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Suzy Barber (She/Her) 

Press and Media Officer

What do you do at Become?

 I am the Press and Media Officer. It’s my job to share the work we do with different audiences and respond to media requests from the press.  

Can you say a bit about your past experience and qualifications?

I worked on consumer and newsstand magazines and newspapers for many years, began volunteering for the children’s education movement Woodcraft Folk and with the skills I learned through that moved to the charity sector, doing communications and fundraising.

What do you like about working at Become? 

I am very proud to be working for an organisation that is trying to change the children’s social care system, to make going into care a positive experience for every child who can no longer live with their birth family 

What drives you? 

The belief that I can make a difference to the lives of care-experienced young people, who have endured real trauma as children and then receive little to no support after they’re 18. Anyone who’s been in care should be very proud of anything they achieve, with such a difficult start in life. 

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I enjoy cooking, gardening, outdoor swimming, walking our dog Reg and sailing our Dutch steel river cruiser we keep in Ely. I also mentor a fantastic young care leaver with two gorgeous daughters through a scheme called Grandmentors, which matches people aged 50+ with a young care leaver.