Reflections from our social work students

At the Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support, we are very fortunate to work with students on their university placements as well as the fantastic volunteers who support us. Sara and Aimee are both social work students at University of Plymouth and have been working with us for several months between 2022-2023. They will be completing their time with us this month and although we are sad to see them leave, we want to say a huge thank you to them for their strong support and we wish them all the best for the remainder of their training. They have kindly shared some of their reflections with us from their time working here:


This placement provided me with invaluable experience, and how much of it can be transferred to social work. During my placement with DCRS I was able to gain a deeper understanding of how hostile the UK asylum system is. The experience of seeing first-hand the challenges faced by service users will certainly have an impact on my personal and professional life. Having the opportunity to challenge myself every day has given me a huge amount of confidence in my own abilities, and the team has been extremely supportive of my learning process and has carefully explained everything to me. I will definitely miss DCRS and all of its staff, volunteers, and service users.” (Sara, Social Work Student at the University of Plymouth)


I have been part of well-being activities such as photography, cycling, basketball and assisting with caseworkers at Drop-in and general office work. The Photo Club highlighted to me the importance of community, trauma-informed care, support for holistic well-being and advocacy. I have learnt a lot since being at DCRS, everyone is supportive, and I will miss it when I leave.” (Aimee, Social Work Student at the University of Plymouth)


Thank you, Sara and Aimee, and best of luck with your studies!

From the DCRS Team