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Someyeh

Someyeh

I was very active in my country and I need to be active as well here.

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Irene the Ambassador

Irene the Ambassador

Read our interview with Volunteer Ambassador Irene Ibanda about her involvement in volunteering and her motivation for encouraging others to volunteer.

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Pride finds happiness in volunteering

Pride finds happiness in volunteering

When I volunteer I am happy because I know I have made another person happy.

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10 Years of Refugees Volunteering in Sheffield

10 Years of Refugees Volunteering in Sheffield

The New Beginnings project celebrates 10 years of supporting refugees to volunteer and organisations to involve them well.

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Oday

Oday

Getting a job felt like mission impossible

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Claudia

Claudia

Volunteering helped me to improve my English and get a job

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Mukhtar Hassan

Mukhtar Hassan

I always dreamed of working for the NHS. Now i can work my way up bit by bit.

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Rainbows End Charity Shop

Rainbows End Charity Shop

Refugee volunteers help us to be visible representation of our diverse community so everyone feels welcome when they come in to the shop.

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Abdul - a highly qualified volunteer

Abdul - a highly qualified volunteer

So far in my life, I have mostly worked with private businesses and governments, but through my volunteering I got to know more about community organisations.

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Your confidence grows when you volunteer

Your confidence grows when you volunteer

The trust the staff at Oxfam have shown in me has really helped me. It means a lot to me that after initial support, I am now treated like anyone else.

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Alain

Alain

"I saw myself losing the knowledge and abilities I had. Volunteering builds up your charisma, keeps the engine turning."

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Ashraf Easa

Ashraf Easa

Previously working for the Sudanese Government Statistics Bureau, Ashraf hopes to improve his English so he can use his skills again.

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Wahid

Wahid

"I started to volunteer, it gave me a lot of confidence, i met different people and got lots of different skills.

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Abera

Abera

In my country, I did a lot of work for what we call NGOs – organisations that help people, and are not connected to the government. Now I volunteer for a charity in Sheffield.

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Binta

Binta

Having worked for the United Nations I thought getting a job in the UK would be a piece of cake - it wasn't so easy! Through volunteering I got the UK experience I needed. Now I have a job that I love.

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Paw

Paw

At the café, the people there are friendly. I think my English gets better. I like the older people, they are very kind.

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