I first joined SAVTE as a volunteer 1:1 tutor in 2002. My first learner was Samira who came from Yemen, I’m still friends with her and her family and went to her daughter’s wedding recently.

In 2007 a post as Outreach and Development Worker became available at SAVTE. I applied and was successful.

It was originally just for 6 months but here I am 11 years later!

What I particularly like about SAVTE is that we really work to make our learners independent. I enjoy reading learners testimonies where they no longer need interpreters or help with the daily routines of life.

Over these years the most rewarding project that I worked on was developing the Conversation Group on the Winn Gardens estate.

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We identified and trained a group of local residents to deliver the conversation group to newly arrived refugees who had been recently housed there. It was a great success and an example of real community cohesion.

As for myself, I enjoy gardening, Middle Eastern food and meeting wonderful new people from all over the world, hearing their stories and making new friends!

Patron:  The Rt Hon. the Lord Blunkett
Registered Charity No. 1081597 – Company No. 3865216