Community spirit was in full swing at Ravensthorpe Community Centre last week for the TSL Kirklees Migration Team's Welcome Mentor training. This is a scheme to recruit and train volunteers who are good with people and know their local communities inside and out to become mentors for recent migrants and help them feel welcome and settle into life in Kirklees.
All 15 trainees enjoyed the one-day introductory training in North Kirklees, with all 15 wanting to be matched with a recent migrant, asylum seeker or refugee who shares their language, heritage or hobbies and interests.
Once they've been matched with someone, each Welcome Mentor will work with a co-ordinator to plan what support is needed, and will receive regular training and skills development.
Steffi Rogers, Volunteer Co-ordinator said,
It was a real celebration of migration and a positive step towards making people in Kirklees feel welcomed, settled and independent.
Feedback from attendees included:
I would like to do it because I would like to support people. I would be doing it as it’s rewarding and I would be helping people who deserve it.
Training was amazing
Perfect, learnt lots