I work with our local communities on all developments, extending this to local charities. This area really resonates with me, as growing up I relied a lot on the goodwill of others, so it’s great to give back now that I can.
In overseeing the charity work, I seek opportunities for us to do more as a company. For us, working alongside a charity is more than donating money, it is pledging our support by volunteering and offering expertise in every way we can. Once we start a relationship with a charity, we will adopt them for the long term. For example for the past few years I have acted as one of our charity’s (Safeline) social media manager.
At St Helens my role is to build strong local relationships, such as our five year partnership with St Helens Chamber, which allowed me to arrange and sponsor local school site visits, career fairs and educational trips abroad. Even though our development has finished, I remain actively involved with the young people, as I believe continued and loyal support is of the utmost importance with any initiatives; single interventions can do more harm than good.
I am now starting a similar journey with local schools and colleges in Dartford, mirroring what I’ve learnt from our other developments. I am quickly building an established network of like-minded people to benefit the wider community. I have volunteered my time with YMCA Thames Gateway, funding and delivering food hampers to help those most impacted by Covid-19. We are now building a long-term partnership to help support people affected from the inevitable fall out of this crisis.
I pride myself on making things happen in the third sector, no easy task. From an initial idea to execution; and I believe I will guide Bericote to have a huge positive impact in the Dartford community over the next few years. For example our five year sponsoring of Community owned Dartford FC means we can leverage their physical assets and established contacts to achieve real social outreach across younger age groups.
I am a social butterfly, which is why I love what I do at Bericote, but in my own time I love being out and about with my fiancé, family and friends and meeting new people. I enjoy watching live music and have been to see many legendary artists including The Killers, Kasabian, The Libertines, Biffy Clyro, Ed Sheeran, The Kooks, and many more.