The Tonbridge Welcomes Refugees Mentoring Programme


Settling in a new country is a daunting task at the best of times. If you are alone, traumatised and have had to leave evrything behind – including family, friends and possessions –  the practical and emotional challenges can be overwhelming. 

The Tonbridge Welcomes Refugees (TWR) Mentoring programme aims to extend support to refugees and asylum seekers in West Kent, helping them to build happier lives in the UK.

What is mentoring?

“A voluntary, mutually beneficial and purposeful relationship in which an individual gives time to support another to enable them to make changes in their life.”

Mentoring and Befriending Foundation, 2011

By joining the TWR programme, mentees can access regular support to help them navigate their local services, build confidence, develop new skills and work towards their own personal goals. 

What form will a TWR mentoring relationship take?

A relationship will typically last 9 months and consist of roughly one meeting a week during this period. 

The TWR mentor will support the mentee (an asylum seeker or refugee) to adapt to life in Britain and build the life they aspire to, through a non-judgemental, confidential and dependable relationship over a significant period of time. 

All TWR mentors receive training and ongoing support. 

TWR offers to support to refugees and asylum seekers throughout West Kent.  

Find out more about mentoring with TWR

Refer a mentee to the TWR scheme.

Become a mentor.


Our commitment to safeguarding

TWR recognises the importance of its support services to families, children, young people and adults and its particular responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of those who are vulnerable or at risk. 

The TWR Safeguarding Policy.

For copies of TWR’s full set of safeguarding policies and procedures please get in touch.