I am proud to lead this fantastic, community organisation. We believe in enterprise and the opportunities it creates for local people and it inspires me to see this in action. I head up a small team of hard-working staff, who are creative and quick to react to new ideas and opportunities. We manage buildings and spaces on behalf of the communities at Graylingwell Park and Roussillon Park, and it is fantastic to be able to offer these wonderful spaces for rent to both to residents and the wider community. The events and activities that go on in our various venues bring residents together, regardless of background, and create the great community spirit that makes living here so pleasurable.
Top tip: Anything is possible
I have worked in the public and voluntary sector for 16 years and previously worked for HM Revenues and Customs and the National Criminal Intelligence Service. Prior to taking up the role at CCDT I worked for an Educational charity in Hampshire and still keep involved with the organisation with regular visits and sharing good practice. I also enjoy supporting other charities and organisation and am a Trustee director of Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester (VAAC), A trustee of the Peter Ashley Activity Centres, a leader at Southbourne Sea Scouts and support the Chichester Welfare Trusts as Clerk and Treasurer.
I am the community development officer for Roussillon Park. I was born in West Sussex and have more than 5 years’ experience working in the Voluntary and Charity sector, including developing a Community Engagement project for older people.
I love to meet people, learn new things and am happiest sharing my free time with friends, family and my lovely dog.
I work all day Thursday and Friday mornings
If you want to book one of our venues, you’ll end up talking to me! I live at Graylingwell Park and was first involved with Chichester Community Development Trust as a volunteer. I was encouraged to apply for the Bookings Administrator role and was bowled over to be offered the job. I feel so happy being a part of such an amazing team and I would never in a thousand years thought I would love my job as much as I do. I am proud to say “this is who I work for”.
I work Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30am to 1.30pm
I am the Youth Project Coordinator for CCDT and responsible for the planning and delivery of a range of youth initiatives, as well promoting these on a weekly basis. Our activities vary and include our Junior and Youth Ambassadors Programmes, which empower youth from the community to deliver social change and positive impact projects while gaining volunteering recognition and personal development. I also manage our youth club which provides a safe space for youth to engage in exciting developmental activities within a welcoming and non-judgemental environment. Visit our Youth Work section to learn more.
Outside of CCDT, I also have a multiple of different paid and voluntary roles. I hold a full-time position at the University of Chichester Students’ Union as their Volunteering & Activities Coordinator. I am also Chairman of a voluntary organisation called Outset Youth Action, which provides volunteering opportunities for youth aged 11-18 over the whole of West Sussex. I am currently on the Trustee Board of the Chichester Bell Tower Drop-in centre, which provides a safe space between 3-6pm weekdays for youth from the schools within the Chichester District and provides an alternative to going to an empty home after school finishes. Lastly I co-founded a Community Interest Company called IFightFor, a community organisation that creates social change through creative and community youth volunteering projects. IFightFor prides itself on using the power of individuals joining together, and our firm belief in equality for all, to create a world that embraces people’s commitment to volunteering for the benefit of others while also enabling a platform for personal development.
I am one of the Homework Café tutors for Roussillon and Graylingwell Park communities. I am committed to making this new venture a place where local children thrive and grow, taking charge of their own learning process and developing good habits for the future. It’s great to see young people work, relax and make friends together after school.
When not working for CCDT, I am a visual artist and artist practitioner and I encourage children and adults alike to respond to the world visually, and, to reflect on the process of making in a positive and supportive setting.
Community venue cleaner
Suzanne wanted to give something back to her community and signed up to help CCDT with the facilities at Roussillon Park. She is also mum of three of fun boys and has recently started volunteering with the CCDT at community development events.
I joined CCDT in April 2014 as a SIA gate security guard for the new development at Graylingwell Park, where Chichester Community Development Trust is based.
I was a firefighter for 15 years before I was injured and afterward I worked as a Breakdown Recovery Driver. Due to industry changes, I ended up being made redundant twice. I am very happy to be working again. I’m earning, I have job security and I enjoy volunteering at CCDT’s events.