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Volunteer as a befriender

Restore is known primarily as a befriending project. Trained volunteers meet with a refugee or asylum seeker about once a fortnight to offer the opportunity to share together, develop English language skills, explain British systems and culture, visit places of interest and signpost to other services.  Many of those with whom we work can build relationships with others from their own background, but befriending is a bridge into the wider community.

We ask those interested in befriending to attend our information and training sessions, which usually take place 4 times a year. Volunteers are also required to provide two referees, undergo a DBS check (formerly CRB police check) and a short informal interview.

For more information about befriending, mentoring or to book a place on our next volunteer training course, please contact Jeremy Thompson, Restore’s Befriending Coordinator on

We will be running our next training course for new befrienders in summer 2018.  For details of dates, times and venue please contact Jeremy Thompson, Restore’s Befriending Coordinator on




Restore training courses

Our next training course will be held in summer 2018.

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