David Emmanuel Koye

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I came from Sierra Leone to England to study boat building at Falmouth technical college. Later on I studied at Southampton and Wisbech then I went back to Sierra Leone. I returned to England a few years later to complete my final certificate in Yacht and Boat building at Yarmouth. When I completed the course I couldn’t go home because there was a civil war going on in Sierra Leone and so I asked for asylum.

After a few years I was granted asylum and I got a job at the boat building yard in Bridlington, at first they gave me really horrible jobs but gradually I became a key part of the team. I was always a good worker and had higher qualifications than the other workers.

I praise god for looking after me and know that because we are all god’s creatures that everywhere is home.

Photos and interview © Quentin Budworth

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Anne Dean

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I retired to Beverley from Derbyshire eleven years ago to give myself a treat. Although I was happy there I was a bit restless and then I heard about Open Doors and started coming in weekly for the morning and after a few months I decided I wanted to live in this community where I could meet the people I saw on Thursdays in the normal course of life in the street.

I sold my house in Beverley quite successfully and was able to buy a slightly bigger house split into two flats to let upstairs one at a time or a couple at a time to asylum seekers and I’m now having my seventh tenant from the Congo and it has all worked out very happily and so I can come to Open Doors just walking up the road and I wouldn’t have not done it for anything.

Photos and interview © Quentin Budworth

Jean Rippon

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Artist Jean Rippon volunteers at Open Doors and is one of the key workers on the allotments which make a vital contribution to the organisation. Her work is featured in the background of Saeid Jameli’s portrait.

Photos and interview © Quentin Budworth