Kalyani – A Volunteer’s Case Study

September 2, 2014 - In Case Studies, News Articles, Volunteers

Kalyani Mitra has been volunteering with Nottingham Arimathea Trust for over a year.  She carries out administrative duties in our office and also is a mentor for one of our clients.  Here are some of her thoughts on volunteering.

“I think that you’re giving here, and you’re helping, but also you’re getting something back, like skills, in letter writing, computer skills… it’s one way of keeping up with that, a way to gain skills and also awareness.

Before I started, I knew who asylum seekers were, or who I thought they were, but I didn’t realise that someone could end up destitute and homeless, I didn’t realise how bad things could get – so knowledge and a better understanding is also something I got out of it.”

Kalyani has had a big impact on NATs work.  We now have a much more organised filing system that is kept up to date and enables staff to access vital records and documents quickly and easily.  Also, since Kalyani has started mentoring, she has been a great support to her mentee and other NAT residents.  She attends meetings or doctor’s appointments with him, assists with any letters he doesn’t understand and helps him to improve his English.  He has told NAT staff that Kalyani has been a great help for him and he feels more positive about things now.  Kalyani enjoys her volunteering role and feels happy making a contribution to our work: “I really look forward to coming here every week and meeting all my mentees, it’s a really rewarding job.  I’ve been doing it for six months now and I would like to continue doing it as long as I can!”

Can You Help

There are still many other destitute asylum seekers that need our assistance and we are happy to hear from anyone who would like to help. To see how you can get involved, click here.