Befriending training with Restore

The crisis in Afghanistan is on all of our minds at the moment. How will Restore, a project of Birmingham Churches Together, be helping Afghans arriving in Birmingham? Restore’s vision for a society into which all refugees and asylum seekers are welcomed, valued and integrated. So, Restore will offer befriending and group social activities to Afghans, as they do to other refugees and asylum seekers arriving in our city. Refugee Action, who will be providing support to the Afghan interpreters and their families for the first 12-months, will refer them to Restore for befriending.

They are, therefore, looking for more volunteers to join our befriending team to offer one-to-one befriending support to Afghans and other refugees and asylum seekers. Befrienders offer welcome, help with conversational English, a listening ear, the opportunity to learn more about Birmingham and signpost to other services.

This October, Restore is motivating for action with their training course for those interested in befriending or wanting to learn more about refugee issues. The course takes place over three Wednesday evenings on 6th, 13th and 20th October from 7:15pm to 8:45pm.

One attendee at their last training course said “The organisation of the befriending process is really impressive”, and another said “I feel that I can confidently say that I do want to be a befriender”.

If you are interested in joining Restore in October for their training course, and would like to find out more about joining the amazing team of volunteers, please email admin@restore-uk.org.

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