After being matched with their mentee, mentors will also be required to attend an evening workshop toequip them with the skills they need to communicate effectively and support individuals with low levels of English language.
What support will I receive?
Mentors receive continual training and support throughout the course of their mentoring relationship. Aswell as the initial mentor training, pairs will have opportunities every 3 months to get together with othermentors in order to discuss and share experiences.The Time Together Coordinator will also be available by phone, email and in person to assist and guidementors and mentees throughout their mentoring experience.
Who are the mentees?
The mentees on the scheme come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, with a range of professionsand education levels. They are all refugees who are newly arrived to the UK and are currently accessing theRefugee Integration and Employment Service (RIES). You can find more information about RIES below.The standard of English varies, however it will mostly be quite basic as they will have only been in the UKfor a few months. Their more immediate needs, such as housing, should have already been resolved by theother RIES services. The sorts of things mentees need support with include:Improving their English languageUnderstanding the UK employment system and finding a jobAccessing further educationGetting to know their local communityUnderstanding UK culture and customs
How do you match me with my mentee?
Time Together has developed a careful system of matching refugees with a mentor, based on a number of key criteria. We take into account factors such as age, sex, proximity and mutual interests when deciding amatch.Time Together aims to match mentors with mentees as soon as possible after training, however, sometimesthere can be a wait whilst we find a suitable match.
What kind of things do mentors and mentees do together?
This depends on what both parties want to get out of the mentoring relationship and what they enjoy doing.Mentors on the project have done a variety of things with their mentees including; visiting museums and artgalleries, playing football together, writing a cv or looking for jobs or going on a picnic.
What is the Refugee Integration and Employment Service?
The UK Border Agency established the Refugee Integration and Employment Service (RIES) in October2008. RIES is delivered in every Government region of the UK and its support services are available to allnewly arrived refugees to the UK.The Refugee Integration and Employment Service delivers support to refugees in 3 key areas:Mentoring Service - Refugees are matched with a volunteer mentor to support them to achieve goalsaround, employment, education and integration.Information Advice and Guidance Service - all newly arrived refugees are supported by a dedicatedcaseworker for a maximum of 6 months. The caseworker will help them develop a PersonalIntegration Plan and to resolve their more immediate needs such as housing, healthcare and benefits.Employment Advice Service - newly arrived refugees will receive support to set an EmploymentAction Plan and to start taking steps towards achieving their employment goals.Refugees are referred to Time Together by either their Caseworker or their Employment Advisor. This will