What do young people get out of JUMP?
A friend in a strange country
Help with paperwork and meetings;
Help accessing education;
Reduced feeling of isolation.
What the young people tell us:
- "My befriender is such a nice person, so honest and kind. We meet at first for one hour but end up talking for two-three hours.”
- “If JUMP wasn’t here, I would be destitute by now”.
- “My befriender feels like my relative"
What do the befrienders get out of JUMP?
A chance to help people in real need
A chance to 'give back'
A new friend
Develop an interest in asylum issues.
What befrienders tell us:
- “I am happy I had a chance to get to know such an amazing person as my ‘befriendee’. One can learn a lot from him, in terms of approach to life.”
- “It has helped me a lot to understand the reality of life for refugees and asylum seekers.”
- “It was eye- opening for me to engage with a young person from such a different background.”
Befriending project for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people.
JUMP provides one-to-one befriending for vulnerable young asylum seekers who have come to the UK without parents or a guardian.
We match them up with a trained and committed adult volunteer befriender. They offer a regular, stable and structured friendship plus support in navigating their way through life in the UK.
The young people we support face a huge number of challenges in the UK. Having fled conflict and persecution, they are in a new country with an unfamiliar culture and language, forced to navigate a difficult and confusing asylum system alone. With their befriender however, we create a safe space where they can explore their interests, regain some control over their own lives and benefit from a non-judgemental, non-directive friendship.
JUMP pairs meet at least once a fortnight. What they do depends on both people’s interests. Some meet regularly for a coffee and chat, others may help with more practical issues such as registering for with the GP or filling in asylum support forms. Above all, JUMP is about building a sincere and supportive friendship, to the benefit of both the young person and the befriender.
BECOME A BEFRIENDER
Volunteering as a JUMP befriender could change your life, as well as that of the young person you befriend. You will receive full training and will need to undergo a full 'DBS' (formerly CRB) check.
Find out more by calling us on 020 8455 0896 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: October 2020: We are currently unable to take new applications for volunteer befrienders due to Covid-restrictions. Please do contact us in early 2021 if you are interested in becoming a befriender.