I have worked in Community Development and Public Health for over 20 years, and started working for SAVTE at the beginning of 2018 and I can safely say that this is my best job ever. I am totally inspired by the organisation, what it stands for, its aims, ethos, the volunteers who give their time and spirit so generously and above all the impact that we make, as a team, on our learners.
There is a world of endless possibilities with this work, and at the most basic level, we are connecting human beings in a way that is more than just about language.
Since moving to Sheffield in 2004, I have worked in almost every community, and have seen how the city has changed demographically in such a short time and I am very aware of the divide that still exists in this city. SAVTE starts to bridge that divide by connecting people and germinating the start of so many new friendships. This is the nub of why I love this job; it is all about connecting people and creating new opportunities.
I love to travel, particularly trips where I can immerse myself if the daily life of people. I spent 2 years teaching English in the former Soviet Union, where I learnt Russian, through the family I lived with. I know how nerve wracking it can be learning a foreign language in another country
I love Sheffield, for the countryside and people. I love cooking, walking, cycling and helping out at the Cabaret Boom Boom in Walkley every month.