The mentoring and befriending scheme enables volunteer mentors provide to provide one to one support to a young asylum seeker or refugee. The mentoring relationship provides friendship for socially isolated young migrants, and aims to ease their integration into local community life by helping to build their self esteem, confidence and language skills.

A mentor will meet a young person once a week for 1-2 hours. Activities in this time could include coffee and a chat, help with reading letters, college work or English.

We offer full training and on-going supervision, as well as an opportunity to attend talks and events organised by KRAN. You must be over 18, and able to commit to this role for at least nine months. A DBS check is essential and will be organised via the project. Our main office is in Canterbury from where we support the majority of our clients. However, we particularly need volunteers who can support a young person in Folkestone, Ashford, or Dover.

This is what our mentors and mentees say:

‘ Mentors are so helpful to young refugees.. I would recommend KRAN for anyone who needs help..I want to thank everyone’  ( mentee)

‘ It is a great opportunity to do something very positive and uplifting for another individual. You make a friend for life and you will certainly learn and think a lot about how and why people want to come to the UK’ (mentor)

KRAN - Kent Refugee Action Network

For further information about volunteering please see our volunteering page; for any other enquiries please contact Gareth Brown on 07522 306812 or at [email protected]