After graduating from Durham University, I decided to spend another month in Durham before starting my job in London. During my three years at Durham I was very aware that I was living in a ‘student bubble’, with the majority of students coming from relatively privileged backgrounds and experiencing a particular side of Durham – receiving a great education and making the most of Durham’s cafés, restaurants and nightclubs. But volunteering at a food bank opened my eyes to the other side of Durham – the poverty, the people facing a daily struggle to make ends meet, and those forced to leave their homes due to desperate circumstances. This contrast between privilege and deprivation didn’t feel right to me, so I decided to volunteer for DASH and give something back to the place that has been home to me for the past three years.

Volunteering here has been a great experience. I have really enjoyed getting involved with lots of different projects and inputting my own ideas. I have worked on a big range of tasks, from designing a workshop and assembly to deliver in schools, to writing new content for the website, advertising the upcoming Auction of Promises event, working to improve DASH’s ties with the university, and considering different mechanisms for appraising the Board of Trustees.

The team at DASH has been welcoming and supportive and has helped me to develop new skills and work in areas which suit my interests. It also feels great to have contributed to a charity which is working to tackle such a pressing issue in Durham.


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