Time Together Birmingham Covid-19

Time Together Covid-19 recruits and trains volunteers to support refugees and asylum seekers in Birmingham.

Following on from the success of our original Time Together project, we’ve launched an adapted version supporting refugees and asylum seekers across Birmingham remotely. Many refugees and asylum seekers in the city were experiencing social isolation prior to the pandemic and most of their support was delivered face to face. During the lockdown, their isolation may increase, particularly if they can no longer access their support networks.

Time Together Covid-19 will match 10 volunteers with 30 participants. Volunteers will provide befriending support by phone, text or online video call. They’ll contact the participants they are matched with once a week to check on their wellbeing and share Covid-19 advice and guidance.

Andy Forster, TimeBank Projects Director in Birmingham says: โ€œThrough 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.โ€

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