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Welcome to our third fortnightly newsletter for befrienders who we believe are still actively befriending... but as we always say, please feel free to unsubscribe below if these are unwelcome. 

Dont forget our next befriending workshop is on Thursday 2nd May 2019 6.30-9.30pm at St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace and Reconciliation .  We will soon send out a specific email about this to all our registered befrienders - matched and unmatched - and will ask you to RSVP so we have an idea of numbers.
Since so many of our befriendees say they want to improve their English we're focussing this newsletter on opportunities to do just that.

Speak Street is a pop-up language cafe to make newcomers feel welcome and help them improve their everyday language skills with native speakers. It’s fun, flexible and community-based. Go together or encourage them to join in by themselves. No need to sign up to a full course, your friend can just pop in and join when it suits them.  Check out where they're popping up next at events.  They also do monthly art talks.  Its all free and your friend will be made to feel very welcome, just let the lovely people at Speak Street  know who to expect. 

There's also a new, free, conversation-driven, English language learning app called Hello for refugees and asylum seekers.  Maybe you and your friend could download the app and give it a go?  Let us know if it's any good. Here's the iOS link and the Android link

Then there's Colin Crilly who offers a class called SpEC (Speaking English with Confidence). It's for people who can speak a little, but need to practice to become more confident. It doesn't offer a qualification, just support. It's also free, open to everyone, and takes place every Wednesday 6-8pm at the Khalsa Centre Gurdwara (Sikh temple), 95 Upper Tooting Road, London, SW17 7TW. The 249 & 319 bus go close (to Tooting Bec station).  For more info, you can email Colin or call the centre directly at 020 8672 1226.

For those of you with friends in West London there's West London Welcomes a drop-in centre for asylum seekers and migrants on Thursdays (during term-time only) offering English classes both before and after a hot lunch and all for free!  Check their thursday schedule

And then in North London there's Xenia which brings migrant, refugee, asylum-seeking & British women together for workshops that encourage conversation practice & fun at Hackney Museum on Saturday mornings at 10am. Women-only but children are welcome too.  If you have a female befriendee why not go together one saturday morning?

Then there's Chatterbox which is about language courses delivered by refugees and started by Mursal Hedayat, a refugee from Afghanistan.  Is your friend a linguist?  Could they be a language tutor and help someone with conversational Arabic or Farsi or Tamil?  Check out Chatterbox. 
A Laughing Matter
Stand-up comedy from No Direction Home was a highlight of the Refugee Week Conferences in February. 
No Direction Home is a project by Camden People's Theatre and Counterpoints Arts, working with new comedians from migrant backgrounds. Next performances are on Sundays April 14th / May 19th  / Jun 23rd  at Camden People's Theatre who have offered HostNation 2 tickets for the price of one with the promo code HostNation (case sensitive) when you put two tickets in your basket.
And more things for free in London:

1.  One of our befrienders works for Amnesty and has offered HostNation 10 free tickets for the Mandela exhibition for any day except Sat (but includes Sundays) expiring May 19th.  There are 6 left, if you'd like a pair please email 
2. Black Georgian Londoners exhibition in Tottenham ends March 31st
3.  Guides to 12 self-guided London walks available for download at this site
4. Plenty of free events at Science Museum Lates (last wednesday of every month and V&A Lates (last Friday of every month)
5.  And of course British Museum, V&A, Science Museum and Natural History Museum are open and free 7 days a week!
6. Borough Market Wed-Sat is good for Sat brunch and a browse, and if you take advantage of the samples, plenty of free food too!

And thank you to Antony and Clement for this great selfie taken at Tate Modern.  Please send us any photos we can share of you and your friend (with their consent of course). 

Best wishes everyone, the HostNation team
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