Restore seeks to change negative attitudes about asylum by raising awareness in the host community about human rights abuses and the need for people to flee persecution and seek sanctuary. This is achieved through speaking engagements, training courses, participation in church services and school classes, and circulation of information and resources.
A key outlet for this work is our ‘Who is fleeing persecution and seeking sanctuary?’ training courses for potential volunteers or anyone wishing to find out more. Over 3 interactive sessions we explain who is a refugee, give an introduction to the asylum application process and explore the practicalities of befriending. Each course includes contributions from a volunteer befriender and a refugee who gives personal input on the impact of the asylum process on them. It is these personal stories which speak most powerfully to participants.