Meet The Forum: Margaret

14 December 2011

Volunteer – English Teacher

[blockquote]Last November I moved with my husband to London from New York, where I spent the last 5 ½ years working for Travelers Aid at JFK Airport, assisting stranded passengers. [/blockquote]

Where do you live now?
I live in Bayswater.

Why are you interested in migration?
I really admire the strength and courage it takes to move from a harsh situation to a new life in another country, and I would like to help smooth this transition for migrants and offer support and encouragement.

What do you do at MRCF?
I started out by joining the mentoring program and I am now observing Jeff ’s English classes and offering one to- one tutoring. I am also co-leading the Blog Team with Nick and participating in Charlene’s Women’s Empowerment Group.

How did you come to work at MRCF?
I knew that I wanted to work with refugee communities, and when I came to London I contacted Refugee Action, who put me in touch with MRCF.

What do you think is unique about MRCF?
The friendly staff at MRCF effectively create a welcoming environment and a real community. Frequent and varied activities make MRCF an engaging place.

What issues do you think are most important to migrants in London?
I think it is very important for migrants to feel like they have support and are not alone. I would say health, housing and legal status are the most pressing issues facing migrants.

What are you looking forward to in the next year?
I am looking forward to dedicating myself to the activities in which I am already involved at MRCF, as well as participating in new activities and getting to know more members of this community.

[h4]“It is very important for migrants to feel like they have support and are not alone.”[/h4]

3 Comments. Leave new

Thank you Margaret for the fantastic job you are doing.

Beth Crosland
12 January 2012 1:50 pm

It’s lovely to have you with us and thanks for everything you contribute. I used to work for a refugee support agency at Heathrow Airport, so let’s have a proper chat about your work for Traveler’s Aid


It’s such a pleasure having you working with us at MRCF!


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