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Sinem Cakir

Sinem Cakir

Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2013

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Sinem Cakir is CEO of MAC-UK, an organisation that aims to transform mental health service delivery for excluded young people. Part of her role will include a secondment to The Integrate Movement (TIM), MAC-UK's sister social enterprise, to further integrate both the organisations and their models of intervention.

A specialist (in youth and social justice) Clore Social Fellow, Sinem is committed to working with young people to remove roadblocks so that they can get on and thrive. She recently held the position of Director of Youth Participation at The Integrate Movement, building on her work as a Service Change Lead at MAC-UK’s former Mini MAC project. In recent years, Sinem has made it her business to ensure that work and leadership is fun, and hopes to bring this ethos to her role as CEO of TIM and MAC-UK.

Sinem also Chairs the Spark Inside Board of Trustees’ Programme Committee, supporting their prison based life coaching programme to achieve the highest possible standard. She has worked for the City of London, assisting in leading and managing community engagement initiatives for seven green spaces across London, and also built an award-winning social change initiative (Tendring District Council, 2008) whilst working with Nacro to engage at-risk young people in projects that would support them to succeed.

She is passionate about the power of volunteers to achieve social change and has herself volunteered in many roles: as ChildLine’s youngest telephone counsellor; as an instructor at the Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy; as a fundraiser by shaving her head for the Youth Cancer Trust; as a football coach in Zambia to promote HIV awareness with TackleAfrica during the 2010 FIFA World Cup; and as a specialist Games Maker at London 2012.

Read Sinem's Fellowship research, Tweesearch: Listening to time-givers. A real time insight into the future implications for volunteering.

Twitter: @tellsinem
Personal website/ blog: tellsinem.wordpress.com

Current principal role: CEO
Current principal organisation: MAC-UK
Other leadership role 1: Chair of Programme Committee and Board Fellow
Other organisation 1: Spark Inside
Other leadership role 2: Thinking Environment Coach
Other organisation 2: Time to Think

Research: Tweesearch: Listening to time-givers on Twitter. A real-time insight into the future implications for volunteering
Secondment host: The Sported Foundation

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