for international students in Southampton and Winchester

CANCELLED – Snow Update – 

The Friends International South Coast “Think Home”  training morning due to be held on Sat 3 March has been postponed.  

Due to the adverse weather, we have postponed this event (until Sat 2 June).

The snowy weather yesterday (Thursday), and the anticipated snow later today (on Friday), along with the icy conditions, means that we have made the decision to cancel. It isn’t a decision that has been made lightly; but your safety is a priority.

Stay warm, and we hope you will be able to join us on Saturday 2 June.

God bless,  The Friends International Team  (updated on Fri 2 March at 10.20am)


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 Breakfast, followed by a  “Think Home” training morning on Saturday 2 June 2018.  We will start with breakfast, to which all Friends International volunteers are invited; and people are then welcome to stay on if they wish for the training morning following this,  with sessions from Sue Burt, Gareth Leaney (FI Bournemouth) and Susan Caddy.  Venue and exact time to be confirmed.


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.