A training evening for anyone interested in becoming a befriender for the Syrian befriend programme, which supporters refugees who have been recently resettled in Bristol through the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (originally only for Syrian families, but now including other nationalities too). A weekly visit from a local volunteer is a great way to help welcome someone to the city and help to make their transition to life here easier!
b.friend supports people of all nationalities who are at various points in their asylum process.
Befriending is... drinking tea, hearing stories of home, building trust, helping with English, exploring Bristol, sharing in leisure activities and getting to know each other with the support of the project. Volunteers give 1.5 hours of meeting time weekly and commit to befriending for 1 year. Training and support is provided.
Training dates: Sat 13th Oct (afternoon), Thur 18th Oct (evening) and Thur 25th Oct (evening) at the Power House on Feeder Road. All sessions need to be attended to participate in the programme.
Please email Sam Sayer if you are interested in finding out more or would like to attend -
Do you have an hour or two a week to help support refugees newly arrived in Bristol? Befriending involves weekly visits, helping with English, and building a friendship over a period of a year.
This training and information evening is open to anyone who would like to find out more about what volunteering as a befriender might look like. 7-9.30pm at St Werburghs Community Centre, BS2 9TJ.
This event is an opportunity for volunteers and participants of the B.friend programme to come together and have fun exploring 'We the Curious', to welcome refugee families newly arrived in Bristol, and to make new friendships and deepen existing ones.