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Working in Partnership

Time Together is delivered through an innovative social franchising method. Put more simply, TimeBank works in partnership with local organisations who deliver Time Together on the ground. TimeBank developed the project framework and manages Time Together nationally, supporting the projects across the UK. In each project, a local Co-ordinator is responsible for matching, training and supporting mentors and mentees. Working in partnership with local organisations means the scheme can be adapted to respond to local needs, as a grassroots project would. However, with its national framework, Time Together has the benefits of something much bigger in terms of public awareness, support for staff and quality of experience.

“As a frontline organisation we have the contacts, we know what is happening on the ground and we have built our reputation as an agency trusted by refugees and asylum seekers. TimeBank adds media profile and expertise in mentor recruitment, opportunities for co-ordinators to share experience nationally and a uniquely valuable IT system.”
Refugee Action – Manchester and Leicester partner

Time Together also complements the work that local partner organisations are already involved with, enabling them to offer a more holistic service to refugees.

“The three elements of the new integration model (Mentoring, Sunrise, Employment) sit very well together. Sunrise helps refugees with issues such as housing and finding schools, mentoring helps increase social integration and employment projects, such as Trellis, provide further specialised support for refugees..”
Trellis (Employability Forum) – Birmingham partner

Our partnership approach to delivering the project adds real value to the organisations that we work with.

“Participating in the Time Together scheme has added value to our organisation – we are now much more embedded in the community. TimeBank’s national scope and experience complement our grassroots community activity. Linking up to a national infrastructure enables us to deliver within set quality parameters.”
MACS – Brighton partner

Independent research for Time Together concludes that mentoring is highly successful in helping refugees integrate in the UK. To read more, download the Changing Lives report here.