What did you do before coming to ACH?
I have always been interested in the learning and development of adults, children and young people. Previously, I worked for two of Bristol’s leading learning providers for a span of two years. I have a background working with disadvantaged young people. I’ve been an active engagement partner with Bristol City Council’s Inter Faith programme and I’ve been involved with community and religious events in and around Bristol.
Why did you decide to come to ACH?
I decided to come to Ashley Community Housing as it was an opportunity to help the community I was part of and grew up with. Predominately based in Inner city areas, I felt that I could use my experience to connect and engage with the local community.
What project are you working on for us?
At present I am working on the National Careers Service which assists young adults to explore career options and further training. We are actively engaging in local community venues delivering this help and support. Although the demographic of people we support is not limited, we are particularly helping refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol with careers support, CV help and English skills.
What is it that you want to achieve?
As we know, the refugee and asylum seeker community are a difficult to reach community. This is because they themselves are unaware of the support services that are available to them. Our first aim is to inform this community and others that National Careers Service support is available to them. Once a platform is established we aim to partner up with employers to help gain secured employment for the local and wider community. Further to this, our main aspiration is to help as many young adults as possible into work, further training and employment.
What are you hoping to gain from ACH?
I would like to gain longevity and progression at Ashley housing, developing the company to new heights and ensuring we are supporting a wide and diverse range of people. I would like to work on other projects around educating professionals and educating staff on more cross-culture competence and support for their clients. I aim to achieve this by working collaboratively with ACH and continue to develop myself within the company.
What is your proudest moment in your career?
My proudest moment in my career was achieving my education and being able to use that education to help others. I feel every day is a proud moment, whether it’s helping someone into work or assisting in constructing a CV for someone who has just arrived in the country.