What is your role and when did you start volunteering?
I am an ESOL tutor. I started volunteering in April 2021.
What City of Sanctuary project(s) do you support?
I teach English to refugees and asylum seekers.
What do you enjoy most about your work with CoS?
I really enjoy learning about other people’s culture. Within class and other activities, there is a lot of fun and laughter and a real community spirit.
How does the work you do and your project offer essential support for the asylum seeker and refugee community?
By helping people to learn English, it improves their experience of life in the UK and helps them to become part of the community.
Is there anything else you can tell us about yourself and your work with CoS?
I am a retired nurse with a passion for languages. I find the work with CoS very energising and rewarding. All the refugees and asylum seekers that I have met through my work with ESOL are smart, keen to learn and have a lot to offer. My fellow volunteers are also a diverse and interesting group of people.