We are excited to share with you our second blog focusing on “Our People”, introducing the stories of our colleagues who work within the venues and their commitment to great causes whether it is raising money or volunteering far from home to support the charities they believe in.
This month we sat down and spoke with Rebecca Lynch who is our Conference & Events Coordinator at Eastwood Hall, part of The Venues Collection. Rebecca shared with us her story about her time and experience in West Africa promoting disability rights and what motivated her along the way.
’Back in April 2017, I decided to join the International Citizen Service (ICS), and travel to Burkina Faso, West Africa, for 3 months to work alongside the local NGO, Handicap Solidaire Burkina. I decided to do this because I wanted to be part of something that made a difference where it was really needed, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do this as well as a wonderful chance to see a part of the world I never would have seen otherwise.
The aim of the charity is to protect and promote disability rights in a country where people living with a disability aren’t heard and aren’t treated the same as able-bodied people. During my time there, I lived with a local family in their home, worked in schools, churches and mosques teaching English, computer skills and sports and worked alongside the local community to try to eradicate the stigma linked to disability in third world countries. I have learnt so much about other cultures, people and languages and gained skills that I try to use on a daily basis at Eastwood Hall. I have become more confident and have learnt more about the world, how people with disabilities are seen and the struggles they go through. My 3 months in Africa were an unforgettable experience, which changed my life and I hope during my time there that I brought a positive impact on the young people I worked with!’’