Ingrid Esteve Martin, born in Valencia, Spain

Ingrid Esteve Martin, born in Valencia, Spain

Ingrid Esteve Martin is Spanish. She came to Barnstaple in 2015, moving to North Devon from Portsmouth for a fresh start. She lives with her two children and is in the process of establishing her own graphic design company. Being both a volunteer and sharing her story...

Gail Hickman

Gail Hickman

Gail Hickman describes herself as "a cultural mongrel", with Irish, English, Scottish and Viking heritage. She was born and lived most of her life in South Africa, and is an honorary Zulu. At age 50 she decided to move to England to escape the violence in her...

Khaled Alomar, young Syrian

Khaled Alomar, young Syrian

Khaled is Syrian, and 15 years old. He came to Bideford with his family about 3 years ago. Khaled was keen to share his experiences of living here because he and his family now feel safe and enjoy living in Bideford. An important tradition for Khaled and his wider...

Emily Linh Hamilton

Emily Linh Hamilton

Emily is Vietnamese. She met her husband in Vietnam whilst running a successful beauty business. They have been married for 16 years and have a son. The couple moved to Holsworthy as her husband wanted to look after his mother. Coming from a city to a small village...

Jaz Rogers

Jaz Rogers

Jaz Rogers is a 25 year old graffiti and street artist, who has lived in Bideford all his life. His parents came from Hertfordshire to North Devon around twenty years before Jaz was born. Jaz’s mother is White British and his father is from St Kitts. Jaz believes he...

Nataliya Vanstone, born in the USSR, British-Ukrainian

Nataliya Vanstone, born in the USSR, British-Ukrainian

Nataliya is from Western Ukraine. She is 41 and has been living in the Bideford area for about 18 years. She is lecturer in Health Studies at Petroc. Nataliya is married and has two teenage sons. “To feel that ‘belonging’, you need other people around you to give that...

Rose Young-French, British-Jamaican

Rose Young-French, British-Jamaican

Rose came to North Devon 5 years ago. Rose was born in this country, but she also has Jamaican heritage: her parents came to Britain in the 1950s. Rose has fond memories of her journey growing up in a Jamaican household, which influenced her upbringing, life and...