— Luke Sampson (@LPSampson) November 7, 2015
Lydia Sampson is in her final year of her masters in social work at Warwick University, but in her previous job working with the charity Carriers of Hope she was already identified as showing all the skills and traits of a successful social worker. Sue Sampson, founder and chair of Carriers of Hope, says Lydia took a deep interest in the life stories of all the families. “It troubled her greatly that asylum seekers are unable to work in a paid capacity. So she looked for the potential of those helped by the service to become volunteers – using their skills and life experiences in an unpaid capacity.” Self-worth and self-esteem blossomed and the charity is now in the position where 70% of the volunteers are recruited from families who have been served by it. “Much of this is down to Lydia’s involvement. Quietly and caringly she would get alongside individual clients to draw out their concerns. She would look for ways to encourage and reach out to families in extremely difficult situations,” Sampson says.
Nice work Lydia. A box of chocolates is winging its way to you as we write.
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