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Restore is adapting

On 1 April 2020, Restore launched a Temporary Remote Befriending scheme.  Current befrienders can take on a new befriendee to contact weekly via WhatsApp video call.

It aims to reduce social isolation and promote well-being for more refugees and asylum seekers. Those identified for this scheme would be in at least one of the following categories:

  • Underlying health condition
  • Self-isolating
  • New to Birmingham or UK and have a small support network
  • Limited English
  • Destitute
  • Pre-existing low-level mental health issues
  • Lone adults (i.e. without family in Birmingham)

The key aims are:

  • to see how they are
  • to help them to find positive ways of using their time
  • to help them understand the government rules relating to Covid-19 (e.g. explaining that they can go for a local walk, run or cycle each day),
  • to provide opportunities to practise English
  • to signpost to other information and services
  • to signpost to online entertainment, activities and ESOL resources
  • to reduce isolation and provide a reassuring voice

Other news

  • Please write to your MP requesting increases in Asylum Support

    The Home Secretary has stated that she has not seen any specific evidence to suggest that people seeking asylum are struggling to meet their essential living needs during COVID-19! Please help change her opinion! 


  • Guidance and resources re Coronavirus

    Includes links to NHS guidance on Covid-19 in over 40 languages and links to Government policy changes affecting asylum seekers and refugees


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