Lyn writes:

I recently took the opportunity to take voluntary redundancy and early retirement after 35 years of working in both the voluntary and public sector.

My role focused on community development, challenging inequalities and that much used word ’empowerment’.

I am currently involved with a number of community projects as a volunteer worker.

My experience of working with communities in Sheffield, Rotherham and Craigavon strengthened and confirmed my commitment to supporting individuals to achieve their full potential and the importance of people feeling and being a part of their local community. Communication, confidence and language are vital ingredients in making this happen and I believe that SAVTE help to fulfil that role for both learners and volunteers.

I am particularly interested in SAVTE role in working with new arrivals – both asylum seekers and economic migrants who are making Sheffield their new home.

Language is such an obvious barrier for people not only feeling settled in their new environment but for accessing services, employment and education for their selves and their families.