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.