed to walking alongside refugees and asylum seekers on their journey towards integration.
- Befrienders meet with a refugee or asylum seeker about once a fortnight to offer the opportunity to share together, develop conversational English language skills, and explain British systems and culture, visit places of interest and signpost to other services. Befriending is a bridge into the wider community.
- Those interested in befriending need to attend our course of three information and training sessions, which currently take place 3 times a year. Volunteers are also required to provide two referees, undergo a DBS check and a short informal interview. We ask for an initial commitment from volunteers of six months from the point where they start befriending.
Our next Befriending Training Programme is on the following dates:
- Thursday 31st January
- Thursday 7th February
- Thursday 14th February
From 7.15-9.15pm at Carrs Lane Church in Birmingham’s City Centre. Please contact the office if you would like to book a place www.befriend[at]restore-uk[dot]org
A very simple idea that is extremely effective and mutually enriching
“Befrienders are excellent at providing the invisible things like just showing you around, providing company, giving you a feeling of normal life.” (asylum seeker)
“You can’t always make it better but you can make a difference.” (befriender)