Mary started at RETAS as a volunteer in early 2015 and following this worked as an employment and education adviser until the middle of last year. She was an incredible asset to the organisation and had an amazing impact on so many service users. While we were incredibly sad to lose her, we were thrilled that she is still working in the sector and that she can now channel some of her frustrations and expert knowledge into her work with Asylum Matters.
I sat down with Roger to chat about his role since his first involvement with RETAS as he has had such an interesting journey which I felt was important to share. Roger's journey very much mirrors that of lots of our current and former staff members, many of whom began as volunteers and progressed through various roles. Equally, many of our current and former staff have themselves been through the asylum process and been service users at RETAS which we feel adds a crucial perspective and contribution to the way in which we carry out our services.