What motivated you to volunteer?
I was motivated to volunteer by the Service Time offered at King’s. One of my resolutions for 2022 was to finally make the most of this opportunity!
I chose to become a First Responder as I am very passionate about helping and supporting victims of human trafficking and modern slavery. As a Christian I try to follow the teachings of the Bible and see a strong directive throughout to work for social justice and speak out against oppression.
Before I joined King’s in 2019, I worked as an Anti-Trafficking Case Worker for a charity called City Hearts. I was based in a safe house for women and families. My role was supporting clients who had been referred into the NRM and had received a positive reasonable grounds decision to ensure that their needs were met and to provide emotional support along the way. All the clients who came to us were initially interviewed by someone in a First Responder role.
Modern slavery and human trafficking are huge issues globally. In 2021, 12,727 potential victims were referred to the NRM, and it is estimated that there are more people living in slavery today than at any point in history.
Were you inspired by anyone that you volunteered with?
The Anti-Trafficking Response Coordinators have been incredibly inspiring, right from my initial interview through to support when completing referrals. They are truly passionate about the work they do.
In the training session, one of the facilitators shared a story about a man walking along a beach littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore. The man came across a young boy eagerly throwing them back into the water one by one. The man commented that there must be tens of thousands of starfish on the beach so he wouldn’t be able to make much of a difference. The young boy bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. He turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
Although there are millions of people today affected by human trafficking and modern slavery, helping even one is immensely valuable.
How did it feel to be a part of the King’s Global Day of Service?
Volunteering is a great way to gain some perspective and balance, and to contribute towards something you feel passionate about. I’m very happy to have shared my experiences and hope that others are encouraged to use their Service Time!