Before coming to Oxford in 2018, Hussein Kara Ahmed worked in an embroidery factory in Turkey. Three years before that, he was living in Syria, preparing to study law at university, but was forced to leave the country.

Shortly after arriving in Oxford, a contact at a local community organisation suggested that he might like to get involved in Multaka-Oxford.

After eight months of volunteering, Hussein felt confident enough to apply for a job. Luckily, he is now employed part-time as a Visitor Services Assistant at the Ashmolean Museum.

Mr. Hussein saw how the project fostered a sense of intercultural understanding between those visiting the museums and those volunteering in them. He says: “People here respect my language, respect where I come from. They like to hear about different cultures, and that’s been very encouraging. It has really helped me to feel part of this community.”