for international students in Southampton and Winchester

Volunteer Training

Whether you are new to international student ministry, and just wondering about getting involved, or you have been a volunteer for many years, please join us for a Thank You Breakfast, followed by a  “Think Home” training morning on Saturday 2 June 2018.    Please book a place via the eventbrite page here.

The morning will be in two parts:
9am to 11am – Thank You Breakfast – including breakfast and an update on national and local ministry
11am to 1pm – Think Home training seminars

Please also feel free to bring a packed lunch and stay on at the end of the morning, drinks will be provided.  During the Think Home part of the morning there will be two seminars to choose from on the theme of Think Home: Getting Going and Digging Deeper:

  • Getting Going – with Susan Caddy (Southampton and Winchester Centre Leader) and Gareth Leaney (Bournemouth Centre Leader) – A general toolkit for those who have become involved in International Student Ministry during the last year or so
  • Digging Deeper – with Sue Burt (FI Head of Returnee Ministry) – An opportunity to explore the opportunities and challenges of returnee preparation

This event is open to all Friends International Southampton and Winchester Supporters and all Friends International volunteers from across the region who would usually come to the South Coast Crossing Cultures Training Day.

Summer Cafe 2018

We will be running a Summer International Café on Monday evenings from 2 July to 20 August at Portswood Church.  If you would like to join the team then please email Ena and Mary, and please note that there will be a Summer International Café Planning and Prayer meeting on Mon 25 June 2018.


Friends International couldn’t serve others without the support of volunteers. We rely on volunteers to help with everything from admin to organizing events. There are a number of different ways you can get involved:

Be a host for Local Link

We love to offer all the international students we meet the chance to meet local people and be invited for a meal in a local home. Some students go their entire time in our city without ever stepping foot inside a local home. Would you be willing to offer a meal to a couple of students? (NB All potential hosts will require a reference from their church leader).  Click on this link to register with us online as a local link host.

Help organise an event or activity

We have a whole programme of events which are run locally. Could your church or homegroup help run an activity? Maybe you could host a baking evening at your home? Or come and help us serve food or drinks? Could you chat to students and give them a chance to practice their English conversational skills? Then please contact us for more details.

Help with catering

We run the iExplore course every Wednesday in term time at Highfield Church Centre, and are always in need of more people to help prepare and serve food, and wash up. You could join one of our catering teams – each team provides the food around once or twice a term, or just come and offer extra help on a Wednesday evening. Food is prepared in the late afternoon/early evening, ready to be served to the students at 7.30pm. Following the meal, we wash up whilst the students are in their discussion groups. For more details, or to help on a one off basis or more regularly, please contact us.

Join us to pray

We meet around twice a term to pray; please contact us for details of the next prayer meeting.  There is also a regularly prayer diary produced by the team – if you’d like to recevie this (either by paper or email) then please contact us.


A number of downloadable resources for volunteers are available from the main Friends International website.


Volunteers Pages

You can now log into our volunteers page (password protected – please contact us for the password) for details of current local training, resources and other events.