I work closely with colleagues at JRF. We find ways to put evidence from our research into practice in our neighbourhoods. This includes building on our work on loneliness and dementia. We find ways for communities to become increasingly self-reliant, positive places for people throughout their lives.
Part of my job is to look after the Folk Hall and café in New Earswick. Working with its Manager, Jen Piggin, we are developing the Folk Hall as the hub of the village. A place where people of all ages can meet and take part in a wide range of activities. We opened a branch of the Post Office at the Folk Hall in January 2017. We are looking forward to welcoming the New Earswick branch of the public library, Explore, in 2018.
I am also responsible for JRHT’s resident involvement. I make sure that our residents are able to influence how we provide our housing services. I make sure our residents have a variety of ways they can contact us and get involved.
Do you have an idea for a project to improve your neighbourhood for local people? I can put you in touch with others who might share your ideas. I can also help you with practical advice and support to get your project off the ground. I can also help if you are already involved in a community group. You might feel you need some help with developing it to the next stage.
I love the mix of practical work at JRHT and our research at JRF. It’s the combination of being part of this two-sided organisation that drew me to this post. I most enjoy meeting an extraordinary range of people and working with them to bring their ideas to life. I am always amazed at the energy people have for the projects that matter to them. And at how much difference these can make to the wider community.
I’ve had a varied work life. I started out as a physiotherapist. I've worked with arts organisations and theatres. As the interface between the local council and its residents. I've been a lollipop lady and now, I'm working in a housing trust. All my work has been with people, often in the places where they live. Hopefully, helping them to lead as rich and fulfilled lives as they can.