Since 1993, I have actively supported the integration and well-being of refugees. My main focus has been to help asylum seekers and refugees integrate and access volunteer positions in the US and UK - acting as an advisor or mentor, holding workshops, managing my own small group projects and as an active committee member of The Migration Foundation. With a Masters in Refugee Studies and through research and practical work I continue to learn how I can best serve these individuals and, in affect, the community at large.
On Thursdays you'll find me in East London working with an inspiring group of asylum seeking and refugee women aiming to take control of their life and well-being. I get so much more out of this experience than anything I could offer. You could too!
I would be more than happy to answer any questions you have or point you in the right direction for accessing volunteering opportunities within this sector. Through my own projects, I have many opportunities as well that might interest you.
There are several refugees keen to have a coach now they are free to pursue their dreams. Many want to build a livelihood for themselves and give back or better understand how they can more fully participate in society. If you are interested in donating your expertise and time to a refugee as a coach or mentor, please get in touch.
Perhaps you'd be interested in sharing your expertise by offering an inspiring workshop about areas related but not limited to personal development, goal-setting or growth. Or, if you are hosting a workshop and would be happy to waive the fee and invite a refugee to attend one of your workshops, I could match a refugee who would benefit most.
I am familiar with many of the organisations operating in the refugee sector and can point you to one of the many organisation aligned with your volunteer ambitions or locality. There are so many ways to get involved!