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Globally 130 million people are displaced – how can we turn a crisis into economic prosperity for all?

What problem does LIFT solve?

LIFT connects those who can help – with advice, resources, networks, skills, experience, job options – to those needing help. Connections that help to make a positive benefit for our whole community.

The future is bright for between just 1-10% of the world’s population.

In the UK the cost of living crisis, rising rents, and an uncertain job market combine to make things tough for many. Low paying, zero hours jobs often lead to even more poverty. Some of the worst affected are refugees (and the few asylum seekers with the right to work) who face limited options & support to make the most of their skills – skills our country needs.

Once a refugee gets their permission to remain (BRP), often after several years of being unable to work, build a CV, or get required certifications, the real uphill battle begins:

How can you succeed when there are so many barriers to overcome, and even attempting to enter the job market seems like the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill 

We are excited to introduce our LIFT Mentorship Program designed to connect Mentors and Mentees via a user-friendly interface.

How does LIFT work?

This program will facilitate three one-hour meetings over a span of three months, allowing for focused and effective mentorship sessions.

  1. Month 1: The first meeting aims to establish a rapport between the Mentor and Mentee, discuss the Mentee’s goals, and create an action plan for the upcoming months.
  2. Month 2: The second meeting will be a check-in to evaluate the progress made towards the goals set during the first meeting, and make any necessary adjustments to the action plan.
  3. Month 3: The final meeting will be an overall review of the program, discussions on the progress made, experiences shared, and plans for future development.

What do I have to do?

Action Items for Mentors and Mentees

Before commencing with the Mentorship Program, both Mentors and Mentees are recommended to accomplish the following tasks:

For Mentors

  1. Please sign and return our Volunteer Agreement.
  2. Understand the purpose and structure of the Mentorship Program.
  3. Identify your strengths and areas of expertise that can be shared with the Mentee.
  4. Be prepared to listen, guide, and provide constructive feedback.
  5. Develop a flexible schedule to accommodate the mentoring sessions.
  6. Set clear expectations about the mentoring relationship.
  7. Read our induction (button below) for guidance on interacting with our members.
  8. Read our Policies for Safeguarding, Equal Opportunities, and Data Privacy.

For Mentees

  1. Understand the purpose and structure of the Mentorship Program.
  2. Identify your goals and areas you wish to develop or learn about.
  3. Be open to receiving feedback and guidance.
  4. Commit to the schedule and respect the Mentor’s time.
  5. Be prepared to actively participate in discussions and implement the action plans.

Successfully completing these action items will ensure a productive and effective Mentorship Program.

We look forward to your participation in our Mentorship Program.