Befriending refugees and asylum seekers

Befriending refugees and asylum seekers is at the very core of what we do. In addition to helping our clients navigate the intricacies of the UK legal system, this means listening to them, valuing them and standing by them through difficult times.

Our clients come from a wide range of countries and backgrounds. Our befrienders (with the support of our Volunteer Coordinator) get to know our clients and their individual needs. Then, with the support of other volunteers, they may:

  • help clients to fill in application forms and other official documents
  • communicate with government authorities on behalf of clients
  • provide material support, for example a regular supply of food, toiletries or nappies
  • find accommodation for those who are, or are soon to be homeless
  • help to find appropriate legal advice, legal aid and related services
  • signposting clients to other WTRRP services such as English lessons.

Our befrienders stand by clients as their circumstances and needs change, forming close relationships which often last for years. If you’d like to talk to us about our befriending service, or refer someone else in need of support, please contact us.