Adult Mentoring & Befriending


New Routes engages with local workplaces to recruit mentors who will provide one-to-one supported work experience or career guidance to recently settled refugees in Norwich.

We also train local people and more settled BME volunteers to use their practical skills and knowledge, to befriend and support recent arrivals to the city. Volunteers help with orientation, access to services and finding learning and social opportunities to smooth the routes to integration.

We run:

  • Celebration events to highlight the benefits of cultural diversity
  • Regular group orientation, educational and cultural activities and outings
  • Mentor/befriender 2-day intensive (MBF accredited) training for volunteers to build skills and cultural understanding
  • Monthly volunteer meetings and regular mentoring and befriending partnership monitoring to ensure that project actions and development reflect participants’ needs.

This project has Mentoring & Befriending Foundation, Approved Provider Standard accreditation.