Visit from Médecins Sans Frontières

Visit from Médecins Sans Frontières

Recently we were thrilled to welcome Flowa Houldsworth a volunteer with Medecines sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) to deliver a talk to our residents at Ashley Court, our Devon residential centre for young people who have experienced homelessness and unemployment.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organisation best known for its projects in conflict zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases. Their medical teams work all over the world responding to conflict, natural disasters and epidemics saving people’s lives.

Flowa delivered a photographic presentation about MSF’s coordinated response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa in 2013-16. Her talk included memories of her own experiences of working there as a nurse and midwife in 2014. She even bought a full protective Ebola Suit like the ones worn by medics while caring for patients.

Rebecca Fry, Fundraising Manager at Ashley Court, said “an important part of Amber’s development programme is offering our young residents new experiences and a chance to expand their horizons. This is why we invite speakers in from all walks of life to deliver inspirational talks about their jobs, experiences and personal battles. Flowa’s talk was really engaging- we’re very grateful she came.”

Flowa said “I really enjoyed meeting Amber’s current residents. They asked very interesting questions about the protective clothing worn by the MSF team to prevent the spread of infection. They shared their feelings on the devastation and grief suffered by Liberian families. We all found the experience very moving.”

We are always on the lookout for speakers to support our programme. If you are interested in coming to speak to our residents please contact Rebecca on email or 01769 582020.