Meet our Volunteers – Marianne

Introducing Marianne, an SDCAS volunteer driven by a personal connection stemming from her father’s refugee journey during World War II.

I’ve been a volunteer at SDCAS for nearly a year now. When I retired from my job, I knew I wanted to do something to help asylum seekers in my free time. My personal connection to the cause runs deep; my father was a small boat refugee from Holland to London in World War II, and that connection has always inspired me to help others in similar situations. 

I’m part of the reception team at the Copleston Centre, ensuring daily operations run smoothly. I also assist Bettina with fundraising events. The best part about volunteering with SDCAS is meeting interesting people and knowing my contributions have a meaningful impact. 

Outside of volunteering, I cherish time with my grandchildren, enjoy reading, visiting museums, watching movies, and spending time with friends. I’m currently reading “The Good Soldier” by Ford Madox Ford and have also just finished watching a BBC documentary on Picasso! 

In addition to my work with SDCAS I’m also a trustee for  a literary charity that provides financial aid to struggling writers.