A call for volunteers for a befriending programme, which will involve Maltese nationals and long term residents being partnered with refugees or non-EU nationals has today been launched.
‘Friends’ will take part in a series of activities – such as group outings to nature parks or festivals; or individual cultural exchanges based around common interests, such as food, music or customs – over a period of four months.
There will also be regular training for volunteers before the activities commence, so they can learn about the aims of the programme and better understand the challenges their partners may have faced.
Volunteers will need to be available twice a month, during the evening or at weekends, from October until the end of January (there will be a break over the Christmas period); as well as for training on at least a weekly basis from mid-September.
The main aim is to promote cross-cultural exchange and understanding and help refugees and third country nationals build relationships with local people.
If you are interested in volunteering, please apply using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/
Applicants will be invited to a informal meeting where they can learn more about what will be involved.
The deadline for volunteer applications is 11th September 2017.