My family connections were however incredibly strong. I grew up believing that the most important thing was to always support each other especially in times of adversity. My belief in social justice was born and knew I was always destined to advocate for those who didn’t have a voice.
My career began as a youth worker in the mid 80’s which had me working in the Community Sector for the following 25 years in various roles and organisations. I also had my own family raising three daughters whilst working and studying. Whilst my awareness about the needs and issues young people faced in our society grew so did my desire to learn new ways of working with them to find new approaches to achieve different outcomes. There came a time when I realised I would see the same issues and people present themselves and knew change was needed to do something differently. I discovered Coaching! I felt that coaching could take things to another level that would add value to the skills and knowledge I already had. I wondered how I could start to explore this coaching concept that I was becoming more familiar with through my research. My life was already busy and knew I would have to take a risk and jump wholeheartedly into it. I was faced with standing at the edge of my comfort zone deciding to stay in a securely paid position knowing I wasn’t happy with this decision. As fate would have it, my position as a Youth Services manager for a non-profit organisation became redundant giving me an opportunity to walk through the door of coaching and explore what it was all about. I had the opportunity to see how coaching could compliment my skills and knowledge working in the community sector.