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Pete is our Church and Community Engagement Officer. He is goes out to schools, churches and other groups, speaking about Habitat's work and getting the public involved! Learn about his work below.

undefinedHow long have you worked for Habitat?

Since November 2015.

What did you do before Habitat? 

I was a Church Youth Worker in Belfast and Banbridge for 6 years before joining the staff team at Habitat. However I’ve been involved as a volunteer since 2006 when I travelled to Cape Town on a University Global Village team and was involved on some of the local volunteering projects whilst I was a youth worker.

What motivates you to work for Habitat?

Right from my very first day as a volunteer in 2006 to being a staff member I have the privilege of seeing the work first hand that Habitat does both here in Northern Ireland and globally, I love seeing God at work everyday through the faithful commitment of many staff, volunteers and supporters as we seek to put God’s love into action in order to have a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love meeting people and hearing how they have got involved in Habitat and telling new people how they can join us in our mission and get involved too!

So far, what has been your highlight?

Hard to choose – one particular highlight that stands out was after delivering a workshop about Habitat’s work to a group of 7-8 year old, one of the children came up to me with all the change she had and she said "Please give that to Habitat to help people have safer homes". That really impacted me the beauty of that small act of that little girl.

What challenges you?

The sheer need we consistently face in our work – with more than 1.6 billion people living in poverty housing and an ever growing number due to urbanisation, natural disasters as well as people being displaced from their homes due to conflict, strife and lack of opportunities.

What would you say to someone who is considering getting involved?

Do it! You’ll not regret getting involved and there is a role for everyone at Habitat – it’s such a joy to be part of the life changing work; whether through volunteering, donating, supporting or praying for our work.

You can get your school or church involved with Habitat!

Click here for more information on faith engagement, click here to get your school involved or email us now for more information!

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