conversation over borders
We believe in bridging borders through conversation.
We bring together forcibly displaced people with the wider community, to facilitate human connection, reduce social isolation and build confidence in spoken English.
We want to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities to thrive in their new lives in the UK.
Our vision is connected communities, where refugees and asylum seekers have equitable opportunities to thrive in their new lives in the UK.
We do this through providing one-to-one online befriending, English classes, refugee-led mental health support and digital inclusion and access, to tackle social isolation and upskill our community.
We bring together forcibly displaced people with volunteers across the UK to spark cross-cultural dialogue and show that we have more in common than we do separating us.
"Now I feel as if I take a step forward every day. Now I'm starting to feel alive and I'm starting to feel my life has meaning. You may see these things as simple, but we see them as great things that have great value and impact on us.
It heals our wounds and revives hope in our hearts. It makes us forget all the pain and sorrows that we lived in our countries.”
"Conversation Over Borders has given me the chance to make connections with people I never would have otherwise, in a time when meeting new people is almost impossible.
I have loved seeing my partner's English improve over the past eight months - as her confidence improves I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about her culture and experiences which has been such a privilege."
"Hamish isn’t just a teacher for me, but more like a friend. Sometimes for people in my situation it is important when you feel alone to be able to go out or to speak to someone.
For me this was Hamish, and when I didn’t feel like doing the class he would say we can just talk and listened to me."
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English & befriending project
Our English & Befriending Project connects people who have fled conflict and persecution with volunteer tutors in the UK for free one-on-one online English conversation classes. This builds long-term friendships, human connection through language learning and cultural exchange.