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Newsletter - Summer 2014

Assumption Volunteers England

Thank you to our volunteers
at the end of their service year

 
The Assumption Volunteers of 2013-14 have all completed their year and are returning home. We thank them all for their hard work and energy, their ideas and laughter, their appreciation and support for each other and their willingness to grow in skills, love and faith. Three of them are returning for a second year. We wish the others every blessing as they move on with their lives, strengthened by the gifts of this year. 
 
Below are the reflections of our six volunteers in Newcastle : first a quote and you can read more by clicking on the name.
 
We will also soon welcome our new volunteers. More to come from them when they arrive and settle in. 
 

 

Reflections from Walker and Kids Kabin...

 
Lauren, Marjorie and Fema are moving on and Igor is returning for a second year... Click on the name for their reflection in full.
 
"Newcastle has become home to me in ways I thought only Cincinnati could…. The freedom I’ve found to be myself, the love and complete fulfillment from my work, and the community of friends I’ve built are all things I don’t want to leave behind..."
 
"During this year at Kids Kabin I have discovered plenty of new skills. For the first time in my life I have tried to do pottery, woodwork, bike repair and I have fallen in love with these sessions. I have discovered that I am becoming stronger in challenging situations and I have some skills to work with "difficult" children… "
 
"This year has been filled with so many blessing and I am so grateful for the program. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to making this a possibility for international volunteers. It’s one thing to be able to live in a foreign country but an amazing opportunity to be able to serve as well..."
 
"My international volunteering year here in Walker was fantastic ! All the work experiences, relationships, friendships, communities, travels, adventures, learning, realisations, and different encounters in life I consider them all as a blessing..."
 
 

Reflections from Pendower Good Neighbour Project...

Spencer has completed two years with AV, one in Walker and one in Pendower. Sheila is coming back for a second year in Pendower. Click on the name for the reflection in full. 
 
"My openness to new experiences and my flexibility to situations have opened doors for me. I always want to know more and I challenge myself in all sorts of things while I am here..."
 
"Being here is not about working or doing something external, what I mean is that presence is important above all other things. Sharing your life experience, bringing happiness and enjoying the present moment with them..."
     

Welcome to our new volunteers...

We will soon welcome eight new or returning Assumption volunteers to our Orientation in Milleret House, Kensington, which takes place from 29 August to 5 September. This year we will combine those going overseas and those coming to Newcastle in one week’s training and we will have an international community - American, English, Filipino, Hungarian, Irish and Ukrainian - going to Lithuania, the Philippines and Newcastle.
 
They will leave for their projects on 8 September so more details to come in the next newsletter. 
 

Opportunities...

September 26 - 28
Retreat in London for returned volunteers  

 
The Lay Missionary and Volutneer Network, a grouping of faith-based organisations which send volunteers overseas are organising for any of their returned volunteers a 
 
RETURNED VOLUNTEER RETREAT : The Joy of the Gospel
Led by Kyra and James Trewby
Friday 26th - Sunday 28th September 2014
Milleret House, 23 Kensington Square, London, W8 5HN
Cost : £50
A chance for volunteers to reflect together on your overseas experiences, where you are at today and how to take your experiences forward now you are back home.
About Kyra and James :
Kyra has been an overseas volunteer with both the Jesuits and the Salesians, and James has volunteered and worked for the Salesians and the Columbans.
With their varied experiences of community life, prayer, pastoral work and active interests in issues of justice and peace they are excited to guide volunteers through a creative, reflective and enjoyable retreat experience.
 
Please contact Anita : bova@salesionyouthministry.com
if you are interested in participating or would like any further information.

 
Reminders of contacts

Kids Kabin and Pendower Good Neighbour Project have facebook pages. Check them out for the latest news. You can also find us on facebook under Assumption Volunteers. Please like our page to get updates. 
 
The Assumption family have a  [1]" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 10pt; font-family: verdana, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; text-decoration: underline;">Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation newsletter with articles from around the world...
 
Wishing you good holidays (if you are in summer), fulfilment and challenge (if you are in the midst of your working year) and every joy and success if you are travelling new paths in life. 
 
Helen Granger
Co-ordinator 
 
Assumption Volunteers, 23 Kensington Square, London W8 5HN 
Email : vc@assumptionvolunteers.org.uk
Phone : 02073614752

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