Spotlight on….Leeanne!

If you read our blog or newsletter, you’ll know that we like to give you a chance to get to know us better.  This time we find out more about Leeanne, she’s worked on lots of projects during her time with WHM and currently works on our Best Start Peer Support course, Inside Out & Rosebuds groups and also supports our Women’s Lives Leeds Partnership and MVP. She’s very busy!

Spotlight on…Leeanne –  

What does your role involve?

I run groups at Women’s Health Matters, for women whose children aren’t living with them and courses in partnership with Touchstone for parents and carers of young children.

What’s your favourite thing about WHM?

All the women I come into contact with – all the amazing, wonderful women who I work with and have become my second family, and the incredible women who come to our groups who inspire me every day with their kindness, strength and support of each other.

What are 3 things you enjoy doing?

Watching the tv – dull but it’s a great switch off

Spending time with family and friends

Getting outside and walking

If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it?

Could I create magic wands for everyone with my magic wand please?!

 

Here’s Leeanne on the left with our lovely Elaine.

 

An update on our team – lots of changes.

We’ve had lots of changes here at WHM over the last month or two.  Three wonderful members of our team have moved on to pastures new.  We’ve said goodbye to our fantastic Director Ruth who has really steered the organisation forwards over the last four years. Fi, our Finance Manager, has been with the organisation for a long time and will be so missed.  As you may have seen from a previous blog post, our amazing Administrator Elaine has also moved on after years of keeping us all organised and cared for.  Although we’re so pleased for the three of them, we’re really sad to see them go and wish them all the luck in the world with their onward journeys!

 

This means we’ve welcomed some lovely new faces to our team – Rachel and Bridget.  Rachel Kelly is our new Chief Executive and Bridget Walker is our Finance & Office Manager.  They’ve already fit right into our office of passionate women, and we’re really thankful to have them.  We’ll introduce Bridget soon, but would like to introduce you to Rachel with our usual ‘spotlight on’ questions.

What does your role involve?

I’m currently going through a handover with my predecessor and learning lots about our vital programmes and the women and girls that we work with and support. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in to my new role, bringing my own experiences and skills to Women’s Health Matters, working with our partners and supporters and continuing to develop our services.

What’s your favourite thing about WHM?

I think there are going to have to be two favourites so far; the fantastic staff team that are here, so warm, welcoming, experienced and passionate. And the privilege and pride I have already felt, when hearing the real stories and experiences of our women and girls and the positive differences our projects are making to them on their journeys.

What are 3 things do you enjoy doing?

I love reading and getting transported to somewhere new with a good book.

I’m trying to keep myself fit and especially enjoy swimming.

I enjoy spending time with friends and family, especially if it involves a curry!

If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it?

Where to start… I would eradicate poverty across the world and ensure everyone lives in a safe and stable world, with opportunities to love, learn, grow and succeed.

 

Spotlight on…… Fi, our Finance and Admin Manager!

We like to give people the chance to get to know the team, this time it’s lovely Fi’s turn to be under the spotlight.

 

What does your role involve?

All bookkeeping and accounting tasks, payroll, budgeting, planning and fundraising.  Managing the admin role of the organisation and being a member of the management team.

 

What’s your favourite thing about WHM?

The amazing women who work here and being part of a team that makes a difference in women’s lives.

 

What are 3 things that you enjoy going?

Walking with dogs, listening and dancing to music, hard sums.

 

If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it?

Bring in a basic income for all! So that everyone had enough money to live on and what you chose to do beyond that is up to you and your individual situation.  Work, study, be a musician, start your own business, care for others.  I know it’s all a bit pie in the sky but they have tried it out in other European countries with some success.

 

Spotlight on our team – Hannah and Naffie

This ‘Spotlight On’ we hear from Hannah W and Naffie, our newest Trustee.

 

Hannah – Wellbeing Case Worker for Rainbow Hearts

What does your role involve?

I work alongside the Rainbow Hearts group providing 1-1 support to asylum seeking women. I support women with their mental health and reducing loneliness and isolation.

What’s your favourite thing about WHM?

The people – everyone is friendly and supportive. I am enjoying being part of WHM, I have been welcomed into the team and feel like I have been here ages now! It is inspiring to be around so many passionate, committed women.

What are 3 things you enjoy doing?

Running, camping and Lego

If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it?

I would magic away all weapons, ammunition, bombs and bullets and make people talk out their problems rather than fighting. I would also magic myself a beautiful campsite on a beach in Scotland and I would spend my days baking cakes and running up and down hills surrounded by cats.

 

 

Naffie –

Why did you become a Trustee for Womens Health Matters?

A work colleague who is also a Trustee at Womens Health Matters approached me. My colleague stated that they needed a Treasurer on the board. At that point I had never heard of Womens Health Matters.  I then read about the organisation and the positive difference it makes to the lives of women.  This sparked my interest and made me want to be part of the charity.

What is your favourite thing about Womens Health Matters?

My favourite thing about WHM is how the WHM annual event gives women we support an opportunity and courage to voice out their experiences and how the organisation has positively impacted their lives to enable them to realise that they are not alone and they have more control over their lives and health.

What do you do outside of Womens Health Matters?

I work for Leeds City council Childrens and Families. My role entails working closely with the Commissioning Team and Local elected members for Children and Young people.

I have a BSc degree in International Accounting, certified in SAP financials, at the Professional Level of ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) certification and also completed more than eight years of public and private accounting experience where attention to detail is essential when managing client flies and proof reading financial statements. I am able to contribute these skills to WHM as a Treasurer.

Outside of all of the above and WHM, I enjoy going to the gym and Arabic classes.

If you had a magic wand what would you do with it?

I will make sure that every woman has justice, respect, care and compassion.