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Refugee Resource’s mentoring programme provides one-to-one support for refugees and vulnerable migrants aged 13+ living in Oxfordshire. Mentoring is offered through our committed volunteer mentors who have completed our training programme focusing on the topics of; mentoring, trauma and boundaries, safeguarding, and appreciating cultural difference. Mentors regularly meet up with participants to support them in their goals for personal development, and adjustment to living in the UK. The aims of the mentoring programme are to increase the mentee’s confidence, enable independence, and reduce isolation during the 12-month relationship through Refugee Resource.

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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.

 What is mentoring in a Refugee Resource context? 

·       A supportive relationship between two individuals

·       A client led relationship focusing on the needs/wants of the mentee

·       Supporting the mentee in moving towards or achieving goals, or combat isolation

·       Doing things with a mentee not for them 

A mentor:

  • Is a volunteer

  • Receives training and constant support from Refugee Resource

  • Has some limits on what he or she can do

  • Will not judge the mentee

  • Will signpost and support the mentee to access services, education or employment (through contact with the Mentoring Coordinator) 

Mentoring activities can involve: 

·       Supporting the mentee in getting to know their local area and using transport

·       Practicing English with the mentee

·       Supporting with preparation for a job or accessing a course

·       Assisting with registering with a doctor, dentist, school, college or other service

·       Meeting at a cafe for a chat

·       Playing sports together in a local park

·       Visiting museums and exhibitions 


If you would like to become 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 (Tuesdays to Fridays), if you have any queries or would like to learn more about the programme.

​If you would like to refer someone for mentoring:

Please send us a completed referral form to

*Please ensure that you have consulted the person you wish to refer to ask if they are interested in finding out more about the programme, before sending the referral.

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.

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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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