First of all, you will complete a simple but important application process of screening, referencing and matching.
We start by asking for some basic personal information so we can match you to the right individual - age, gender, interests, language skills.
Volunteers are required to have a basic DBS check and to provide references.
Once you’ve applied, you will have a conversation with two of our trustees or with experienced FoRL volunteers to discuss befriending in more detail, answer your questions and ensure you have all the information you need.
If your application is successful, we will send you some documents to sign including a volunteer contract and code of conduct. We will also follow up with your references.
Once all the paperwork is completed, we will either match you with a refugee straight away or add your name to a short waiting list, depending on need.
When a match has been found, we will set up a face-to-face meeting between you, your potential partner, a FoRL trustee or experienced volunteer, and sometimes an interpreter, to make sure everyone is comfortable and happy. Then it’s over to you and your partner to organise your relationship in the way that works best for you.
FoRL will check how the relationship is going after 1 month and then again at 3 months, talking to both you and your partner. We also offer regular training sessions, social events and peer-to-peer support. And of course, we’re always available to discuss issues, help resolve problems, answer questions and so on.