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 Sheffield in April 2006.  It is delivered in partnership with the Northern Refugee Centre, an organisation that provides support to refugees and asylum seekers with a particular focus on supporting the integration of refugees in Yorkshire and Humber.

Sheffield has a diverse refugee community including refugees from Iran, Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan - to name but a few. Refugees have many talents and skills to contribute to the city community and play a big part in creating Sheffield’s dynamic cultural life. 

Time Together  has received a great response from the local community and  mentors and mentees are currently being recruited from Sheffield and Rotherham.

A mentor from the project says, “The training day given by the Refugee Centre was very good and enjoyable. I would encourage others to join the scheme as I can see that very useful partnerships can be forged between the local population and refugees.”

A mentee from the project says, “My mentor has talked a lot about UK culture and history and given me a book about this. She has been very sympathetic and keen to help. I think the mentoring is a good idea. It is helpful generally, but especially when you get the right mentor. My relationship with my mentor and her understanding and support help me enormously to improve my knowledge of the NHS, boost my confidence and believe in myself.”

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