Invitation from Restore

Restore, a project of Birmingham Churches Together, works with refugees and asylum seekers in Birmingham, Solihull and Smethwick. Our vision is for a society into which all refugees and asylum seekers are welcomed, valued and integrated. 
Our befriending scheme involves the training and matching of trained volunteers with recently arrived refugees and asylum seekers to provide flexible, one-to-one relational support.  
As the Government continues its hostility towards people seeking asylum through the Illegal Migration Act and Safety of Rwanda Act, its imperative that we show refugees that there are people willing to welcome and support them.
As befrienders, we cannot resolve the difficulties refugees and those seeking sanctuary have faced and continue to face but we can provide a listening ear, caring contact, and support, as well as the opportunity to practice conversational English. Befriending is an enriching experience for both the volunteer and the befriendee, so we hope you will gain a lot from this scheme! 
For those interested in befriending, we ask that you attend all three of our in-person training sessions at The Rep Theatre, Birmingham.
Week 3: Tuesday 25 June 2024, 7:15pm – 9:15pm 
Practicalities of befriending: guidelines, boundaries, safeguarding, support, contact with and feedback to Restore and how to apply. 
You are welcome to attend if you are interested in becoming a befriender or if you interested in learning more about people seeking asylum and refugees. Those interested in befriending opt into the application process at the end of the course.
Register here

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