My main employment comprised working as a Mental Health Social Worker in East London. During my life I have received hospitality in a number of countries including Uganda and, more recently, in Morocco. My membership off the Steering Group is a way of repaying the many kindnesses that has been shown to me – a “stranger.”
I am a member of St Joseph’s RC Church and a representative of Malvern Churches Together. As a Christian, I see any person in need as my neighbour, and feel I have a responsibility to meet that need with care and compassion, and give support in any way open to me. I helped to prepare for, and welcome the Vietnamese boat families, who came to Malvern in the late 70 early 80s.
I have had a fulfilling career as a teacher of Music and English. For many years I lived overseas in Tanzania, Latvia and Italy where I enjoyed working with people from many different cultures and backgrounds. I now live in Malvern and am married with 3 grown-up children. I have always cared passionately about human rights and am an active member of Amnesty International UK. The world is experiencing the biggest refugee crisis since WW2. How can we turn our backs and do nothing?
My primary career has been as an academic at the University of Birmingham where I am Professor of Management and Governance in Criminal Justice. In recent years I have also been very active as a locally elected councillor – at both district and county council levels. As such, over the past year, I have been working hard to persuade our councils to host some Syrian refugee families. While the Government’s austerity programme is making life very difficult financially for councils, Worcestershire, overall, is a relatively well-resourced county and also benefits from having a vibrant voluntary sector. Together, we can surely do much through resettlement here and the provision of humanitarian support to alleviate the terrible suffering that such families have endured for so long.
I worked in local government and NHS before becoming a senior Civil Servant in the Department of Health. I had a private practice as a facilitator and coach and now chair a national charity www.growingpoints.co.uk. The charity helps people from excluded communities (including refugees) achieve their ambitions.
I am a retired GP. I campaign for the rights of Oromo and other peoples in Ethiopia, since training health workers there in 1988-1992. I have been involved in nearly 500 Oromo and other Ethiopian asylum cases in the UK, Europe and North America and am part of Amnesty International’s Asylum Justice Project, which campaigns for a just and fair asylum system. As a member of Amnesty International, I consider human rights to be fundamental to a stable and prosperous society – which includes a rational and compassionate reception by the UK for those seeking sanctuary from war and abuse.
I was brought up in Malvern and returned 28 years ago with my family. In the 70s I trained as a Social Worker and for the last ten years of my career I was based in a local GP surgery, working mainly with old people. I am an active member of Amnesty International, both with the local group and in the Books for Amnesty shop in Great Malvern as well as being part of the Malvern Fairtrade group. I feel passionately that we must offer a safe haven to those who have fled the devastation of Syria and look forward to being involved with their arrival and settling into our beautiful town.
I have been a children’s Social Worker all my adult life. Despite having ‘retired’ four years ago I still carry out some work in fostering services. I was born in Malvern and as such I am delighted to have been living here again for the past nine years. I believe passionately that we should, and must, help those less fortunate than ourselves, particularly children uprooted and separated from their families due to conflict.