Bolton Destitution Project

"Seeking to provide a safe environment where Refugees and Asylum Seekers can find friendship, food and practical help."

Farewell As Margaret Retires

On April 10th we bid a sad farewell to one of our longest-serving volunteers - Margaret McCann.

She will be dearly missed at the Destitution Project. Margaret has helped to teach English to asylum seekers and refugees and has been such a ray of sunlight to us all over the years.

Margaret popped back in to DP this week to share some lovely words of thanks:

"I want to apologise for not responding to Kath’s very kind words and not thanking you all for your lovely gifts and card. I was so surprised at receiving this attention that I was stuck for words. Not often that happens! And I feel so unworthy of your praise.

About 11 years ago, I came here hoping to help refugees who wanted to learn English. I wanted you to feel more comfortable and welcome in our community. I quickly learned that you taught me, gave to me so much more than I could ever give you. Your spirit - what you have had to go through before and suffer here - but you keep in hoping. It’s been a privilege for me to get to know you. The Joy of watching you, for example, go from not knowing a word of English to now interpreting for me!

As part of the team of volunteers, I’ve always found DP like a great family. I hope you keep that spirit. I’ll never forget you all. You’re in my heart and I hope to call in now and again to see you."

Margaret Retires

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We're looking for help! >>

English Teachers - the Destitution Project is looking for experienced English teachers who would like to volunteer to teach beginner or intermediate/advanced classes for our service users. Classes are up to 2 hours long and take place on Wednesdays at various times and we currently have 2 levels for women and 2 levels for men. Each volunteer teacher would work with one class, and likely be part of a small team of teachers (some of whom are not trained in teaching English). We also try to provide one-to-one instruction throughout the day for those service users with very little English knowledge.

Reception Volunteers - the Destitution Project is in need of volunteers to man our reception desks each Wednesday. This would require you to be present between 9.45am and 3.00pm. You will need to have good interpersonal and organisational skills, and like to meet and greet people but also comfortable ensuring that access to the Drop-In Centre and its services are well managed. You will likely work as part of a two-person team. Previous experience in this sort of task would be ideal, but not essential.
You must be 18 and over to apply.

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