Mentors are given full training prior to being matched and then spend about 5 hours a month with their mentee, helping them to feel more at home in the UK. This might mean helping to write a CV, visiting a museum or art gallery, practising English or explaining the peculiarities of British humour.

‘The types of thing we do together have ranged from discussing current affairs so my mentee can practise and improve his English, to having a bite to eat in a traditional Congolese restaurant’ a mentor on the Time Together scheme.

Time Together came to Brighton in October 2005.

The scheme is delivered in partnership with the Refugee Advice Project at Money Advice and Community Support (MACS) which provides advice and assistance to refugees in the areas of health, welfare, accommodation, employment and finance, in order to assist them to become fully integrated members of the city community.

Time Together shares these values and works to build bridges and promote cultural understanding between different communities.

Brighton is renowned for its vibrant cultural life and it is the diversity of the city that helps create this. Refugees are an important part of this community; they come from many different cultures and have many skills and talents to contribute.

Mentors in Brighton come from all walks of life and have different skills and experiences to share.  Mentors currently on the scheme include teachers, advice workers, waiters, salespeople, local business people, journalists and students - to name but a few!

Time Together provides a fantastic opportunity for you to meet new people, learn about different cultures and make a real difference to someone’s life.  As the Brighton Co-ordinator, Gianpaolo Boldrini, explains:

'It is very rewarding to see how the project is working as a linking place for individuals who care about refugees.  It also helps people - mentees and mentors- to exchange views,  experiences, get to know eachother and have fun!'

Mentoring provides both individuals with the opportunity to learn from one another. A  Brighton mentor explains:

'Spending time with my mentee is rewarding in various ways.  The most surprising one is how much I am learning from my mentee: she is incredibly strong and very determined to start a new life here in the UK.'

Owing to the overwhelming response to the project in Brighton there are currently no spaces available on mentor training. If you want to find out more please contact Gian Paolo Boldrini on the number above.

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