Be a Befriender with Restore

Please join Restore, a project of Birmingham Churches Together supporting refugees and people seeking sanctuaryRestore logo with Africa centre

Three new training sessions for those interested in asylum issues or becoming befrienders are being held on Thursdays 15th and 22 May and 5th June 2014 from 7.15pm to 9.15pm at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham city centre, B4 7SX

Restore’s training is offered to all those who are interested in becoming volunteer befrienders of asylum seekers and refugees.

Anyone wishing to gather further information on asylum and refugee issues is also welcome. (NB There is no obligation to volunteer with Restore at the end of the course!)

Week One: introduction to Restore and an overview of asylum issues, exposing some of the media myths about asylum, introduction to befriending and hearing the personal experience of a befriender

Week Two: introduction to the asylum application process and hearing the first-hand experience of a refugee

Week Three: the practicalities of befriending including guidelines, qualities, boundaries, cross cultural issues and the support offered to volunteers

All sessions include interactive elements.

Quote from an asylum seeker: “Befrienders are excellent at providing the invisible things like just showing you around, being a friend, providing company, giving you a feeling of normal life.”

Photo of Jeremy Thompson

Jeremy Thompson

To book a place please contact Jeremy Thompson, Befriending Co-ordinator of RESTORE on 0121 236 0069 or email him on

To find out more about the work of Restore go to their website

For a poster/flyer about this training course you can download a pdf

30th Apr 2014 Posted in: News by Stella Jennings 0

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