Quotes from the Modern Day Slavery and Awareness Raising Session with asylum seekers and refugees attending FODI’s services in Sunderland
Appreciate all the staff and help from ICOS’
‘ICOS staff help was more than excellent thank you’
‘I am very happy with the support I got from ICOS’
‘I am happy with ICOS’s service’
“I have volunteered for a variety of different activities with ICOS within the park. Doing clean ups, fixing bird feeders, painting fences, planting trees I also got a few maintenance requests from the park’s fairies as well. It is nice meeting other volunteers who are interesting and aspiring people you can learn from. Volunteering is great fun, and it feels good when you see park visitors noticing your efforts and enjoying a well- maintained park.” – Marius Sinkunas, international student volunteer.
“I like to volunteer in the park because I help keep it clean and I also help the environment. I like helping ICOS because it is an organisation that has supported me a lot.” – Carlos Bernal, asylum seeker and volunteer.
“It’s my favourite park, I love it. I was pushed around it in my pram and have played and collected leaves, seeds, berries, cones, conkers, etc. through the seasons, for the school nature tables when young. It taught me a lot. I have always wanted to work in the open air. So why not work for such a hard caring organisation like yourselves! It’s brought back great memories and I have met loads of lovely people, both walkers and lovely mixed race volunteers who also love the park. What’s to lose?” – M. Guy, volunteer
“Volunteering as a student with ICOS has opened many doors for me, from new friends, job opportunities, and learning about nature. I really enjoy helping out in the Backhouse park!” – Catalin Pospor, international student and volunteer.