I’ve been involved in many different voluntary activities including editor and/or publisher of numerous newsletters, secretary and chair of committees at local and national level.
One of my most recent roles was Director and chair of committee meetings of Bournemouth Festival of Words, a non-profit company limited by guarantee which aimed to promote access to books, words and literature for communities across the conurbation. I have also been a volunteer supporting ESOL learners in Poole. I’m currently a Culture Volunteer with the Borough of Poole.
I’m committed to a more sustainable lifestyle, preferring to cycle and walk rather than jump in the car. I also fervently recycle waste from home and do all I can to support the projects of Ideas2Action.
I have worked in the voluntary sector since 1990, working with a variety of people including: disabled people, homeless people and ex-offenders. For the past 20 years I have worked in a management role, as a result I have developed skills and experience in managing people, supporting volunteers, partnership work, financial management, governance issues and organisational and community development.
In my current role I manage Poole Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), a registered charity which supports other charities and voluntary groups in their work.
I am very excited about being a trustee for Ideas2Action; the community needs catalysts to help develop projects and this is what we aim to do. An organisation which helps people develop solutions to local needs is at the heart of what the voluntary sector should be about.
In addition to working at Poole CVS since 1999, I am also Chair and Vice Chair of the Poole Communities Trust and Poole CAB respectively and a Director of the Poole Well-being Collaborative.
Ever since I was a Brownie in the 1970’s helping to raise money in the local community, I’ve known how valuable it can be to take an active part in influencing the environment around you. You don’t have to have qualifications or special talents to want to make a difference – you just need a few hours a month and a will to make life better for everyone!
My main interests are in environmental protection, climate change and animal safety and preservation. I really enjoy up-cycling and re-purposing and I see these and recycling as simple but effective activities that everyone can do to make a positive contribution.
My previous volunteering experience is wide ranging and has included walking rescued dogs at Lincoln Farm, a local dog shelter; working backstage at a local singing competition called ‘Star Sensations’; litter picking at various locations around Dorset and I’m currently a regular volunteer at the fabulous ‘New to You’ recycling store in Cabot Lane, Poole!
I am really looking forward to supporting Ideas to Action and the local community with their existing projects, and hopefully help to identify even more ways to make genuine, sustainable changes for the future.
I look forward to meeting you!
I have many years’ experience of volunteering and paid work in the voluntary sector in the UK and New Zealand.
I am currently a trustee with Poole CVS and newsletter editor for our local neighbourhood watch. I also occasionally help out as a Culture Volunteer with the Borough of Poole. Once a year I run a not-for-profit event called Hear our Voices which showcases the writing talent of volunteers, service-users, carers and housebound people.
I love being the co-ordinator for Ideas2Action. We’ve come a long way since 2013 and I’m looking forward to us growing even further in the coming years.