Post | October 2023 | Volunteer Stories | 2 min read

“I am very grateful that I can help Stagenhoe and give back to the community."

Written by GoVol Herts
Edwin, refugee from Honduras Volunteering for Sue Ryder/Brainkind

It is truly heart-warming to see the impact that volunteering can have on individuals and communities. Edwin's story is a testament to the power of giving back and finding a sense of purpose.

As a refugee from Honduras, Edwin faced numerous challenges when he arrived in the UK. However, his determination and commitment to making a positive difference led him to reach out to GoVolHerts and express his interest in volunteering at Stagenhoe.

Upon meeting Edwin, it was evident that his dedication knew no bounds. Despite having to walk for over two hours to get to our meeting, he arrived with a smile on his face and a willingness to contribute. With the help of our Spanish-speaking staff members, we were able to communicate effectively and explain the volunteering role to Edwin.

Since joining our team, Edwin has been volunteering three days a week, working diligently within the grounds of Stagenhoe. His hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed, and we are incredibly grateful for the contributions he has made to our organisation. Edwin's commitment to his role is truly inspiring, and his presence has enriched our Stagenhoe family.

While Edwin's volunteering efforts have undoubtedly benefited our organisation, it is important to recognise the personal benefits he has gained as well. Through volunteering, Edwin has found a sense of worth, a routine, and a sense of normality. These intangible rewards are invaluable and contribute to his overall well-being and integration into the community.

But Edwin's impact doesn't stop there. His wife, Nilda, has also joined our team, thanks to the support we provided her in obtaining a food hygiene qualification. Nilda now works alongside our kitchen staff, further strengthening our Stagenhoe family. Additionally, Edwin's friends, Evelyn and Daniel, have also become part of our community, assisting with various tasks within the grounds.

The story of Edwin and his loved ones is a testament to the transformative power of volunteering. It showcases how a simple act of giving back can not only benefit an organisation but also provide individuals with a sense of purpose, belonging, and stability.

At Stagenhoe, we are incredibly grateful for Edwin's dedication and the positive impact he has made on our organization. We are proud to have him, Nilda, Evelyn, and Daniel as part of our family, and we look forward to continuing this journey together.

If you are considering volunteering, we encourage you to take that step. You never know the profound impact you can have on both yourself and the community around you.


“I am very grateful that I can help Stagenhoe and give back to the community. It is a pleasure and it helps me to get out of the hotel and receive love from everybody” Edwin


If you would like more information about volunteering here at Stagenhoe please contact [email protected]

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