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Isobel's Volunteer Story

I started volunteering at WHFS during the summer of 2014, hoping to get some hands on experience working with women at community level before starting my masters in Gender Studies at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies).

After a few months I was delighted to be offered a part-time paid role for 6 months with the charity, where I headed up a new project 'Patient Open Consent' and I also carried out some research into FGM in Tower Hamlets, culminating in a fantastic event at the House of Commons, "Hear Our Voices", showcasing the ideas of the local community regarding FGM.

I absolutely loved my time at WHFS, I was welcomed into an inspirational team and was given a high level of responsibility working independently on an interesting piece of research.

Sharon Hanooman and staff were incredibly accommodating of my part-time studies undertaken alongside my work, as WHFS is a place where personal development is not just supported but celebrated. Furthermore, I gained invaluable skills in an area of work that I wanted to develop my career in, and really felt like I was part of my community whilst doing so.

I am now Community Coordinator at another charity that works with migrant women in London and am due to finish my masters in 2016. I would most definitely recommend volunteering at WHFS, as it's a fantastic organisation, with a positive work environment, carrying out integral work in Tower Hamlets.

Isobel Coutinho, October 2015

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