“Seeking to welcome and integrate refugees and asylum seekers”
Restore is a project of Birmingham Churches Together, working to welcome and integrate refugees and asylum seekers into the local community. Restore’s one-to-one befriending project pairs refugees and asylum seekers with trained volunteers from the community.
What is Restore?
Restore is a project run by registered charity Birmingham Churches Together. Their vision is for a society into which all refugees and asylum seekers are welcomed, valued and integrated.
Restore welcomes, includes and integrates refugees and those seeking sanctuary from persecution. Their services include one-to-one befriending, group social activities and employability training. Since mid 2015, there has been a significant increase in demand in their services.
Restore’s one-to-one befriending project pairs refugees and asylum seekers with trained volunteers from the community, offering a warm welcome, listening skills, opportunities to informally practice conversational English and enabling them to learn about British culture and signposting to other services.
Befriending provides opportunities for refugees to link into the host community. Many refugees are really motivated to build a new life in Birmingham and to persist in developing their English skills. Many have arrived with limited English and appreciate that meeting with a befriender can enable them to move forward on their journey towards integration.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
Funding from LoveBrum will help Restore to train volunteers, welcome and signpost newly referred refugees and asylum seekers and make and support new befriending matches.
£2,000 funding would enable Restore to train 12 volunteers and support 12 new befriending matches.
Where can people go to find out more about Restore?
Jeremy Thompson, Manager
Tel: 0121 661 4275