Associate, Listener, Zealous
Quickly learning that her true passion may not lie in a Theology degree, Meg spent countless undergraduate hours offering peer support to her fellow students before branching out into the wider Durham community and joining her local Samaritans. Here she took great joy in getting to know “real life adults” who existed outside of the student bubble. This opened Meg’s eyes to just a handful of the issues that affect communities and individuals in the North-East.
After 3 years studying, Meg found herself elected as the Welfare and Liberation Officer of Durham SU where she was determined to support the most marginalised and vulnerable students within her community and pushed hard to create much needed change.
Following an incredibly rewarding (and intense!) year at Durham SU, Meg decided that a sensible next step was six months’ saving (working every hour she could at M&S) followed by six months’ travelling was (before entering the world of work until she finally qualifies for her pension in 2065…)
However, the Universe had other plans, and COVID cut short her travelling from six months to six weeks. Meg found herself back home in Leeds and in search of a focus to fill her days. Before landing at the Collective Impact Agency, Meg earned a place on a Psychology Conversion (MSc) for September 2020; trained and qualified as a Crisis Volunteer for the Crisis Textline SHOUT; and was appointed a Policy Volunteer with the Nightline Association -a fairly productive COVID lockdown for someone who still dreams of traversing the mountains in New Zealand.
Meg still doesn’t know what she wants to “be” when she grows up (and will probably still be claiming this in 2065), but holds a strong belief that those most vulnerable in our society have borne the brunt of government cuts for too long and that this current system simply is not working for those who are in desperate need. Of particular interest is the way in which intersecting identity impacts people’s experiences of, and access to, different interventions. She sees immense value in service-user-led research and feels that services that neglect to focus on this are failing those in need.
Keen to put her principles and pent up thoughts into action, Meg joined the Collective Impact Agency intent on supporting the creation of valuable change in the North-East.