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Wellbeing Yoga for our Welcome Mentor Volunteers

TSL Welcome Mentor Volunteers support vulnerable Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants when they are placed in our communities, as they often lack the language and support networks to help them access services and integrate into the community. The Welcome Mentor programme was developed to offer a volunteer support/befriending service to help reduce some of the barriers and alleviate the feeling of isolation. Throughout the Pandemic the Mentors have continued to provide support which often includes:​

  • Support to access to NHS services including assisting with registering at medical centres, opticians and dental practices and help planning for visits to hospitals or specialist appointments​
  • Support and advice on how to access services such as food banks, migrant groups and legal advice​
  • Support to access English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) assessments and ESOL classes​
  • Assistance helping to identify and access community activity to support integration​

This much needed support can be demanding and so when Ellie from Umbrella Yoga contacted me with an offer of Yoga taster sessions for our Volunteers we all jumped at the chance! ​

The sessions were absolutely wonderful, Ellie was amazing to work with, she arranged everything for us. The classes were inclusive, fun, interactive and left us all wanting more, every volunteer asked if we could have more sessions and some said that they would also be looking to find Yoga near by so that they could continue to go to classes. ​

This opportunity was really unique and so very important for the wellbeing of our volunteers who work so hard supporting others. It was also an opportunity that would be out of reach for some for financial reasons and so we are very grateful to everyone who played a part in making this happen. 

What the Mentors said: 

“This was such a treat, I have never done Yoga before and I absolutely loved it, for a whole hour I did not think about any of my worries”​

“The yoga was amazing, I loved every minute … will there be any more?” ​

“I absolutely loved it and loved meeting the other volunteers, please can I come if there are any more sessions”​

“My mind and body feels rested, I have never had the opportunity to do Yoga before and I feel like I have been missing out”

Find out more about Welcome Mentors

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