Growing Together

Growing Together

 

As we welcome the spring sunshine we also want to extend a warm welcome to Helen, Rachel and Lynsey, who have recently joined the CUF team. Helen Goodchild will be our new Trusts and Statutory Fundraising Manager, Rachel Walker is our new Development Officer, and Lynsey Robinson will be working with the Fundraising and Communications team. To get to know them a little better we asked them to share some details about themselves, and what they will be doing in the weeks commencing.
 

Rachel Walker: Development Officer

What will you be doing in your new role? Supporting the work of the wider Development Team here at CUF.

In one sentence what stood out most to you about CUF before joining us? The Together Network- being part of a network of people passionate about both tackling poverty and enabling the church to make the most of its unique role within communities.

Briefly, tell us about something that is important to you: Doing “development” sustainably and thoughtfully – too often I think ‘help’ is offered (or forced) without much thought as to whether or not it is actually needed, or if it’s being given by the right people.

What were you doing before joining the team: I graduated from SOAS in the summer of 2014 and then worked at a wonderful coffee shop near Tottenham Court Road – Store Street Espresso, definitely worth a visit!  

Favourite book from childhood? Danny the Champion of the World – Roald Dahl

Beach or mountain holiday? Mountain

Book or TV? Book

What was the last book you read? I’m in the middle of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – it’s brilliant so far.

To contact Rachel: Rachel.walker@cuf.org.uk 020 7898 1655

 

Lynsey Robinson: Communications and Fundraising Officer

What will you be doing in your new role? Supporting the CUF fundraising and communication team, particularly with social media and seasonal resources (Lent, Poverty Sunday, Harvest and Advent).

In one sentence what stood out most to you about CUF before joining us? CUF’s vision for the empowerment of the local church in their community, and the way it seeks to bring people together to make more of an impact in the lives of the most vulnerable in a holistic way.

Briefly, tell us about something that is important to you: Spending, and making, time with family and friends- I think that the relationships I have with the people around me say a lot about who I am as a person, and I want these to be strong as I believe we can have a huge impact on the lives of those around us.

What were you doing before joining the team? I moved to London in August 2014 from Addis Ababa where I was working as a teacher. I then worked as a receptionist for a care agency and did some care work in the evenings and at weekends.

Favourite book from childhood? Enid Blyton’s ‘The Famous Five’

Beach or mountain holiday? Beach

Book or TV? Book

Last book you read? Reading Midnight’s Children

To contact Lynsey: Lynsey.robinson@cuf.org.uk 020 7898 1452

 

Helen Goodchild: Trust and Fundraising Manager

What will you be doing in your new role? Following on from Sharon, who was the previous Trust and Fundraising Manager, I will be writing funding bids and scoping out new fundraising opportunities.

In one sentence what stood out most to you about CUF before joining us? The way CUF helps communities work together, and seeks to enrich people's lives.

Briefly, tell us about something that is important to you: Education for my children- ensuring they have they have the right tools to navigate through life. This means teaching them solid communication skills, and encouraging them to be confident girls who will not let anyone or anything hold them back from their dreams and aspirations.

What were you doing before joining the team? I was Regional Director for the Big Issue where I worked for 12 years. As Regional Director I oversaw the funding which was used to help homeless people move back into main stream society, and away from homelessness.

Beach or mountain holiday? Beach

Book or TV? Book

Last book you read? Frozen

To contact Helen: helen.goodchild@cuf.org.uk 020 7898 1645

Author: Lynsey Robinson

Date: 12 March 2015

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