Introducing Ruth Wanjiku, Policy and Parliamentary Volunteer
Soon after beginning her time at The Children's Society, Ruth took time to answer a few questions about her work, her background and what she's doing with our policy team.
What do you do as a Parliamentary and Policy Volunteer here at The Children’s Society?
I am a volunteer supporting the Refugee Children’s Consortium (RCC) based at The Children’s Society. The RCC is a group of non-governmental organisations who work collectively to ensure that that the rights and needs of refugee children are promoted and respected in accordance with the relevant domestic, regional and international standards.
My role at RCC is to help progress the RCC’s policy and parliamentary activities in order to help raise awareness of the issues facing refugee children in the UK today and find positive solutions to improve their lives.
Beyond being a volunteer, what else do you do?
I am currently going into my third year of my degree. I am reading politics and international relations at Royal Holloway, University of London.
How did you come to work at the Refugee Children’s Consortium?
I happened to discover an advertisement for the volunteer role whilst searching for a summer internship. I was aware of The Children’s Society and the Refugee Children’s Consortium through previous work placement with charities such as Voice and the Who Cares? Trust, who work with young people in care and care leavers. Similarly, I had always been interested with issues related to refugee children and young people.
In addition to helping children, are there any other causes you support or are passionate about?
As a care leaver, I have often been involved with organizations that work to promote the voice of child in care. Care leavers like refugee children tend to be disadvantaged and I have always been interested in supporting and helping these types of groups.
So far, how have you found being a volunteer here?
My time at The Children Society so far has been very pleasant. My work with the Refugee Children’s Consortium is extremely stimulating and interesting. Currently I am getting involved in blogging which raises awareness on issues affecting migrant children; similarly I have been involved in organising a parliamentary event.