Refugee Resource’s Mentoring programme provides one-to-one support for refugees and people seeking asylum aged 13 + living in Oxfordshire. The programme is possible because of the commitment of volunteer mentors who regularly meet up with participants to support them in reaching their goals for personal development and adjustment to living in the UK. It aims to increase the mentee’s confidence and reduce isolation.

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The Refugee Resource Mentoring Programme

Mentoring is a supportive relationship between two individuals that takes place on a regular basis over a period of time. It is available for anyone who is from the client group served by Refugee Resource. The focus, activities and outcomes will depend on the goals of the person who wants to have a mentor.


Mentoring is usually a commitment of one year, with weekly engagement between mentor and mentee for a few hours (1 to 3 hours) per week.


We continue interactive mentoring in person as far as is safe and possible throughout the COVID-19 restrictions.


What is mentoring? 

  • Mentoring helps support the mentee in moving towards or achieving goals;

  • It can be someone to go out and do things with;

  • Will help the mentee with things the mentee wants to do;

  • Will listen if the mentee wants to talk;

  • Can help you find solutions to problems;

  • Will not judge the mentee; and

  • Will signpost and support the mentee to access services, education or employment.


A mentor -

  • Is a volunteer;

  • Receives training and constant support from Refugee Resource;

  • Has some limits on what he or she can do.


Mentoring can assist the mentee to -

  • Getting to know the mentee’s area or the UK in more general;

  • Improve the mentee’s English and promote ‘British values’;

  • Prepare for a job or accessing a course;

  • Register with a doctor, dentist, school, college or other service;

  • Have fun!

If you would like to have a mentor:

  • Please download the mentoring Application form and send it to us, or contact the Mentoring Coordinator (Ms. Aoife Horgan) at Refugee Resource at or phone 07946 565836 (Mondays to Thursday), if you have ANY queries about our mentoring programme.

If you would like to refer someone for mentoring -

Please ask the person concerned if they are interested in finding out more about this and if they do, send us a completed referral form.

Call: 01865 403280    |     Email:

To relieve distress, improve well-being and facilitate the integration of refugees and asylum seekers in Oxfordshire, by providing psychological, social and practical support.

Contact us

For more information about Refugee Resource:

Accessing our services​

Referral form (by organisation) 


Referral form (by individual)

Volunteer form


Bursary form​ 


If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact OSCB, if about a child, and OSAB, if about an adult.

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