Before volunteering with ACAA, I had no idea what to expect but what I did know was that it was a charity focused on serving refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers.
I decided to volunteer with ACAA after looking through ACAA’s social media profiles on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I was inspired by the aim to help and facilitate individuals to live a prosperous life here in the UK. To offer a sense of belonging and to serve as a source of assistance for refugees and asylum seekers is not only absolutely crucial but it requires tremendous work and dedication; I was able to witness this first-hand throughout my week with ACAA.
From the very first day, I was able to participate and contribute towards a variety of tasks. For example, I have been involved in producing flyers for ACAA’s Supplementary School which aims to provide weekly classes in Maths, English and Science for children in KS1, KS2, and KS3. I had the chance to deal with a member of public directly in helping the individual improve spoken English. I also had the chance to contact the office of an MP, assist with updating the ACAA website and it’s blog, and assist with legal enquiries of clients. The sheer range of tasks I was able to undertake within just a week have been very insightful and beneficial for the development of my skills and experience.
I have learned that ACAA are at the forefront of delivering a vital service for refugees and asylum seekers. The impact this service has on the quality of life and the welfare of refugees and asylum seekers is one of value and absolute necessity. To have worked with such a remarkable charity has been an absolute pleasure and to know that I was able to make a meaningful contribution through my volunteering alongside a team of truly dedicated and passionate staff and fellow volunteers has been very inspiring.
I wish ACAA and its team of hardworking members and volunteers the best in it’s pivotal role in delivering and serving the needs of refugees and migrants to live a life of prosperity and of value.