Restore newsletter

Who is

fleeing persecution

and seeking sanctuary?

Please join Restore, a project of Birmingham Churches Together

supporting refugees and people seeking sanctuary,

for 3 information sessions for those interested in asylum issues

or in training to become befrienders.



on Thursdays, 27 September, 4 and 11 October 2012

2- 4pm

at BMS: International Mission Centre

24 Weoley Park Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6QX



on Thursdays, 8, 15 and 22 November 2012


at St George’s Community Hub, Great Hampton Row, Newtown, B19 3JG


Restore’s training is offered to all those who are interested in becoming volunteer befrienders of asylum seekers and refugees. Anyone wishing to gather further information on asylum and refugee issues is also welcome. (NB There is no obligation to volunteer with Restore at the end of the course!)


Week one: introduction to Restore and an overview of asylum issues, exposing some of the media myths about asylum, introduction to befriending and hearing the personal experience of a befriender


Week two: introduction to the asylum application process and hearing the first-hand experience of a refugee or asylum seeker


Week three: the practicalities of befriending including guidelines, qualities, boundaries, cross cultural issues and the support offered to volunteers.


All sessions include interactive elements

Befrienders are excellent at providing the invisible things like just showing you around, being a friend, providing company, giving you a feeling of normal life.”

Quote from an asylum seeker

Further details are available from Jeremy Thompson (Befriending Co-ordinator of RESTORE) – 0121 236 0069 or

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