Jenny has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Applied Social Research and worked as a youth worker for a number of years before starting to work at KIDS in 2014. She started off as a full time practitioner but after having her son in 2017 now works as a part time coordinator.

Why did you choose KIDS?

KIDS is a well-known charity in my local area and has a fantastic reputation for working with disabled children, young people and their families. I had worked in youth work for some years and wanted to progress into more disability specific work and increase my skills and knowledge in the area. I was passionate about disability rights and the voice, influence and participation of young people with disabilities and these were values strongly championed by KIDS.

I was able to secure a role as an Independent Support Practitioner during the roll out of the 2014 SEND reforms and was supported by my colleagues and managers to develop the Independent Support Service in Hull. During supervisions with my line manager I identified my desire to progress within KIDS and also undertake more face to face work with young people. My line manager listened to me and supported my progression over the years within KIDS and I am now employed as the Advocacy and Children’s Rights Coordinator for Hull.

How does your role fit in with your lifestyle?

When I started working at KIDS in 2014 I had just returned from a period of travelling overseas and was still living with my parents. My life has changed very much from then until now and having a secure and stable role at KIDS enabled me to secure a mortgage and purchase my first home, get married and also become a parent for the first time. Since having my son, KIDS has been incredibly supportive, allowing me to work part time and flexibly around child care. This ensures that I have a great balance between spending time with my son and still developing and growing professionally.

What’s the best thing about working for KIDS?

There are a number of reasons why I love working for KIDS, the main one being that they champion and uphold the rights of disabled children, young people and their families. I enjoy being able to positively influence and support disabled young people in decisions that affect their lives and love the happiness and laughter they bring to the job. Every day is different and I am lucky enough to be part of a team of like-minded colleagues who are always willing to share their skills and knowledge. KIDS has supported me and been a consistent part of many major changes in my life and I hope to be able to continue on this path.