As Projects Officer with responsibility for communications in the Communities and Partnerships Framework, my role is to raise awareness of the many projects and areas of interest that Communities and Partnerships support, and initiate, within parishes and the wider community. I have been with the diocese for just over two years now and prior to this, I worked for a short time in Canterbury City Council’s Communications Department. Before that, I was with the BBC’s Religion and Ethics Department in Manchester as a Radio Producer. I joined the BBC straight after studying Theology at Durham.
The purpose of the Framework itself is to empower parishes within the diocese to serve their communities better by working in partnerships with others. It also has responsibility for developing the diocese’s response to a number of issues such as; the wider use of church buildings, support of our rural communities, environment issues, fair trade, work around social issues of poverty, deprivation and homelessness, and helping promote the transformation of communities by forging links with local authorities, secular organisations, other faith groups and denominations, charities and corporate business. It’s a fantastic Framework, and a great team.
It means my role is very varied, from writing press releases, articles and information for the various Diocesan news outlets, to being a photographer at C & P events such as the County Harvest, and updating our news on Twitter and Facebook.
I put together an e-newsletter for external organisations about the work of C&P, and also help create resources and promotional material for events such as the Kent is Delicious cookery competition, The Gathering, First World War Centenary Commemorations and any other projects that come our way.
I work part-time and so am kept busy outside of the office by my two young children who are aged 6 and 3. I love to sing, perhaps much to the annoyance of my colleagues, and would love to be part of a choir again sometime soon. I also really enjoy cooking and, energy permitting, making things on my sewing machine. Oh, and a nice cup of tea and cake always goes down well, which means I think I fit in quite well in the Diocese!