In our final #AdviceAtHome blog Chloe, our newest Trustee Board Member, talks about her experiences of growing up and living in Haringey, volunteering and joining our board of trustees at the age of 23. I’m 23 and grew up in Tottenham. My passion for supporting community causes began in 2015, where I volunteered in Senegal for three months. We were focused on providing health information sessions, as well as supporting children’s learning and recreational activities. In 2016, I represented the UK at the J7 Summit in Japan, where I discussed climate issues and contributed to a unified document to be presented to Prime Minister Abe. After graduating in 2018 with a 2.1 in B.A Digital Culture and Communications from The University of Essex, I continued my work within the charity sector – particularly with mental health, employment support and hospice care charities. Currently I work with a mental health charity, supporting their fundraising and a local charity in Tottenham, supporting their youth projects.
This is my first experience as a Trustee and I’m honestly loving it so far. I feel valued and supported by my fantastic fellow board members. I have a strong interest in supporting local community causes because I see so much potential in the people of Haringey. Like many people, this year has been challenging – I am currently living in temporary accommodation and am using my time here to develop closer connections with my community and have changed my career to be closer aligned with my passions (project work and helping disadvantaged communities).
So far, I’m having exciting conversations with staff at all levels of the organisation to gain a better understanding of the way the organisation works and how I can best support it. Increasing our engagement with young people is a really exciting project and I’m eager to be involved in discussions on extending our reach.
Citizens’ Advice does fantastic work in the community and I can see the potential to utilise my current experience and skills, as well as learn more about what they do. This year has been so challenging for many people and CAH has been there to support, guide and advise our community in the best way they can. I’m looking forward to participating in more events and discussions as lockdown restrictions slowly ease.
I’m very fortunate to be joining CAH at such a transformative and exciting time. This past year has shown how adaptive and committed the staff really are – It will be a real pleasure working with such a positive bunch of people. If you are interested in joining our team either as paid staff or as a volunteer head over to https://www.haringeycabx.org.uk/work-for-us to explore the available opportunities.