MEET OUR VOLUNTEER!
Alaa Obeid, our Mental Health Volunteer, tells us about her experiences volunteering within our Personal Development Team.
“At first, I have to admit I was a bit anxious. I came into Caritas Anchor House through a partnership with my university, and I was not sure of what to expect as this was my first time volunteering closely in a homelessness residential charity.
“But, to be part of an organisation that offers some kind of help to those who are homeless is what makes it all worthwhile. It’s the most rewarding and valuable work you can do.
“Volunteering here twice a week for six months has changed the way I see homelessness, and has developed my personality quite a lot.
“Getting engaged in the events and activities of the health and wellbeing programme has given me a lot of experience that will definitely stay with me throughout my future career. I am glad I can go back to my home country when I’ve finished studying, with a lot of skills to implement in other communities. I have had the opportunity to take a lead on the mindfulness and relaxation sessions for residents. Seeing residents continually engaging with these sessions, and always come back eager to practice this 30 minutes relaxation, wasn’t ever what I expected!
“Being here has given me the chance to meet new people, both colleagues and residents, who I may not otherwise have had the chance to meet; but they are some of the best and most interesting people I have ever met. I hope I gave everyone something to remember throughout my volunteering.
“I learnt something new every day, about myself and others. It opened my eyes to see the strength we can have to overcome adversity, and I’m especially grateful to Elif, the Mental Health Specialist and to the Personal Development Team for the work they do and for welcoming me into their team.
“You’ll get out more of this volunteering than you put in. So, I would advise anyone who is interested in working closely in homelessness or seeking a career that has a mental health relevance, to volunteer at Caritas Anchor House, and make things happen.”
To find out more about volunteering Caritas Anchor House, please click here.