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 started in Newcastle in April 2006.  It is delivered in partnership with the North of England Refugee Service (NERS), an organisation which works to support and improve the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in the north of England.

The Newcastle refugee community is very diverse and includes refugees from Angola, Iran and Iraq.  Refugees have many skills and talents to contribute to the city’s cultural and community life.

Time Together gives volunteers the opportunity to learn about other cultures, meet new people and help to build a more cohesive community.
Mentors are currently being recruited from the Newcastle and Gateshead areas. So why not get involved and make a real difference to someone's life?

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