I've been entrusted with names and contact details for asylum seekers who have asked for help with learning English. I went on to enlist the help of a few trusted friends and relatives. I'm now receiving offers of help from their friends and their friends' friends and relatives. I'd like to take up these offers but feel I can only do this if I can trust that:
1) you have considered the current situation of those who are asking for help, and will treat them with care and with respect for their safety, dignity and privacy. For this, please read Essential Information here.
2) you can sustain the hope, and foster the hope in others, that each of our lives is worth living to the full and that it's always worth striving for a fair, peaceful and sustainable world for all of us.
5) you can identify an element of self-interest in your motivation to join us (these are just a few of mine: curiosity: a desire to learn more about language and human experiences; a desire for relationship (while being aware of our differences in privilege and power); a need to be needed; a desire to try out different ways of following a dream; a desire to write a good story...) What do you want to get from talking with somebody seeking asylum in the UK and wanting to learn English?
If you'd like to join this project as a trusted friend, please send an email addressing these points to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll invite you to join a Zoom meeting from 5-6pm on a Saturday