Rosa's story

Rosa, with short hair, looks at the camera and smilesAbout Rosa.
I am 54, originally from Valencia, Spain. I worked in Spain for 30 years for different Spanish companies. Due to the severe crisis in Spain I decided to come to London, look for a job and rebuild my life in this country. I have significant experience in administration and with computers and different softwares used in the construction industry. I am now training to be a Computer Digital Champion.

Why did you decide to volunteer?
I decided to volunteer because I received a lot from my community and I want to share what I know, while looking for a job, learning English and getting new qualifications.

Who do you help through volunteering?
I volunteer with Poplar Harca helping residents with computers and internet. I also volunteer with people over 50 singing, painting, reading, speaking, and helping with computers. This is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

In the last few months I have had the privilege to work as a volunteer with Southern Housing Group, helping people with computers and at the Tower of London helping people to know the Tower.

How has volunteering helped you?
It has helped me build new relationships with many different people and has given me the opportunity to learn from them. As a foreigner in a new community, it has helped me understand how to live here, and understand the world. So, I feel more confident when I speak English, use my skills and discover new interests.

What would you say to potential volunteers?
Volunteering is a great way to understand reality in your community. This gives a better ability to adapt to any event that happens in life. When you experience the satisfaction of doing something for a smile or a handshake, you start to fully appreciate even the smallest good things that happen in life.


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