Working with refugees – a students’ view

From my student Cassie Murray, who has been working with Barnardos to help refugee families arriving in Northern Ireland.

“I have recently had the privilege of working with the refugee families that have recently arrived into the country and provided care through Barnardos, among other charities. My role was to care for the children whilst the adults went to conferences and meetings throughout the day.

This experience really opened my eyes to the struggle they have faced to get to this point. They were all very easy to work with and despite the language barrier, we were still able to communicate, play and laugh. When learning about what they have been through, it is horrifying. However working with them on a one to one basis made it much more real than reading or hearing about it on the news.

We need to work together, to make sure their movement into a new society (with a different language, culture, food and norms), is as easy for them as possible, as they do not deserve to face any more barriers. If the situation occurred differently, we could be in the position they’re in, looking for the help of people in a new country. A little bit of compassion and care can go a very long way.

Barnardos help as much as they can to make this a reality. If anyone is interesting in volunteering with them, please visit their website.”

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