Meet The Volunteers-Kiran
Meet The Volunteers - KIRAN
- Age: 35
- Nationality: Pakistani
- Town / City: Manchester
- Placement(s): The Booth Centre
A little about me...
My name is Kiran. I am from Pakistan am the eldest child, I have one younger sister. Before coming to UK I was working for women welfare organization for 4 years. I can speak 5 different languages.
Why Vincentian Volunteers ...
Choosing Vincent volunteer is God's will for me. I had chosen it because I found it very practical. In most of Christian communities only Christian people use to come for holidays. But as VV I’m working with people with other faiths and I feel this is more challenging. It helps me more to get stronger spiritually.
I believe, with our actions and behaviour we can share God's love with them and not only this but at the same time serving humanity as many people come with their real-life problems. At my placement, I meet many homeless and needy people who come there to get food and to get some help in all their problems and needs. Helping them is real Christianity and that made me choose it.
My Projects ...
My placement is the Booth Centre. A place of hope for Homeless people. Here they serve FREE food to over 250 people a week with a healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch. Provide a warm welcome to anyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness. Offer a wide range of support, including help finding accommodation, getting registered with a doctor, accessing benefits and legal advice, providing support to attend appointments, as well as offering support to tackle mental health, drug and alcohol issues.
Also help people to move on to employment, education, training or voluntary work in the community when they are ready along with wide range of different activities every day for everyone. Where people come with a hope to get food and have a good time for a day. Where they can laugh make few good friends and have someone who will listen to them and will help to solve their problems, not only this, they have given me many trainings like first aid and health and safety and many others. Which made me more confident and strong to help others.
My Highlights ...
Working at my placement has enhanced my personality in many ways, including giving hope to people who don't have much in life, to be thankful to God for everything I have in my life by the grace of God.
Working at Booth Centre and doing so many different activities in a day and every day doing something new made me a multi-tasking person. I also got so many trainings such as, First Aid, Food and Hygiene, Health and Safety, Mental Health, De-escalating Violence and Aggression. Drugs and Alcohol, EEA Entitlement, Employment Training, Homelessness Legislation Sewing and still few more to be done.
Also, working in the kitchen, and handling different projects on my own gave me confidence, which made me bit creative to work effectively and efficiently.
On the other hand, it's totally a pleasure and satisfaction that God has made me able to help his people and serve them. Sharing happiness and hearing sorrows of people coming there is an extraordinary feeling.
Sharing life with few more volunteers from different countries is also a nice experience. Three of us in one house from different countries, praying together, having community nights, eating different foods, supporting each other in difficult times (when one is emotionally down). Holding each other's hand in prayers and holding our problems to God together is very humbling.... and that in fact has given me a feeling of home, away from home.
God is great to give me this opportunity to be with his special people that includes Marion and Sister Susan.