(Photo by Sisi Burn, Talent Beyond Boundaries)
On Saturday 12th February, 27 refugee nurses coming to work for the NHS arrived in Bristol, Cambridge, Chorley, Doncaster, London, Preston and Warrington where they were welcomed by local volunteers. The volunteers are taking part in a programme called Neighbours for Newcomers, which has been organized by Reset and funded through a partnership with Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB), the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement.
Neighbours for Newcomers connects highly skilled refugees coming to work in the UK through the Government’s displaced talent mobility programme with local volunteers. The refugee nurses are identified in Lebanon and Jordan, by TBB, while Reset recruits and trains volunteers here in the UK to support the nurses once they arrive. Each local Neighbours for Newcomers group consists of 5-10 volunteers who support the nurses for 6 months.
The programme began in October 2021 with volunteers in 6 locations across England welcoming 25 nurses. Volunteers and nurses in Great Yarmouth told the BBC about their experience.
Dr Kate Brown, Co-Director at Reset, commented: