My name is Ció and I have always worked as a dressmaker. I got to know Arrels seven years ago because my daughter worked there as a social educator. I then started helping Rocio building up some attrezzo for a theatre play, but I never got into much contact with the users.
I later became a member of Arrels and I would always speak about the organisation to other people telling them that unfortunately they did not need to go very far to help other people, that in Barcelona there were plenty of homeless people that were in serious need. This year, since I had some spare time, I wanted to help people and my daughter suggested I should become a volunteer. Then I met Arrels’ volunteering coordinator and told me about the different options. After four weeks in the open centre – pure adrenaline – they suggested I should join the team of volunteers at the Llar. I have felt comfortable since day one. There is a great team of people and we work as if we had known each other for a long time. My work on Friday consists of helping the choice and marking of clothing for the residents, and I also spend some time speaking to them. We also have a news workshop in which we comment and give our opinion on the daily news. The attendance is never the same, some days more and some days fewer people come up. We might even play some boardgames. I have discovered that by wanting to give my time away, I am receiving so much in exchange. More than I could have ever imagined.