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Meet Gareth and Yasmeen 

Article by:  
Rose Adderley  
Marketing & Communications Assistant | ACH Bristol w/ Gareth and Yasmeen 
Gareth Bale 
What did you do before coming to ACH? 
I have come from Cornwall having lived and worked there all my adult life. I have worked for about 18 months as a Support Worker and before this I worked in employer responsive training. I’ve been in this field for about 10 years and have worked on many programmes after completing my Bachelors Degree in Fine Art. 
 
Why did you decide to come to ACH? 
I decided that I wanted to help make a greater difference to people and as I have experience of supporting people into employment this was the perfect role. Creating opportunities that are both social and vocational is such an important of this job. After reading about ACH and meeting people that work here I decided that I wanted to contribute to the journey and to do whatever I can to build on the achievements so far. 
 
What project are you working on for us? 
I am working on the WEC/CEIAG Career support contract. This involves working to provide impartial careers support and advice to achieve short and long-term career goals. 
 
What is it that you want to achieve? 
I would like to enable people to achieve their own career goals and if required empower them to have the skills and confidence to continue to progress and achieve to live fulfilled lives they can be proud of. 
 
What are you hoping to gain from ACH? 
I hope I can become a successful role model and make a positive different to as many people as possible. 
 
What is your proudest moment in your career? 
Supporting people to approach employers and achieve well paid positions in areas that meet their needs. I was especially proud to meet people outside of work after achieving their apprenticeships and to hear how their work had made such a positive impact on all aspects of their lives. 
Yasmeen Shaeik 
What did you do before coming to ACH? 
I graduated from the University of the West of England in English Literature back in July 2017. I then chose to volunteer and teach English in Morocco for 3 months, before coming to work for ACH through their internship programme organised with UWE. 
 
Why did you decide to come to ACH? 
I loved the ethos of the company, and what they stood for. I myself am passionate in advocating for refugees and those who need help in the community, and ACH allows me to do that. 
 
What project are you working on for us? 
I am currently working on a number of blogs and articles that will appear in the ACH newsletter. Having just started this internship, I’m sure there will be a number of projects I’ll be getting involved in, especially marketing around the #rethinkingrefugee campaign. 
 
What is it that you want to achieve? 
I want to raise awareness for people within the community and advocate for their needs, and I hope to achieve that through my writing. 
 
What are you hoping to gain from ACH? 
I hope to gain a better understanding of what is happening within our communities, and how we can all work together to resolve it. I also hope to better my writing, and gain some invaluable experience in the field of marketing. 
 
What is your proudest moment in your career? 
It is definitely being offered this internship, I hope it is the beginning of a long career working in this field. 
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