Restore is known primarily as a befriending project. Trained volunteers meet with a refugee or asylum seeker about once a fortnight to offer the opportunity to share together, develop English language skills, explain British systems and culture, visit places of interest and signpost to other services. Our training course is an opportunity for anybody to find out more about refugee issues, about Restore, and about becoming a befriender.

Restore is motivating for action with our next training course for those interested in befriending or wanting to learn more about refugee issues. We’re very excited to announce the dates for our next training session, which will take place on:

Thursday evenings

9th, 16th and 23rd June 2022

7:15pm – 8:45pm

The three sessions will take place on Zoom, and you can book your place by clicking here: https://bit.ly/RestoreTC_summer2022.  Places must be booked in order to attend, so make sure you register at the link.

All three sessions of the training course are different, and we require that anybody who is interested in becoming a befriender attend all three. An outline of what is included in each session is:

Week 1: Global refugee issues, overview of situation in the UK, introduction to Restore and befriending including input from a volunteer befriender

Week 2: An overview of the asylum application process and introduction to refugee resettlement, including a refugee sharing about their experience of the asylum process

Week 3: Practicalities of befriending: guidelines, boundaries, safeguarding, support, contact with and feedback to Restore and how to apply

Please share this information with anybody you think might be interested in becoming a befriender, or finding out more about refugee issues.