I’m 43, and was born and raised in Bradford South. Throughout my lifetime in Bradford, I’ve witnessed at first hand, barriers of illiteracy and unemployment, leading to poverty and lower life expectancy. I’m passionate about supporting the vulnerable within society and find it extremely rewarding when I see people’s lives being transformed and indeed aspirations raised by their health and social needs being met.
Since adolescence to the present day I’ve continued to be actively involved and committed to youth, community, charity and voluntary work. I’m a qualified social worker, who has 7 years employed experience working as a Child Protection social worker for BMDC, until resigning in 2017. Currently I’m working full time for The Ministry of Justice, whilst continuing to regularly undertake voluntary work for many local and national and international charities. I also have an interest in local, regional, national and international politics, for example in 2016 I was the EU Referendum Officer for my parliamentary constituency.
My favourite leisure activities involve various types of physical fitness and dancing. For example, last year I successfully complete the standard distance ITU World Triathlon for Bloodwise (Blood Cancer), and the Prudential Ride London 100, for Children with Cancer. This year, training to compete a long distance run & swimming marathon for the charity Womankind Worldwide, in memory of my late mother.
My involvements and commitments over the years have brought me into contact with a wide range of people from a variety of backgrounds, for which I feel privileged. Having friends, colleagues and service users of all ages and backgrounds, on a local, national or international level enables me to gain a fuller understanding of positive social interaction within a transient and multi-cultural society, such as Bradford. This in turn offers me a deeper and specialist insight into social problems and possible solutions, which later led to me being selected to be a member of the Believing in Bradford Team of Ambassadors in 2017.