Visit our COVID-19 resource page for links and information on remote social support for vulnerable newcomers.
Together Project connects refugee newcomers and Canadians to build stronger, more integrated communities.
We match Welcome Groups of five or more volunteers with newly arrived refugees for social and integration support.
In response to COVID-19, Together Project is adapting our volunteer training to offer effective remote social support to vulnerable newcomers.
Together Project supports our work through evidence-based program evaluation and research to inform and improve our intended impact.
“I help with Arabic translation between volunteers and newcomers. At the beginning I was in almost every WhatsApp chat translating. It gave me a lot of hope that I am doing something useful. I never knew my language could provide so much help in Canada.” – Khadije. Read more here.
Together Project uses the term “vulnerable newcomers” to refer to the government-assisted refugees and refugee claimants we serve. These newcomers are considered to be more “vulnerable” than other newcomers because they typically encounter more barriers when trying to rebuild their lives in Canada. Welcome Group volunteers can help by providing six months of social support to newcomers to assist with their integration priorities such as language learning, career navigation or access to education. Learn how you can enhance newcomer resilience and mitigate social isolation by offering remote social support at https://togetherproject.ca/matching/#volunteer
We would like to thank TechSoup Canada for publishing our guest blog post about remote social support, and Charity Village for reposting it. This piece explains the changes we have made at Together Project to support newcomer refugees through online volunteering during the pandemic. “We have been learning together with our program participants and while there have been hurdles to overcome, there have also been many new opportunities for growth for our initiative.” Join our Co-Directors for a Tech Soup webinar on July 29th webinar to learn more about the impact of remote social support. Register here.