My current role within CFLM is to support the delivery agreed elements of assessment, monitoring and reporting aspects of Community Philanthropy Strategy and Growth Plans. Through the administration of funds and programmes against their criteria from the submission of applications, through the processing of applications, due diligence and assessment processes. Working with the rest of the programmes team to enable Programmes Managers to facilitate and advise on community philanthropy for our growing number of donor advised funds as well as select programmes engaging with the community and voluntary sector. Along with general administration duties and effective database management.
Alongside this role, I have also adopted the roles of Executive Biscuit Buyer and Tea/Coffee Making Manager.
Although my professional career is only in its infancy, my professional journey started twelve years ago with having spent the past twelve years in a voluntary capacity within the voluntary sector. Becoming a part of the furniture within my local Youth and Community Centre (LYCC) where in 2012 I became a Trustee / Director. During this time I have been an active member of the community, volunteering my time with other local community organisation and also being employed through the L21 Community Network. Dedicating my time and efforts seeking to empower and enable local people to make positive changes in their community, providing engagement opportunities, reducing social isolation and identifying further needs and social issues.
In July 2016, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Combined) Criminology and Social Policy. The three years of study opened my eyes to a vast array of social issues locally, nationally and worldwide, that gave me the drive I needed to further my studies to narrow my skill base. I wanted to push myself a little further and enhance my knowledge and skills in a topic close to my heart and a passion. Therefore I applied for a Masters and I am due to graduate in January 2019 as a Master of Arts in Youth and Community Work.
Both in a professional and personal capacity, I have a passion and interest in empowering individuals and community members this has been reflected through both my voluntary positions and career choices. Confucius says that if you ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life’ – I believe to be fortunate enough that the career choices I have made enables this quote to be my way of life.
When I’m not laughing at my own jokes, making terrible puns or putting the kettle on, I am a keen football fan, being a proud part of the Red Side of Merseyside. A Liverpool FC fan through and through - where my dedication and patience is tested on a yearly and seasonally basis. In the rest of my spare time (whatever that is) I am partial to a good book, a TV Box Set, city breaks and attending gigs/concerts – I am a lover of live music!