Why you are motivated to be involved and support the organisation’s mission and objectives?
Having met Hannah at a meeting she was presenting for, I immediately found her to be warm, passionate about what she wanted to achieve and so inspirational hearing of her history and being a person with Lived Experience. Following that day, we kept in touch and became friends. Three
years later, post covid, I needed a new challenge and I am now proud to be part of the Career Matters team wanting to make a difference to people’s lives by supporting them and giving them better opportunities for the future.
Role at Career Matters
Having been given the role of Office Manager within Career Matters, I am excited for the future of the company. I have become involved in the Lived Experience Charter, which I believe will grow from strength to strength to encourage Government bodies, Prisons, organisations from all sectors
to be assessed and awarded Charter status. This will enable them to be given the tools and be supported and educated to become better informed, unbiased and inclusive of people with Lived Experience. I have also started working on another really exciting project which Hannah is working on called Thrive and is funded by Ufi VocTech Trust. This is a new digital platform which is being developed and piloted during 2023. Thrive will provide so many opportunities to give training, advice and career guidance, with the support of an experienced team, most of whom are also lived experienced, the hope of giving people who have had difficult life experiences and little support, hope and prospects for the future.
Lynn worked in Local Government offices for a number of years in Scarborough pre and post children. She then worked as a tutor for a Learndirect franchise in Bridlington, which she loved helping, training and supporting people of all ages from 17 to 80 in computer literacy, English and Numeracy. Also helping young people seeking employment in computer engineering and young people in MENCAP. Due to family commitments Lynn then had to move to the West Midlands.
Having finally settled her family into the West Midlands, in 2013, she worked as Administrative Officer for ICHA for almost 9 years. The Association was representative of the private residential childcare sector, providing office/secretarial support for management and the many members of the
Association and gaining much insight into the difficult and traumatic start in lives some young people experience.