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 was set up in Manchester in November 2004. The response to the project has been fantastic and those participating come from all over the region including Wigan, Bolton, Oldham, Salford and Stockport.

The Manchester Co-ordinators, who are based at Refugee Action in the city centre, say, ‘Mentors and mentees alike have been learning a great deal from each other.’

Members of the Manchester business community have now become involved in the project by mentoring refugees who are running their own community organisations.

Register now to be a mentor in Manchester
Register now to be a mentee in Manchester