My journey to becoming a volunteer for Invisible Traffick GB was, like so many things, about timing.
I have increasingly become aware in more recent years of the privilege that myself and those around me hold; this is not a financial privilege that I refer to but a privilege to live freely, without fear and without personal injustice.
Having finally realised that jumping on my soap box with friends and family was not really going to affect other people’s lives in any significant way, I had made a conscious decision at the start of 2017 that I would volunteer some of my time to support others, support women in a practical way. And then in January I heard the founder of ITGB speak about her organisation and I knew that was where I wanted to volunteer.
My reason for volunteering, like many others, was to “give something back”, to feel I was contributing and helping others. This is true of the experience as a Tamar House volunteer, but volunteering for ITGB is far from being a selfless task, what you get back from the experience is far more than you give. It is an over-used cliché, but the volunteer team and the Tamar residence are a family and you become a part of a truly remarkable story.
Each small jigsaw piece of these women’s lives, each small step is part of their journey from suffering to empowerment. Helping a woman to realise her value and believe in herself is without a doubt one of the most precious journeys I have been a part of.