Family Befriending

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Our Family Befriending Project matches young refugees (aged 16-25) with volunteer families who offer to share a weekly or fortnightly meal with them on a regular basis. The young refugees who benefit from this project have all come to the UK alone without their families and the majority are care leavers. They benefit from being welcomed into a family environment and feel better supported and less isolated. The host family does not intend to replace a young person’s birth family, but will go some way to meeting some of the emotional needs families usually fulfil, helping young people to feel that they are cared about.

How we support you

We recognise that offering to share your home, whether for a meal or for a stay, can be a big commitment and we are on hand to support you and your guest every step of the way. Volunteers are fully supported by the Project Coordinator who is only ever a phone call away. They will background check your guest before the placement or befriending relationship begins its trial and will conduct regular review meetings. Our Community Hosts tell us that they feel very well supported and every host we have has wanted to carry on hosting after their first placement.

We welcome families of all shapes and sizes from single people to large extended families! If you would like to find out more please get in touch (birchnetwork@gmail.com) or fill out the application form.