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 arrived in Sunderland in October 2006.  It is delivered in partnership with the North of England Refugee Service (NERS), an organisation that works to support and improve the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in the north of England.

Sunderland is a multi-cultural city with refugees from around the world contributing to its vibrant cultural life.  Time Together brings together local people and refugees to help combat stereotypes and to encourage refugees to achieve their potential.

Time Together is now well underway in Sunderland so now is a great time to get involved and make a positive contribution to your local community!

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