'' I suffered the loss of one of my baby's that I delivered in the UK. I was traumatised, felt isolated and felt that I had to grieve the loss of my child alone. The group gave me purpose, friendship and a reason to carry on. I am grateful for the kindness and I am now am an active member of the group and enjoy giving back to the group through volunteering at The Good Shepherd Centre''.
''Since attending the group I have felt included and have not been ashamed of my Roma identity. The group has made me feel welcome, comfortable and proud of my Roma heritage. I have not experienced this in my home country.''
''I am one of the oldest members of the group. I lost my son 2 years ago and you can imagine the devastation I felt. The group has shown me a reason to carry on, the mixture of ages and a cultural backgrounds makes the sessions fun, happy, caring and gives me a reason to get up each morning and to look forward to meet with other members of our community. People call me 'Dobre Ranko' and welcome me each morning with the smile at the door. It is lovely and really nice''.
The feeling of community spirit and caring is felt throughout the group. everyone comes together to support through offers of practical, financial and emotional help. We do not feel isolated as there is always someone to come to for advice and guidance and we work well together like one big family. The group accepts you unconditionally. (Community Members)
''I have been in the UK for less than 2 years. The first year I was lonely and isolated with no friends and people that I could talk to. No one wanted to know me and I was avoiding others. Since attending Morning prayer group and coffee morning I have found a sense of purpose, I have made friends, feel part of a family and I feel that I finally have a sense of purpose. I also volunteer at the group. I have made mistakes but I will 'ring a bell for others'.
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