Our lovely Poland volunteers
Meet our lovely volunteers that are currently out in Poland supporting Global Footsteps: Davids Evans, Noushien Rad, Bernadette Packer and Iman Fadaei.
Born to a Welsh father and an English mother, David has lived in Cheltenham for 21 years. He has worked with voluntary and campaigning organisations for all of his working life, mainly with anti-war and environmental groups. At present David belongs to the World Development Movement, which is a UK organisation that campaigns for justice for the world’s poor. David also belongs to Gloucester Vale Conservation Volunteers and to Global Footsteps.
David enjoys walking in the countryside; dancing; listening to music; reading about human evolution, history, economics, and travel; and following sport including Cheltenham Town FC.
Noushien was born to an English mother and an Iranian father. After being raised in Liverpool, she moved to Cheltenham when she was 8. She studied at Plymouth University where she achieved a BSc degree in Events Management and now organizes events in various forms for many different people. It was with this knowledge that she helped organize the Grundtvig visit for Global Footsteps where they hosted guests from Poland, Slovakia and Germany on their visit to Cheltenham.
She has spent her time volunteering for Global Footsteps, Help the Aged, Égalité Absolue and has completed the Race for Life for Cancer Research.
In her spare time, Noushien enjoys sports such as netball, hockey and swimming. She also enjoys salsa dance, reading and arts and crafts.
Bernadette was born in 1961 in Carmarthen, South Wales to Irish parents. She moved to Cheltenham when her father was relocated for work, and lived there from the ages of three to eighteen. She attended Monks Croft infant and junior school and then went on to Charlton Park Convent School. After relocating a few times after her father’s death she returned back to Cheltenham and has since worked in civil service roles and care and support work. She has worked with the homeless, elderly and dementia patients, drug and alcohol addicts, and mental health patients. Her current job role is working with individuals in Gloucester and Cheltenham who have learning disabilities.
Bernadette has engaged in several voluntary roles, as a telephone support worker, working on Severn Sound radio an currently volunteers for the Cheltenham Prayer for schools network at St Thomas Mores’ primary. She also volunteers at Global Foosteps.
Her interests include alternative medicine, history and church, family history, attending church, walking, going to the cinema and the theatre, reading, poetry, nature and bird watching and criminology.
Iman went to Secondary school in Stroud, and after school he spent 6 months volunteering in the Faroe Islands and a further 6 months volunteering in Nepal. He then went on to study law at university in London before founding his company, The Positive Ideas Company Ltd, which creates social businesses that have a positive social impact.
Iman has been a volunteer for various causes all his life and remains a passionate advocate of community service of all kinds. He continues to support capacity building projects for youth aged 11-14 within South East London, by serving as a tutor of training courses for other volunteers wishing to participate in these programmes.
Beyond his volunteering work, he enjoys travelling, climbing, dancing and a top-quality flat white.
We wish them a brilliant time in Poland and look forward to stories of their adventure on their return!