Community Development Manager
07930 881 739
Mel has worked in libraries for the past 13 years, promoting services, resources and activities in free, safe, warm and trusted spaces. She has managed volunteers and work clubs and in 2020 formed the Plymouth Digital Inclusion Network, bringing together more than 40 organisations to help give people in need access to devices, skills training and connectivity. She is looking forward to using this experience as a starting point to help improve and increase community togetherness, strength and mutual support.
Interests: reading, going to music and comedy gigs, meeting up with friends.
Co-operative Food Organiser
Kelly is the food organiser for Plymouth helping to create sustainable food offers at affordable prices to help the community. She has 20 years experience in food retail and community work.
Interests: Outdoors, sea swimming, running, yoga, meditation and spending time with my little ones.
Tracy’s background will help the Team build confident, resilient and connected communities. Her city-wide role responsibilities are mental health and disability, supporting partnership working, raising awareness and mapping community assets to encourage cohesion and collaboration of service providers - enabling easier information retrieval, successful signposting and faster referrals.
Interests - fun/endurance challenges for charity, gym and dance instructing, crafts, genealogy and spending time with family and friends.
Natalie has been involved in community work for 30 years. Having spent 7 years as a family support worker Natalie is always keen to involve others and build partnerships to make a difference to communities. She also has experience of supporting others with employability and skills and believes learning is lifelong.
Interests - Gardening and running. Likes cooking, especially baking.
East End Community
Kay will be supporting staff using her diverse and vast experience in promoting knowledge and education in employment rights. Working to connect diverse communities within communities and promoting the wonderful work/services within these areas alongside partners. She is passionate about helping people help themselves.
Interests - Socialising, creativity in all forms, all things textile, upcycling and recycling, sharing skills.
Being Plymouth born, Liane is passionate about making the communities that we live in more accessible, vibrant and interactive for the people. By linking all ages, groups and abilities together, she would like to help people and change lives. She runs a local Youth Club in the Keyham area and attends a weekly Craft group. She set up and attends a monthly Book Club which has now been going for 12 years.
Interests: Family, friends, art (painting, drawing, attending galleries), reading, watching films, talking...
Karen has lived and worked in Southway and surrounding areas for over 40 years. She has worked within the local school, Playcare and Children Centre, providing support and information for families with young children. Karen is a Director for Southway Community Group, running sessions for all ages. Karen is passionate about making a difference in her community.
Interests: Theatre, eating out, films, music, singing, coffee and chatting with friends.
07930 881 907
With over 10 years experience in creating an archive of people’s lived experience in the city and using it as part of his PhD study. As a director of Pride in Plymouth he has worked to increase LGBQT+ visibility and advocacy across the city, and beyond. The community builder role provides him with a further opportunity to develop ideas around what best supports such a diverse community of identity on a local level.
Interests – Oral History, Community Archives and Old-Style Hollywood Movies
Estover and Efford Community
Emily’s goal and aims are to support the local communities of Efford and Estover to improve health and wellbeing, build up resilience, help organisations to deliver groups and activities that interest the community and get the most benefit out of the resources and help available. She will be engaging with partnerships and organisations to create a positive impact.
Interests - nature, reading, Netflix, amateur photography and spending time with my family.
Barne Barton Community
Mike has been involved in community work for the last 15 years. He has worked with a diverse range of communities, including to help organising community events. Most recently he has worked in Plymouth, connecting residents to what is going on in their local community and across the city, aiding people to improve their health and wellbeing, education, training and employment opportunities. Mike is passionate about working at a ground level upwards, engaging with local communities and partner organisations to create a positive impact. He has experience in Health and Social Care over the years.
Interests - Walking on the moors and coastal footpaths.
Ethnically Diverse Communities Lead
Isatta has spent more than 20 years working in the field of social care in the community. She has worked with people worldwide including marginalised individuals and those experiencing loneliness and isolation. Isatta is a Co-founder of the Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support (DCRS). She has worked with the British Red Cross, Youth Offending Services, and Devonport Regeneration Company, just to name a few.
Interests - meeting new people especially over a cuppa, listening to world music and long walks in nature while listening to the birds.
Men's Community Builder
Bob comes from a background of SEN support in higher education. In his previous role, he fostered a sense of community, inclusivity, and awareness, and is looking forward to transferring his skillset to this role.
In his spare time, he enjoys comic books, death metal and cats.
Emmeline has a background in working with young people from birth to adulthood. Mostly through conversations that begin around the craft table! Being from Plymouth, Emmeline is keen to make links with young people across the city and add to the vibrant mix of activities and opportunities already available. Emmeline’s passion is to encourage everyone to find and acknowledge their strengths, work on being the best they can be, enjoying the discovery and never fearing making mistakes.
Interests - spending time wit her grown up children, sea swimming, paddle boarding and in the winter watching silly movies.
Family Hubs Community Builder
Danielle has been working closely with families and young people across Plymouth through the arts and culture sector. Her background includes work in children’s theatre, project management and community-based theatre/art. Danielle has worked with community members across a wide range of age groups from baby groups, youth steering groups, and care homes. Danielle enjoys being immersed in local culture and communities meeting a diverse range of people with unique stories to tell. Interests include being creative, walking by the sea, singing, dancing, and running.
Gin is delighted to be a Community Builder (p/t) for Stonehouse where she loves living. She’s co-founded and is a co-director of CCBS ‘Cliik Community Ltd’. Cliik improves families’ access to food growing, green spaces, outdoor play opportunities and works to address the neighbourhoods’ loss of affordable family housing.
Interests - walking her lurcher on local beaches, travelling and spending time with her family.