Caroline joined us in February 2019 as a member of our Board and we are so lucky to have her!
1. Tell us about yourself
I’m a mum to two grown ups and three pups and work as a university social work lecturer and researcher. I’ve discovered running in my 40s and spend way too long on social media.
2. What made you join us as a Trustee at YMCA Essex?
It might sound cheesy but I wanted to do something to help young people. As a lecturer, I am that bit further from practice and while I am still a registered social worker, I work with students who are learning in the community. I had worked with YMCA Essex in my time in youth work and supported student social workers on placement in the Y.
3. What are you really passionate about?
I am passionate about social justice and activism. I see volunteering in all forms as a way of doing my bit to add to the whole. Children are often the most vulnerable in society so having YMCA Essex working across the county and tapping in nationally to campaigns and research is important to me.
4. What are some of your favourite memories of your time with us?
Many, many! Sitting bursting with pride at the Awards Evening hearing how perhaps the small things YMCA Essex staff did to support young people make such a big difference to their lives. Being listened to, experiencing kindness – unconditionally, being supported with boundaries and hopes for their future – it was a privilege to sit in the audience and know between us all we make such a difference. That and seeing the passion for social justice action in social work students seeing youth homelessness in all its ugliness by fundraising for the SleepEasy campaign.
5. What are you looking forward to next?
Looking forward, I see YMCA Essex playing a significant role in supporting children, young people and their families through crisis. What I look forward to hearing about is the comradery and kindness staff at the Y bring to all they do. It is a true privilege to act as trustee. It has been a learning curve in it being my first time as a trustee but goodness me it has been incredible.
You can see our full interview with Caroline shortly!
Interviewed on Friday 15 May 2020