How long have you been involved in YMCA?
I have been working full time with YMCA since 1978, so 38 year, 19 of which have been with YMCA England. I was a member and volunteer before that.
What do your daily tasks include?
- Keeping an eye on what is happening internationally with YMCA.
- Co-ordinating our International engagement and representation.
- Co-ordinating the Youth Ambassadors Programme
- Responding to history and archive enquiries
What would you say is the most challenging aspect of your job?
Getting people to discover the richness of life changing opportunities, both in personal and professional terms for our people by engaging with the YMCA Globally.
What do you enjoy most about being a part of YMCA?
Without doubt seeing young people work through issues and opportunities.
Being able to provide opportunities that enables that to happen.
The most exciting development available at the moment is our ‘offer’ to young people to become YMCA Youth Ambassadors.
This programme offers
- Training and networking events to share, learn and develop alongside YMCA peers.
- Priority notice of all national and international activities and activities.
- Opportunities to learn about working with the media, politicians and global YMCAs.
Mention one unique thing about yourself
I have visited YMCAs in 37 Countries and in the last year been in communication with YMCAs in 68 Countries. I have attended World conferences on all the continents of the world.
Oh and being told at the age of 11 by my local YMCA that I wasn’t allowed in.
What has been your funniest moment since joining YMCA?
Sliding off the back of a donkey while riding bareback in a Summer Holiday Programme pageant, telling the story is even funnier after a couple of glasses of wine.
Where would you like to see YMCA in the next five years?
To register in the wider public’s mind every time issues that affect young people are mentioned and that YMCA is the go too organisation for life changing experiences for young people.