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, and started to receive offers of help from their friends and their friends' friends and relatives. I felt I could only do this if I could trust that:
1) they 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) they 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.
3) they can take responsibility for looking after themselves and others, asking for help with anything that bothers them in their conversations with asylum seekers. I recommend this 3 minute Safeguarding video for its clear and simple message that if you see something that doesn't feel right, "Tell someone". Sarah, at REAP has responded promptly to individual concerns. But we all need to support each other with an overwhelming sense of helplessness as we become aware of the impact on individuals - the people we're getting to know - of the UK government's 'hostile environment' policy.
5) they can identify an element of self-interest in their motivation to join us. I listed a few of my particular interests, for which I'm now finding expression in thePolyglots Zoom Club.
If you'd like to join this project as a trusted friend, please send an email, addressing these points, to email@example.com and I'll invite you to join the next Polyglots Zoom Club from 6-7pm on a Saturday