Gabriela and her parents Soraya and Mario started volunteered with us after moving to Gloucestershire. They were going through the asylum process and Gabriela’s parents don’t speak much English, so she volunteered with them to help translate. We had a chat with the family to learn more about their experience at Emmaus Gloucestershire. Have a read…

“We started volunteering at Emmaus Gloucestershire in December 2022, all at the same time. I went twice a week at first, one day with my dad and the other with my mum.

What we liked most about volunteering is we learnt a lot. It was a whole new experience for us and we were learning what working in the UK is like. We all really enjoyed getting to know new people and my parents liked having the opportunity to learn English. It’s gave us the opportunity to start anew in this country.

Most of the time we sorted and scanned donated books, CDs and DVDs, but sometimes we helped to select and clean jewellery. We felt good volunteering here and accepted. The people we work with were very kind and helpful. They treated us kindly, helped us understand what to do and we all worked well together.

We always heard great things about Emmaus Gloucestershire from other people too. When we tell them that we volunteered here, they say it’s a good charity and one of the best in the area!

It filled us with satisfaction to be able to help the local community with what little we have.”