Connecting Opportunities. Mentoring & Befriending: Supporting integration and employment

 

 

What does Connecting Opportunities Mentoring & Befriending (COMB) offer?

Refugees and other migrants sometimes struggle to find work in the UK.

Connecting Opportunities Mentoring and Befriending offers people who are thinking about work the chance to build their confidence, improve their English, and to making contacts and friends in their local community, finding out about the help and services available to them.

LASSN’s befrienders try and help with these issues, buy meeting up with someone for a couple of hours each week, building a relationship with them, and encouraging them to try new new things.

Befrienders receive training tailored to their role and receive on-going support from the Volunteers Manager.


What makes this difference from LASSN’s other befriending service?

This service works exclusively with refugees and other migrants who have a right to work in the UK and is focused on helping people build their confidence and skills to get into work.

This service works exclusively with refugees and other migrants who have a right to work in the UK and is focused on helping people build their confidence and skills to move towards work or get into work.


How do I get a COMB befriender or refer someone I know?

Get in touch with xxxx, the Volunteers Manager: 07xxx xxx xxx.

They will talk things through and work out if this is the right service for you, or the person you’re calling about.

You can then complete an online referral form.


How can I help?

If you are interested in offering a couple of hours a week to meet with a refugee (or other migrant) and to help them build their confidence, please have a look at this role description and then complete this online application form.     


Tell me more about Connecting Opportunities?

Connecting Opportunities is a new project to increase integration in Leeds City Region by supporting the most socially excluded new migrants to tackle the complex barriers they face in integrating in their local areas, increasing their employability, or finding work.

Ten organisations that specialise in working with migrants will be working together to offer tailored support, cultural orientation, English language classes and other training options for project participants. Connecting Opportunities will also create new local connections, with opportunities for local people to be volunteer mentors and befrienders, and for employers to provide work placements to help people get a foothold in the job market.

Connecting Opportunities is funded by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme.

LASSN’s role in this partnership is to recruit and supervise volunteers who will provide befriending and mentoring support, to enable individuals to increase their confidence, improve their spoken English, and to understand and make stronger connections with their neighbourhoods and communities.

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