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Welcome Jasmine, our new Befriending Coordinator!

We are delighted to welcome Jasmine Cullen, Restore’s new Befriending Co-ordinator who joined the Restore staff team on Monday 15 April and has embarked on an induction programme.

Jasmine joins us after several years working in the IT sector and Friends International, where she developed an understanding of challenges faced by those adapting to a new culture in the UK.

We’ve asked Jasmine to introduce herself:

“After volunteering as a befriender at Restore for the last three years, I am excited about the opportunity to work full-time as the Befriending Co-ordinator.

One of my best friends is a refugee and through our friendship, I have developed an understanding of the difficulties faced by those applying for asylum on a more personal level. This inspired my interest in working with refugees and asylum seekers, and since then I’ve volunteered as a befriender with Restore; and also with the Open Door Friendship Project in Small Heath leading an IT training course for migrants living in that area.

I’ve absolutely loved my first few weeks at Restore! I’ve learnt so much from people during initial visits with newly referred service users and at Restore events, including how to cook coffee in sand and the variety of unique musical instruments in Iran. I’ve also been amazed by the work of all the charities and volunteers I’ve met who dedicate so much time to helping asylum seekers and refugees. I’m excited to meet more incredible people over the coming weeks, and to build upon my current experience to support both the volunteer befrienders and befriendees at Restore.”

There will be opportunities to meet with Jasmine over the next few weeks and months at events like Restore’s group social activities for women, the next training course for new volunteers and at Restore’s Annual Celebration. Please welcome and introduce yourself to Jasmine via her email address, jasmine@restore-uk.org 

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