Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2011
The Paul Hamlyn Fellowship for an aspiring leader working in an organisation committed to securing social change for marginalised individuals and communities.
Update October 2012
I have finished my three month secondment with ZEST, a charity working in the area of self-harm and suicide prevention. During my secondment, I worked alongside a fantastic team of people where I gained an insight into the relationship between policy, strategic planning and organisational development. My knowledge of financial management has improved considerably, as has my understanding of how small organisations can achieve significant success by working in partnership with other like-minded organisations.
My mentoring sessions are coming to an end and I have benefited considerably from the help and support of an expert in the area of social care. I have met some amazing people who have lent their support and helped me get the issue of kinship care into the political arena.
My research will be a report and a series of opinion pieces on kinship care. The opinion pieces come from individuals and organisations working in the area. I intend launching my research at the end of November.
My Fellowship has been an amazing experience and I feel privileged at the opportunities afforded to me as a Clore Social Fellow. The people I have met, the training I have received and the work I have undertaken has been fantastic. I have grown in confidence and loved every minute of it.
Current principal role: CEO
Current principal organisation: Kinship Care NI
Research: We are family: Key messages for Kinship Care in Northern Ireland
Research topics: Care; Children and families; Health and well-being;
Secondment host: Zest Healing the Hurt