We live in fascinating and difficult times and I really believe creative people who are seeking to be independent, be they community workers, business people or those who respond to a religious call, have a great deal to contribute. All over the world, many people are finding their lives far more difficult than a few years ago. Those who have taken the risk of voluntarily leaving full-time employment have a role to play finding creative solutions.
I made my decision 35 years ago, when I ceased to be a research scientist and chose to be a community worker, a role for which I was at the time uniquely unsuited! Over the years I have experienced roles such as economic regeneration in Attercliffe, Sheffield, community planning in Maltby, Rotherham and grants administration for the Methodist Church with an annual budget of over £1 million.
After that experience I took stock and opted to risk my future in my own business. It's taken some time to work out what I can offer! I've found my experience has uniquely equipped me to advise and support coaches and consultants who seek to market their businesses locally.
I believe businesses have a lot to gain through meaningful engagement from communities. Their presence forms the backbone of most thriving neighbourhoods and we need to work together to build a new future of opportunities for all.