Visiting student groups can be really inspiring...
I’m on my way back from visiting the newly named University of South Wales (formerly Glamorgan University), sitting on a train and reflecting about what has gone on today. I’ve done an awful lot of this this year (see Trains, tears and trafficking). I’ve been speaking to a group of students about human trafficking, its occurrence in the UK and my work with the West Midlands Regional Anti-Trafficking Network. This is not out of the ordinary, it is a workshop I have run many times before, but this evening it feels as if something special has happened.
The student body at the University of South Wales is possibly one of the most international I have ever come across. The evaluation forms people filled in at the end of my time indicate that there were individuals in this evening’s session hailing from India, Portugal, Israel and Latin America to name just a few locations. The variety did not end there, the chaplaincy at the University of South Wales is a multi-faith facility and so there were representatives of many faith groups in attendance. This diversity brought a huge richness to this evening’s discussion. Human trafficking occurs in nearly every country in the world. The fact that everyone approached the topic in hand from a different perspective, often literally a different location in the world, meant that the stories being shared, and the questions being asked truly reflected this global nature. I have come away buzzing with things I need to look up and questions that I need to answer.
More than this though, the passion for change among the group this evening re-reminded me that there are individuals all over the world that want to change the world for the better. Caught up in the day to day tasks of my current work, it can sometimes seem hard to see where the small steps I am trying to make are leading. Evenings like this evening help to change this, giving me hope that we can make a difference and that, one day, we might find ourselves in a world where injustice is a thing of the past.
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Want to find out more about the Faith in Action Project? Want to hear from speakers engaged in anti-trafficking work in the UK? Want to find out how we can help destitute asylum seekers? Want to meet students who are passionate about faith and social justice? Why not come to 'Life to the Full...Putting Faith into Action'? Find out more on the event's page.Tags: traffickinginspirationchange the world