Time Together

Time Together recruits and trains volunteers as mentors to support refugees and asylum seekers in the West Midlands.

Time Together recruits and trains volunteers as mentors to support refugees and asylum seekers in the West Midlands.

Our Time Together volunteer mentoring project started in September 2016 to support refugees and asylum seekers in the West Midlands to settle into UK life. Demand for the service is high, and it has supported 62 refugees and asylum seekers – 17 more than its original three-year target.

Over a period of six months mentors and mentees work on goals which might include meeting new people in the community or developing a skill or hobby. The project aims to promote the positive wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers while at the same time strengthening community cohesion.

TimeBank’s original Time Together project recruited and matched over 2,500 refugees with volunteer mentors. The success of that project demonstrated that volunteers can play an extremely effective role in advancing social integration and community cohesion.

During the mentoring relationship volunteers form strong bonds with their partners by sharing their life experiences and offering guidance and support to people who may be finding it difficult to settle in the UK.

Volunteers and participants also come together for social events and trips to places of interest, like their visit this year to the world-famous Edgbaston cricket ground.

Of those that tell us about their experience of being mentored, 100% report an overall increase in well-being.

 

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Time Together Impact

  • 60 volunteers recruited
  • 45 beneficiaries supported
  • 507 volunteering hours
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