Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile – Surviving violence, creating hope, rebuilding lives


Paul John Barry

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Casework Advocate

A few words about me

Growing up in Northern Ireland in the shadow of The Troubles is something which has deeply informed my sense of the world and equipped me with a drive for justice and solidarity. My studies were in languages and cinema, but over time I found myself drawn to this work and I have been in the sector for over six years now. In my spare time, I still enjoy watching movies!

What does your role at Baobab involve?

Working with the Casework Team, my job is to provide holistic support for our young people at every step in their journey. This can vary depending on the needs of each person, but typically I mostly assist with asylum and housing issues, access to benefits, support with healthcare arrangements and signposting to other relevant agencies. I also advocate for our young people to ensure that they receive appropriate and proper care and treatment.

What is your desert island book or music?

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

What 3 words would you use to describe Baobab?

Safe. Nurturing. Transformative.