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)

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!

  • French
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  • Ahemd*
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  • Kirundi (Kinyarwanda)
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  • Jean-Paul*
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  • Albanian
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  • Pramvera*
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  • Somali
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  • Mohamed
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  • Arabic
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  • Al-Nazir
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  • Farsi
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  • Jalaledim*
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  • Tigrinaya
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  • Senai*
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* Not real name

How to get a mentor? 
During COVID-19 we are open 1-2pm every Tuesday for food collection. Please come along and ask the welcoming desk about mentoring. Alternatively, contact us on 

To refer a member to the mentoring project, read the referrers Information Sheet  for referrers, complete a Referral Form and send it to

Peer Mentoring

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. 



Feeling inspired to help our mentoring work?

Got more questions? Our mentoring manager, Caroline Broman would be happy to help!  (

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01179 040479

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