I first got involved with the Barbican Theatre over 10 years ago when I came across a ‘think tank’ being held there discussing the issues of Race, Identity and Culture. I was studying for a degree in Youth & Community Work at the time and had previously studied Theatre, and I found the experience stimulating and informative. The result was an encouragement of my desire to evoke positive change in the city. This initial contact lit my passion for the Barbican Theatre, and I have been involved with them in numerous ways ever since! I was attracted to the friendly and supportive atmosphere, their passion for young people and for accessing those ‘difficult to reach’, the quality of work, but most of all the sharing of strong anti-discriminatory ethos and values.
I am now Senior Children and Families Worker for the Plymouth & Devon Racial Equality Council and have worked in close partnership with the Barbican on a number of projects both as a facilitator (Voices for Change), an advertiser (bringing young people to various workshops and performances), a participant in workshops and also as an actress (One Extreme – Schools Touring piece). My passion is anti-racist work, in particular supporting young people from diverse backgrounds to fulfil their potential within this city, which can at times be a tough place for many. I feel privileged to serve as a Trustee for the Barbican, and look forward to supporting them in the years to come, as I know PDREC does also.