Maria is a 25-year-old nurse who volunteers at our clinic in London, where we work with vulnerable groups including asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, victims of trafficking, and homeless people.

“I’ve always felt that it’s important to do something to help others. It doesn’t have to be something big – small things can make a big difference,” says Maria.

Many of Maria’s patients at our clinic are pregnant women who are not accessing NHS antenatal care, even though they have a right to do so. These women have often been wrongly turned away from their GP or fear being sent huge bills they can’t pay.

Last month, Maria saw also a woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo who had been raped and fled the country. The woman had ended up in London and a local religious organisation was providing her with accommodation but could only do so until the middle of the summer – after that, she had no plan.

“There’s so much happening to people in London that you just don’t know about," says Maria. “At this clinic, you work closely with the caseworkers so you get a wider picture of the patients’ situations and social needs. It's very different to my hospital work and it’s useful to have these different experiences.”