She describes the work as ‘a friendship and language program where volunteers befriend the HBF clients (asylum seekers who are victims of torture). They show them London and help them with their English speaking skills. This has been very successful and extraordinarily rewarding for both the clients and volunteers.’
It is clear, from this video of their work, that it is, indeed, about much more than language. She and her colleagues come alongside refugees who may be struggling with depression, panic attacks, PTSD and even suicidal tendencies. They genuinely care for them, walking through the heavy times, offering, understanding and support.
And, yes, they learn English, but they learn much more as well. They learn they are welcome and have new and deep friendships in their host country.