What do you do at Become? My job is to focus on the campaigns that Become launch and run, as we well as working with Henri, the Participation Officer, to support and enable young people to inform, influence and lead our work. This is a great combination as it means that young people will influence and work with us on our campaigns to deliver change for the future of care.
Can you say a bit about your past experiences and qualifications?I worked at The Children’s Society for over 16 years, whilst I was there, I was a development worker for the young carers work, focussing on children’s social care and youth offending teams. I then worked in the Youth Engagement team, spending my time working with young people across England hearing about what matters to them in their lives and advocating for change. Most recently I worked at the Independent Review of Childrens Social Care, I learned a lot and was humbled listening to the care experienced community share their experiences, hopes and ideas for the future of care. I’m also a trustee of a local youth work organisation supporting young people with additional needs into volunteering.
What do you like about working at Become? I’m new to the team, but I’m excited to be part of an amazing team, I’ve seen the excellent work that Become has done with care experienced young people and I’m looking forward to contribute to that.
What drives you? I like challenges and working as a team to overcome them, I’m driven to challenge injustice and disadvantage that young people face.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? When I’m not working I enjoy seeing friends and family – I love a walk somewhere beautiful like the beach or countryside. I love doing aerial hoop and stand up paddleboarding (not at the same time), when I’m doing either of these I can switch off and enjoy the moment.