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 Bristol in April 2006.  It is delivered in partnership with Volunteering Bristol, an organisation which promotes, supports and develops opportunities for people to become involved in volunteering.

Time Together celebrates the diverse communities and cultures of the city, of which refugees are an important part, and works to bring different people together and enable them make positive differences to each other’s lives.  

Tom Blower, the Bristol Co-ordinator, says: 'Bristol is a great place and has clearly benefited from its diverse community.  Time Together provides a structured opportunity to engage in a positive cultural exchange.  By becoming a mentor individuals can spend 5 hours each month with a mentee assisting them in areas of integration, such as English language skills, access to education and employment, helping to build a cohesive, integrated and tolerant society.'

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Owing to the overwhelming response to the project in Bristol there are currently no spaces available on mentor training. If you want to find out more please contact Tom Blower on the number above.

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