Together Project is founded on the simple idea that social networks are an important factor for integration.
Matching is the process whereby Together Project pairs a volunteer Welcome Group with a newly arrived, Government-Assisted Refugee (GAR) newcomer or family. Volunteers join or come together to form a Welcome Group of at least five people. In our experience, this is the minimum number of people we believe it will take for the family to develop broad social networks and to feel well-supported. To join or form a new Welcome Group, please click here.
Each Welcome Group will designate one Team Lead to liaise with Together Project and to be the main contact for the family. While other members of the group can contact Together Project in urgent cases, we ask that the Team Lead act as the primary contact person in most cases.
We suggest forming a group with close friends, family, coworkers, or members of your community. It is important that your group have an open and honest line of communication with one another in order to delineate roles and responsibilities and to play to your strengths as individuals and as a team.
For more information about forming a Welcome Group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. Together Project has worked with a variety of community agency partners across Ontario. We are currently seeking volunteers in Toronto, Mississauga and Thunder Bay. There are three ways to start volunteering with Together Project:
We train our volunteers to provide safe, effective social support for refugee newcomers. To learn more, please download our manuals below.
The first manual in the series is designed to give volunteers a broad, comprehensive overview of volunteering with refugee newcomers, including understanding refugee resettlement, the role of volunteers in integration, understanding the settlement sector, and managing expectations.
The second manual was designed to support Welcome Group volunteers in helping connect refugee newcomers with available services for the first steps in their settlement and the longer journey toward durable integration, in a way that complements the role of settlement sector staff and caseworkers.
The third manual can help guide Welcome Group volunteers in helping refugee newcomers begin the process of finding work, access training and accreditation, understand the importance of volunteerism and civic engagement, and understand basic rights and responsibilities as next steps along the journey toward long-term integration.
To see a list of Welcome Group resources by city, please click on one of the following locations:
Together Project has both public and private Facebook pages. Every Welcome Group member should request to join our private Facebook group. This is where we post events and make other announcements:
You may also wish to join our Together Project Public Facebook Page.
Here are some resources from other organizations:
CMAS, which focuses on caring for immigrant and refugee children, developed this resource, particularly for child care providers. But the first 17 pages are useful for everyone engaging with Syrian newcomers: Caring for Syrian Refugee Children