Get to know our new Training, Support and Advice Coordinator, Tomasz Muszynski!
My name’s Tomasz and I’ve joined Reset as a Training, Support and Advice Coordinator. Since I can’t meet with any of you face-to-face yet, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself virtually.
I always say that I chose my home because I chose to move to the UK from Poland when I was 20 to study. Looking back on it, I didn’t put much thought into my decision to move here. I was young and didn’t realise it would be such a major life decision… But I think it’s clear that I made the right choice because it’s now a decade later and I’m still here! I’m currently living in London – I love how there’s always something new and interesting to do in the city.
I realised at university that I wanted to pursue a career where I could have a positive social impact. I knew that I couldn’t change the world, but I realised that I could work with people to improve their individual situations, and that gradually I could make a small but impactful difference that way. Shortly after graduating I began working for Single Homeless Project (SHP) and I continued to work there for 6 years. Most recently, my work at SHP focused on supporting refugees.
How I heard about Community Sponsorship
I came across Community Sponsorship while working for SHP. Some of the people in my team were involved in welcoming the first refugee family who arrived through Community Sponsorship back in 2016. I really like how this scheme gives pretty much anyone from anywhere in the country the opportunity to be part of a solution to the refugee crisis. It can often feel like it’s impossible to influence huge humanitarian crises like this, but through Community Sponsorship you can be directly involved in providing a solution.
As part of my role at SHP, I worked with a couple of Community Sponsorship Groups in London and I began to see how these Groups had brought their communities together and given them a purpose. I think having a purpose, beyond your own livelihood and your family’s livelihood, is so valuable. Feeling like you have something important to contribute can hugely impact your quality of life. I think I’ve been very lucky to have a career in which I could find purpose through my work and I think Community Sponsorship empowers more people to find a social purpose in their day-to-day.
Why I decided to apply to work at Reset
Since graduating from university, I’ve been working in frontline roles. These roles are hugely important, but I wanted to try something a bit different. I was keen to move to a role which was more focused on strategy. Supporting Reset’s development of training for volunteers all over the UK to welcome refugees felt like a really great way to move into strategic work while still contributing towards the aims that I had on the frontline.
In my new role at Reset, I’m most excited about working directly with all of you in our training sessions. I’m hoping that we won’t have to wait too long until it’s safe to start face-to-face training!
In my spare time…
In my spare time I’m a freelance video editor. I became interested in video editing after my grandparents gave me a video camera when I was 18. I began editing lots of wedding videos during my studies in Aberdeen. It was lovely to get to play a little part in a couple’s special day (although I wish people could be a bit more creative in their song choices as there are few songs that I’ve heard far too many times now…). Over time I moved to working on education videos and e-learning content. I’m still editing videos in my spare time and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to use this creative side in my work at Reset to help ensure that our training is interactive and engaging.
I’m looking forward to meeting you all at the earliest opportunity. Until then, my email is email@example.com. Please get in touch!
Get to know our new Training, Support and Advice Coordinator, Tomasz Muszynski! is also published in Reset UK on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.