Volunteer Spotlight on Leigh Aulton

Leigh Aulton

I have volunteered at REVIVE for about 4 years now. I was asked to join the running of the Women’s Group by a friend from church, who was already involved. I have done a lot of volunteer work but I’d never worked with refugees or asylum seekers. 

 I was aware that these ladies had often experienced extreme trauma and, to be honest, I didn’t think I’d be up to the job. 

  As soon as I started, I realised that all that is required is the ability to treat everyone you meet with dignity and respect. 

 These ladies are so relieved to find a place where they are unconditionally welcomed, that it makes me frustrated to think that it isn’t something that they always encounter. 

They are amazing women; they never dwell on their problems and are all a pleasure to be with. I thoroughly enjoy sharing time with them. The group allows us take time away from everyday hassles and involve ourselves in craft activities ranging from: making pen pots for local school children, sewing and mending clothing or knitting fidget muffs for people with Dementia.  

I used to be a teacher in a secondary school; sometimes it takes years to see the fruit of your labour in that profession.  However, REVIVE sessions are no labour and I always leave feeling enriched. 


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