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 Leicester in October 2005 and is run in partnership with Refugee Action, an organisation that works to promote the rights and welfare of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK.

Refugees have many skills and talents to contribute to the city community and Time Together aims to help refugees feel more at home in the city.  It also provides a great opportunity for volunteers to learn about different cultures, meet new people and make positive differences to each other’s lives.

Rose Panumudipo, the Leicester Co-ordinator and a refugee herself, says,

'As a refugee myself and living in a diverse city like Leicester, I think Time Together is a great experience of tolerance and learning for both mentors and mentees.  It also provides an exciting opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity of the city.'

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