Volunteers Week 2021 – Thomas

Thomas has gone above and beyond in his role as Triage Volunteer since joining HMSC in March. Below he explains why he decided to volunteer:

After graduating from law school, I decided to volunteer at HMSC in order to put my newly acquired skills to best use: pro bono work for disadvantaged and vulnerable people. HMSC is a pillar of the community with a great reputation, I eagerly joined this organisation dedicated to defending and improving lives.

As a Triage Volunteer, my key role is to accurately record information providing support to our visitors. A typical day will commence at 9:30 am and finish with a debrief in the late afternoon. This day will involve a lot of problem solving, teamwork and reveal the utter cruelty behind the current ‘hostile environment’ adopted by the Home Office.

Every week I learn something new. The greatest part of volunteering for HMSC is being part of a team that truly values the input of all their staff. HMSC also provide frequent training opportunities including legal aid and domestic violence.

I would say to anyone considering volunteering to discard any fears of not being good enough. If you are reliable, have empathy for others and willing to learn you are already good enough. Giving back to your community is a feeling that cannot be beaten, especially at HMSC where the team help you develop your skills.

Volunteers’ Week (1st – 7th June 2021) is an opportunity to celebrate, recognise and say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make around the UK. Each day this week, we’ll be bringing you stories from HMSC’s incredible volunteers. To find out more about our work, follow us on Twitter.

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