Paul’s story..

Last week, Paul returned to TLC. He had been a regular volunteer with us, and, before heading to Manchester to start university (go Paul!) he came in to say goodbye. I was touched; he had been such a great member of the team and had missed him. What I didn’t realise was how much he had got out of working with us. After our goodbye chat, I asked him to write sometime for the blog, so here it is; unedited and from Paul’s heart. Thank you Paul for all you gave us, and I’m so pleased you got something I return! Good luck at uni and please come visit us again if/ when you’re ever back over this side of the Pennines…

Hi, everyone! Let me just have a quick word about the cafe and how it has helped me over the course of this year.First of all, my name is Paul.I come from one of the most coldest country in the world-Russia.As I arrived at the UK,I felt homesick in the first place due to the fact that Leeds is a diverse city, lots of people from different countries each with their own traditions ,food and customs…it was a challenge.However ,I happened on the TLC CAFE within some time and found this place very comfortable and friendly.As a matter of fact ,the cafe is a great place to make friends ,especially when you are new to the country as the staff and visitors are always welcome to give you a piece of advice and support you.I started volunteering there later on and ,undoubtedly, it was a great experience of teamwork.I would recommend everyone visiting place and tell your friends to bring more people.The bigger the cafe, the stronger we are as a community!

published by Anna Dyson
Founder and Director of ToastLoveCoffee. CEO of Dyson family, Roundhay (Leeds) branch which involves a huge array of skills impossible to imagine or articulate! Formerly, Jewish educator and community professional.
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