‘I was in my teens when I came to England from Montserrat, a little island in the Caribbean, in 1958, shortly after the so-called ‘Windrush’. My dad and many others came to work and settle here. It was winter and I wanted to go back home. I worked with several companies until I was made redundant from Metro-Cammell. A friend of mine, Landa Meade, asked if I could come along and help in the clothing department at BCM. I’ve been here for the last seven years and have enjoyed it very much.’
Jonathan married in 1962 and has 4 children. He volunteers 3 days a week at the Resource Centre, sorting clothes and serving customers. He goes to church in Aston and sings in a gospel choir.
Desmond also came from Montserrat 40 years later, due to the volcano eruption. A volunteer 3 days a week for 20 years, he works in the clothing department too. He has one son living here and 2 grandchildren. One granddaughter passed away last year. He attends St Francis Catholic Church in Handsworth.
‘I want to express my heart-felt gratitude to BCM for allowing me to become a volunteer. Once I was settled after I came to the UK, you gave me the chance to build an everlasting foundation and friendship with everyone at BCM, from management to workers and other volunteers, and not forgetting the less fortunate people coming into the Centre. I really appreciate everything you have done for me.’