TimeBank’s new volunteering project will support Birmingham asylum seekers and refugees during Covid-19

Julia Shipston Julia Shipston

TimeBank has received a grant of £14,760 from the National Lottery Community Fund in partnership with Barrow Cadbury Trust, to deliver a new volunteer mentoring project to support asylum seekers and refugees in Birmingham during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The charity will recruit and train 10 volunteers, who will be matched to 30 beneficiaries. Support will be delivered by phone, text and online, with volunteers contacting beneficiaries once a week to check on their wellbeing and share Covid-19 advice and guidance.

The project will work with local statutory and voluntary sector organisations in Birmingham over six months.

Andy Forster, TimeBank Programme Director in Birmingham says: “Through our many volunteering projects in the city, TimeBank has developed positive relationships with over 40 local organisations, providing unique access to the asylum seeker and refugee community. We will work closely with those agencies to ensure we support those who are most vulnerable and at risk during the pandemic.”

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For further information, contact: TimeBank Communications Manager: [email protected], tel: 0771 316 3003

Notes to editors:

About TimeBank:

  • TimeBank is a national volunteering charity, started in 2000. It recruits and trains volunteers to deliver projects to tackle complex social problems using online video technology
  • It also works with businesses to engage their staff in volunteering
  • TimeBank believes that great volunteering can transform the lives of both volunteers and beneficiaries by building stronger, happier and more inclusive communities.
  • For more information see www.timebank.org.uk

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