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Maha – helping people from different countries and cultures find support

Maha volunteers as a Social Prescribing Plus Case Worker for the Trust for Developing Communities. This Brighton-based charity was created in 2000 to tackle inequality across the city through community-led solutions.

As a Social Prescribing Plus Case Worker, Maha works with individuals from Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds. She helps them to identify and access local groups and community services that are relevant to their needs and improve their health and well-being. It’s a free and confidential service.

“I originate from Sudan and have faced similar challenges to other BME people living in the UK, so I have empathy and interest in their journeys. Being from a different country and culture, and speaking a different language, makes it difficult to navigate around the system and find the support that may have come from family and friends in their home countries.

After navigating the system, myself, sometimes with great difficulty, and as a mother raising my children between two cultures, I feel I have the understanding and the experience to help make other people’s journeys easier than mine.

I enjoy being able to offer constructive advice, support, guidelines and structure. It is a rewarding job and I have met many new people from different backgrounds with different skills. It has also helped me to learn new skills, build my confidence and my self-esteem.

Volunteering is an amazing learning experience and brings communities together. You receive more than you give, and everyone benefits.”

“As a mother raising my children between two cultures, I feel I have the understanding and the experience to help make other people’s journeys easier than mine.”

“As a mother raising my children between two cultures, I feel I have the understanding and the experience to help make other people’s journeys easier than mine.”

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