Why does working in Barking and Dagenham interest you?
I’m interested in working with people who have big dreams yet are interested in making small steps towards achieving those dreams everyday. I’m finding these people everywhere in Barking & Dagenham. There is so much passion, power, and potential. It is a deeply inspiring community of people.
What are some challenges you believe you may face in this role?
It may not be clear for businesses to see how their donations to BD Giving affect the causes they care about. For example, someone may question donating their money to BD Giving versus donating directly to their local food bank. Especially for those who are new to philanthropy, BD Giving could be seen as a side step in connecting people with the causes they care about. BD Giving will have to work to communicate the net benefit in supporting the research, community facilitation, and network-building that is behind BD Giving and the projects it funds.
What are your ambitions for the borough?
I want to help individuals realise just how easy it is to have a positive impact in their local community. My hope is that activities like volunteering, donating, and campaigning will be made highly accessible and considered fun and exciting for anyone who wishes to participate.
What role does the community have in realising that ambition?
It starts by individuals in the community voicing their opinions, needs and desires. If there’s an opportunity to be part of a conversation, then jump in! Barking & Dagenham can’t respond unless it is informed.