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.


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 jump@jcore.org.uk.

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. 


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