I was very active in my country and I need to be active as well here.
Read our interview with Volunteer Ambassador Irene Ibanda about her involvement in volunteering and her motivation for encouraging others to volunteer.
When I volunteer I am happy because I know I have made another person happy.
The New Beginnings project celebrates 10 years of supporting refugees to volunteer and organisations to involve them well.
Getting a job felt like mission impossible
Volunteering helped me to improve my English and get a job
I always dreamed of working for the NHS. Now i can work my way up bit by bit.
Refugee volunteers help us to be visible representation of our diverse community so everyone feels welcome when they come in to the shop.
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.
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.
"I saw myself losing the knowledge and abilities I had. Volunteering builds up your charisma, keeps the engine turning."
Previously working for the Sudanese Government Statistics Bureau, Ashraf hopes to improve his English so he can use his skills again.
"I started to volunteer, it gave me a lot of confidence, i met different people and got lots of different skills.
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.
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.
At the café, the people there are friendly. I think my English gets better. I like the older people, they are very kind.