For several years, Asha has welcomed four second year medical students on a community placement for a minimum of 22 hours. Starting with an induction about Asha’s services, policies and procedures the students meet with newcomers to our country and to Stoke and hear something of what they have endured to get here. This year all four students were from, what we call, ethnic communities. So, they blended in perfectly with the ASHA client group!
One of the students was himself an asylum seeker who came to Britain in 2008. Since then he has graduated and is studying medicine. Being a graduate, he is unable to get a student loan and he has a part-time job to support himself and he also manages to send some help to his family back home. He is what might be rightly called, a busy, inspirational person and a real bonus to his adopted country.
We hope that these community placements will continue to be of mutual help to both students and ASHA.