I joined the Time to Shine programme in November 2018. My role in the team is to make sure we communicate effectively about Time to Shine, especially about the learning from the programme and how to leave the best possible legacy for the future.
I’m driven by a sense of social justice in whatever field. I’ve worked in the voluntary sector in Leeds since the 1980s, particularly in mental health, work with older people and with volunteers, most recently doing communications at Bramley Elderly Action. In my spare time I do plenty of cooking, play badminton and play the ukulele (badly!) in Music From the Attic.
Leeds Older People’s Forum Chief Executive Officer
I joined LOPF in 2009 as a Development Officer and have been involved in many exciting projects working with and for older people in Leeds. I am privileged to have worked with the LOPF Board, members and (then a much smaller) staff team on the bid and project development. All that planning is now coming to life in the form of a variety of different projects across the city. I am responsible for the governance of Time to Shine and ensuring it has a broader, long term impact.
I joined the organisation from the environment sector where I worked training staff and volunteers in all sorts of things, from tree planting to time management. The thing I have always enjoyed about my work is spotting patterns and making sure people get together to share information, and that is what this job is all about.
I help Time to Shine delivery partners share information locally, and with the other National Ageing Better programmes, and then trying to ensure we share that information with other older people’s groups in Leeds to help them do a better job.
In my spare time I am growing my children, and apples, and trying to live a sustainable life in the city.
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
I joined the Time to Shine team in 2015 and since then I've really enjoyed working across the city, meeting amazing people and monitoring and evaluating a diverse range of creative and innovative older people's projects. Research is a big part of the Time to Shine programme so part of my role involves linking the work of delivery partners and the ideas, feelings and experiences of older beneficiaries into the local and national evaluations of the programme. Our intention is to learn about what works, and what doesn't work, to improve social connections and reduce feelings of loneliness in older people in Leeds.
Project Manager (job share)
I am very excited and privileged to work within the Time to Shine project as Programme Manager. Working closely with Rachel Kouvinen we take overall responsibility for commissioning services and the day to day management of the project. I have always enjoyed working with older people and over the last 12 years have worked in a range of roles from developing befriending services to managing city wide projects at Feel Good Factor.
I am a proud northerner, originally from Durham but Leeds definitely feels like home. When I’m not running around after an energetic toddler I like to catch up with my sleep and a bit of knitting.
My job is to support my colleagues with their work and I aim to develop and keep admin systems working effectively. The Time to Shine programme involves amazing delivery partners, staff and volunteers and is always interesting and inspiring.
I've worked as a self-builder, in import and export, in the arts and in the charitable sector so bring a varied perspective to my work. I'm a member of Leeds Hackspace, a workshop space for people who like making things, are curious about how stuff works, or would like to learn new skills. I'm also part of a group called Lifehacks for Limited Futures, looking at how we can self-organise for happiness and wellbeing in later life.