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Abdi Riyale

I am a health and wellbeing worker for MAAN - Somali Mental Health Sheffield. Having a BA in Psychology encouraged me to join MAAN in 2015. I also have an MS degree in Philosophy from Bucharest University in Romania.

I have worked in social housing, for example at the Refugee Housing Association, in various capacities and roles for 18 years. This long-term work gave me the opportunity to work in many cities across the UK, including Manchester, Leicester and Sheffield. During these years I spent a lot of time working with asylum seekers and refugees. This gave me more of an insight into the needs of refugees, despite being a refugee myself.