Rhiannon Prideaux, JRS UK Emergency Response Coordinator and Manager of the Accommodation Project
What values matter most in your life?
Compassion, empathy, integrity and equality.
How do you want to contribute to your community?
I want to bring people together to learn from each other and support others to live to their full potential
What is the change that you want to see in the UK / Europe?
For it to become a more welcoming and tolerant society. One which sees the potential of migrants and refugees as individuals and nourish that rather than denumanising and othering people who come here to seek sanctuary.
Why do you think the work of JRS UK is relevant today?
As immigration policy becomes more and more hostile it is important that organisations such as JRS UK speak out with our refugees friends against the injustices they face and call for change on a policy level as well as working one to one with people to challenges things that are impacting them in their day to day lives.
What does JRS UK mean to you?
I think that JRS is an antidote to the hostility, negativity and closed doors that refugees and asylum seekers face in their everyday lives and in government rhetoric. I think JRS creates a safe, welcoming space where people are seen and valued as individuals with their own strengths and weakness and their own hopes and fears.