WHO ARE THEY AND WHAT THEY DO?
Essex Integration has a group of caring individuals who offer their help and support for free to refugee families in Essex. They are called 'Befrienders'.
Befrienders provide a very important role at Essex Integration. They give a bit of extra support to the refugees’ families to add to and complement the vital support provided by keyworkers. Learning English is an essential part of integrating into the community. So every friendly conversation or sharing tea together, helps refugee families to become more confident in the use of the English language.
Befriending services have been developed to provide refugees with opportunities for social interaction and a valuable sense of being part of a community.
Befrienders range from retired people to university students with a wide variety of ages in between! Essex Integration have Befrienders aged from 18 to 80+ years old and there are lots of different skills and a variety of languages that are spoken. Befrienders are from churches, mosques, community groups and next-door neighbours – all people who want to ‘lend a helping hand’.