Meet Will

Will works as Detention Outreach Officer at JRS UK

If you had to say something that defines you what would it be?

I would hope I was defined by my amicability, but I guess that is for others to decide.

What values matter most in your life?

Openness and Compassion. Compassion ensures we encounter people without judgement. Openness allows the possibility for change.

How do you want to contribute to your community?

For me, a community is a place of shared support and comfort. If I can provide these things in any way, through listening to others, assisting with problems, or keeping everyone well fed then I feel that is a positive contribution to my community.

What is the change that you want to see in the UK / Europe?

There has always been undercurrents of distrust and hostility directed towards ‘the other’ which both creates and is perpetuated by harmful political and social rhetoric. I would want to see change such that this distrust and hostility are replaced with compassion and openness.

Why do you think the work of JRS UK is relevant today?

The work of JRS UK is, and always will be, relevant whilst we have a political and social system which fails to uphold the dignity of refugees and migrants and forces them to margins of society.

How does your work/activity contribute to the JRS mission?

People are held in detention centres and under immigration powers so they can be forgotten by the rest of society. By meeting and accompanying those held there we hope to show that our friends are not alone; are not forgotten. We assist with any problems that they present us with and we hope to empower our friends to advocate for themselves and we, alongside them, advocate for systemic change.

What does JRS UK mean to you?

JRS UK is a supportive community that helps people in many ways. For some it is a lifeline during a time of need, for others it offers space to explore and express themselves, and for others it is a place for personal and systemic change.