In a previous life I had my own restaurants, both in England and abroad. More latterly I had a dance studio.
I then started work as a youth & community worker and obtained my a BA (hons) Degree from St Martins College Lancaster at the grand old age of 50. I now have 30 years experience of working with children, young people and families in Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre.
I managed the Millennium Volunteers Programme for 8 years, setting it up from a standing start when it was first introduced to Blackpool in July 2000. Previously I had worked at the Tate Gallery Liverpool as their Community Curator working with disadvantaged groups across Merseyside. I undertook research, and delivered high quality community and training events. These ranged from talks and workshops to conferences and symposia for Tate Liverpool visitors, as well as Community Exhibitions in collaboration with the communities I had worked with.
After I gained my teaching qualification I delivered Community Development training and Youth Work training for Blackpool and Fylde College. I am a volunteer myself with My Town Tiggers a local charity that supports children and young people with autism. I am also a Trustee of the Claremont First Step Centre Blackpool, Streetlife Homeless Charity Blackpool & Trustee Blackpool Council for Voluntary Youth Services.