Our mentoring project provides one-to-one emotional and practical support to refugees and asylum seekers. Our mentors are trained volunteers who listen to the needs of their mentees and provide tailored support for up to 6 months.
Our mentors enable refugees and asylum seekers to make their own way in life and helps them to regain confidence and control over their lives. We love seeing the impact of mentoring on our members and are working to ensure more refugees and asylum seekers can lead independent, fulfilled lives through mentoring.
How a mentor can help:
Support conversational English
Help find and access services
Help build confidence
Engage in new activities and services
Help know the local area and way of life in the UK
Help apply for work and write a CV (for those with right to work)
Accompany to certain appointments
Help access education and training
Help to prepare for driving theory test (for refugees)
Assist in navigating the asylum system
How to get a mentor?
Before making the referral, please read here our Guide for Referrers.
Click here to refer someone to the Mentoring project.
If you have any questions about the referral or would like to talk about specific needs, language requirements, etc. please click here to contact us
The Voices of the Mentoring Project
Listen how our members describe the Mentoring Project in their own languages and read how mentors and mentees describe their experiences with the Mentoring Project!
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Our peer mentoring project provides new members with a trained mentor from a refugee and asylum seeking background to welcome them to Borderlands and provide orientation support to Bristol.
We recognise that newly arrived asylum seekers need help to feel confident and settled in their new home and we believe that there is no one better to do this than someone who has already experienced settling into Bristol after seeking sanctuary.
Our peer mentors provide much needed connection and support to our new members and gives experienced and skilled members a valued role to contribute to their local community.
Every new member at Borderlands is offered this fantastic support!