TimeBank is to roll out its refugee mentoring project, Time Together, to a further 18 locations after winning a grant of £3.6m. The money from the Home Office and the Treasury's Invest to Save Budget will fund the next three years.
The volunteering charity is now inviting applications from organisations wishing to help deliver the expansion. In the first round, six franchises will be established in the east and west Midlands, Greater London and the south east. Another two rounds will take place in November and May of next year.
Since its launch in 2002, Time Together has matched about 500 refugees with volunteer mentors, and more than 2,000 people have registered their interest in volunteering for the programme. Mentors spend five hours a month supporting and guiding the refugees.