Our CAS Participants
I have lived in Oxford since I was six years old and am now a student at an international school near the centre. Having grown up here for the majority of my life the homeless people in Oxford became familiar faces. Therefore, when faced with the opportunity to become a part of this effort to tackle homelessness, I jumped at the opportunity. I look forward to seeing and contributing to the change alongside the Share & Care Team.
I came to Oxford to study at St. Clare’s in January 2019. I’m from Germany and have previously lived in Brazil, India and China. Especially in India, I have witnessed a lot of poverty; I wanted to help, but was too young then to do anything sustainable. In China, I engaged in a charity that helps to pay for the treatment of sick children and I experienced how rewarding this kind of work can be.
When I came to Oxford I was quite shocked seeing so many homeless people in the city. I knew that I had to do something, so I was very excited when I learned about the Share & Care initiative and the chance to become part of it. I’m looking forward to the work we will do and hope to make a difference by helping as many people as I can.
Ever since I’ve realised the scope of the homelessness issue in Oxford as well in my hometown, I have been keen to help. Nevertheless, a coin here and there didn’t seem to be the solution to such large-scale issues. For over a year now I have observed the amazing things Share & Care did to support those in need and the immense impact such a small team has had on the Oxford community. That’s why when news came that they were opening a CAS in which I could participate I was over the moon. I am beyond excited of all the great things Share & Care will do and I hope that we can impact even more lives with the new, expanded team.
Homelessness and poverty are concerns that I have been forced to face from a very young age. Growing up in South Africa and witnessing the terrible living conditions of the majority of the population motivated me to do my part to help combat this problem. When I moved to England I was shocked by the extent of the homelessness issue and so when I heard about the Share & Care initiative I jumped at the opportunity to get involved.
My empathy for every homeless man, starving child or malnourished dog, that I have seen in Oxford, is what turned the wheels of my motivation to join this inspiring Share & Care Project. I am very excited to witness the positive change it will bring and experience the unique thrill of directly interacting with my local community. I know that the skills I learn from this initiative will not only build my character now, but also be extremely relevant even in the future aspects of my life. That is why I cannot wait to Share & Care.