The refugees are all qualified health professionals in need of a mentor to help them start practising in the medical maze that is the NHS.“This is how we find our mentors,” says Jane Metcalf, deputy medical director at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

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SPEED dating may sound a little daunting, but it can actually be loads of fun.

If you're not exactly sure what it's all about, we've got the lowdown on how it works, where you can take part and the quirky themed nights on offer.

In 2006 the census population was 111,184, showing a growth of 27.2% in only five years.

With many many singles dwelling in Whitby and the fact that Toronto is so easily accessible by car or public transit, it's not surprising when Whitby residents sign up for a 25singles speed dating event.

Every five minutes the refugees move round until everyone has met.

These are not mini health consultations or interviews about asylum claims.

For those living in Scotland, Ditch Or Date has events in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and is planning to bring them to Aberdeen.

In a large room in Stockton-on-Tees in north east England, NHS doctors sit behind individual tables chatting to one of 12 refugees.

Dates usually last around 3-5 minutes, but some can be up to 10 minutes.