COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

I am passionate about working with and in community projects that seek to celebrate people’s skills and abilities, their sense of confidence and connection for better relationships and interdependence.

Spending four years in charity fundraising and realising I wanted to work in a role where I could use my skills to support people directly, I turned my focus to homelessness in 2014 when I began working as a deputy manager at St Mungo’s.

Initially I worked in London in a Recovery College, which celebrated people’s strengths and abilities as a way of creating positive changes in rebuilding their lives. I also worked as a Client Involvement and Inclusion coordinator, gaining five years experience in strategic development and implementation of co-production, equality, diversity and inclusion policies and ways of working, support networks for staff, working with lived experience groups and co-production in delivery of services, coordinating in North London and working in partnership with Bristol and Brighton directorates.
Alongside I volunteered at the North London YMCA teaching yoga, running music, games and artistic expression groups and helping in the garden.

Since 2021 I have been the London Manager for the Choir with No Name: a charity that supports around 70 people in the city with experience of homelessness and marginalisation to come together and sing every week. I manage a team of twenty five volunteers, who cook a hot meal at each rehearsal, and manage all gig bookings, workshops, rehearsals, fundraising and project management of events, as well as pastoral support and sign-posting for members.

Key highlights:

  • Running a weekly women’s group for women experiencing homelessness for 4 years and supporting a member of the group to become the facilitator through training
  • Training over thirty people with lived experience of homelessness to become qualified peer facilitators, to volunteer and contribute to their community in London
  • Delivering forums for staff networks and six festivals for St Mungo’s at Conway Hall and Cecil Sharp House in London
  • Facilitating conversations and dialogue between senior management and leadership team and people using St Mungo’s services
  • Teaching a trauma-informed yoga class for Solace Women’s Aid advice line team since 2018, and with service users since 2021
  • Speaking on Women’s Recovery at a conference in 2018, focused on ‘Women experiencing Homelessness’ in partnership with Jakodoma, in Prague, sponsored by the European Social Fund
  • Supervising social work students from universities in the UK, Denmark, Sweden and the USA
  • Organising singing workshops at St Mungo’s, Look Ahead, Single Homelessness Project, The Passage, Connection at St Martin in the Fields, Refugee Council, and Westminster libraries
  • Project management of choir performances at Cadogan Hall, The Southbank Centre, International Street Medical Symposium held in London 2023, Shelter’s Christmas Carol Concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square and the Tate Modern

I have co-designed and co-delivered training in the following areas:

  • healthy relationships, assertiveness and boundaries
  • unconscious bias
  • trauma-informed ways of working
  • peer support and facilitation
  • self-esteem and confidence
  • meaningful consultation working with people with lived experience of homelessness and related marginalisation coproduction
  • accessible music and movement