What is your role in the team?
I am the Business Engagement Manager. I work alongside businesses and key contacts to embed Social Good Connect within their organisations, encouraging employees to volunteer and to apply for roles they may not have previously considered.
What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?
I love building new relationships, meeting new people, and helping businesses and individuals to succeed. It is not all about the business, it is about everyone. It is very rewarding to see the volunteers getting something out of the work that they are doing and helping charities get the support that they need.
What volunteering or passion projects do you do outside of work?
I have recently applied to Barnardo’s to be a Volunteer Befriender in Dundee to work with disabled children and young people. Similarly to my role at work, I am looking forward to doing something else that will allow me to meet new people and build relationships!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working/what are your hobbies?
When I’m not spending time with my children, I love to be with my dogs. I have three German Shorthaired Pointers – Fern, Willow and Haggis. Me and my husband love to take them on long walks every weekend and walking them first thing on the beach every morning is my favourite part of the day!
Which of Social Good Connect’s values resonated most with you and why?
Connecting People – that’s what my job is all about really, reaching out to people, making connections and seeing how that makes a difference. It is not just about the time that they give, it can be any sort of giving.
Also, Being Brave – at all ages you have to be brave and put yourself out there. I think it’s good not to get too comfortable. I take great pleasure in doing things that are out of my comfort zone.
What is your favourite song?
Wild Wood by Paul Weller – I first heard it when I was young and I have always loved it since.
Who are the top three people you would have a meal with dead or alive?
My husband and my two kids. As a wife, mother to girls aged 10 and 12, and a ‘pawrent’ to three German Shorthaired Pointers, I know we’re not the only family juggling a million different things at once – swimming lessons, dance clubs, dog walks, shift work, etc, the list goes on.
It’s a struggle making room for all the priorities in our life and my family isn’t the only one who sometimes sit down with a plate on our laps in front of the telly watching ‘Friends’ or ‘Friday Night Dinner’. As far as family culture goes, we’ve lost our way a little from the traditional family dinner I grew up knowing. I’m ok with that, as long as we make some time to sit together occasionally.
So, when we can, we’ll have a dinner party. We set the table with the fancy dinnerware, open a bottle of red, something fizzy for the kids, and have a conversation. We share our burdens and relive the dramas of the day. Conversations range from how embarrassing Grandma was when she walked up the road in her pink dressing gown, to how many boys (and girls) in my ten year old’s class have a crush on her, and then there’s the usual stuff like my husband begging to squeeze our pre-teen’s blackheads. Please tell me my family is not the only one!
At our dinner parties we toast to accomplishments in school, and work. We mark milestones, divulge dreams, bury hatchets, make deals, give thanks, plan holidays (maybe not right now), and tell jokes (usually bad ones). Our dinner table is where my children learn lessons, such as manners, cooperation, communication, self-control and values. It’s where we make up and where we reconnect.
I’ll take my kids, and my husband, over anyone dead, any day.
Can you share your favourite photo with us and explain why it is your favourite?
It was taken on Christmas Eve last year and Christmas is definitely my favourite time of year – hands down! I just love the magic that Christmas brings. I don’t get how anyone can’t love it. I urge all the ‘bah humbuggers ‘ to come and spend a Christmas with me and my family, we’ll get them in the Christmas spirit!