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 has been running in London since November 2002. Hundreds of refugees from all over the capital have been matched with a mentor since then.

The project in London has three Co-ordinators, two based at TimeBank and one at the Evelyn Oldfield Unit.

Meriem, one of the London Co-ordinators, says; ‘Being a refugee myself, I can see the enormous benefits that Time Together has on the mentees who take part. Supporting people who are going through such a difficult time in their life can be challenging but it’s also really rewarding when they come back and say how happy they are with their mentors and how different things are now they have someone to talk to and help them.’

London TimeBank is currently piloting an employment focused refugee mentoring project with Job Centre Plus. Click here for more information.


Due to a fantastic response to Time Together in London we are currently unable to take on any more mentors. If you wish to be kept updated about the project's situation and informed when we are recruiting for mentors again, please click on registration of interest link below and fill out your contact details.Register now to be a mentee in London Register your interest in becoming a mentor