The Bosnian Support Fund is built on the efforts of volunteers. Not only those who help run the charity and help with its fund-raising here in England, but also 'in the field' in the refugee centres themselves.
In 1993 a full-time volunteer was found to co-ordinate activities and Aid in the adopted refugee camp of Hrastnik. Bernard McMahon is retired and finances himself, through his pension, during his time in Slovenia. He worked and lived in Hrastnik refugee camp fo long periods from '93 - '98 and since then has been on regular trips to visit both the remaining refugees in Hrastnik and those that have returned to their homes in Bosnia. He has been, and continues to be, a great source of support for the refugees and returnees as well as providing financial help, medical supplies, food, clothes and other necessities.
During the summer of '93, the BSF also sent four young short-term volunteers to refugee centres in Slovenia. These students were chosen for their leadership qualities and their ability to adopt to situations quickly. The work they did during their two month stay in the camps included teaching English, working with the young children in nursery, organising events in the camps and support work with the elderly. After returning they used their experiences to help with fund raising.
Art therapist Booby Lloyd and artist Michael Anderson worked in the Hrastnik camp for a month in spring '94. They worked together with children traumatised during the war, helping them to express their fears and anxieties through different media.
A little girl building a shelter as part of a project with an art therapist sent by the BSF