Friends of Refugees (FOR) is an independent not-for-profit organisation which has responded to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and helps to create a positive future for people seeking asylum and refugees in Australia.
Project Hope exists to bring hope to the people of Greater Dandenong by delivering a range of support services, providing practical assistance and by creating spaces where people can contribute and belong to community.
The COACH (Creating Opportunities And Casting Hope) Community Mentoring Partnership is a collaboration between Friends of Refugees with the support of and in partnership with The Salvation Army and Mission Australia. The people FOR/COACH mentors will be mentoring are people seeking asylum and refugees.
COACH is a mentoring program aimed at supporting people doing it tough in the City of Greater Dandenong. Through goal-focused mentoring, we create space for people to explore their strengths, try new things and step towards a brighter future.
The role of a mentor is to be ‘a friend with a purpose’. The purpose being to provide person centered support through one-on-one community-based mentoring.
Mentors acknowledge that relationship is the vehicle for encouraging and empowering participants to achieve their nominated goals and/or make significant positive change.
• Commit to a FOR 2 hour introductory training session and a COACH 6 hour training program.
• Commit to meeting with COACH participant for 1-2 hours per week/fortnight
• Attend quarterly team meetings
• Engage in supervision and proactively seek support from FOR Team Leader and COACH Manager when required • Commit to the program for no less than 12 months • Complete weekly contact sheet • Support Values, Mission and Vision of FOR and COACH and partners