Who We Are
BAB is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol.
I moved to Bristol in September 2015 to start work as Director of BAB. My role involves leading and shaping the direction of the programme, developing and maintaining partnerships and relationships as well as ensuring Bristol Ageing Better is relevant and in a position to influence strategy across the city and region. In my previous role, I worked for the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, leading the Victim Services Portfolio, commissioning services and supporting third sector delivery. I have worked across a number of roles in Community Development and Community Empowerment, most notably establishing a community focussed programme within one of the most deprived areas of Cardiff that aimed to tackle isolation by improving health, learning and prosperity.
After finishing my Masters at the University of Bristol I worked on a randomised controlled physical activity trial with primary school children. The completion of this project led me on to more community-based work as the coordinator of the South Gloucestershire Walking for Health programme.
After University I began a career in the publishing industry, working my way from Marketing Assistant to a role as an in-house Editor of nonfiction books. I was spending much of my spare time volunteering and decided to use that experience along with my project management skills to make an exciting move to the third sector. I started as Programme Administrator the month the BAB programme launched and am now thrilled to be working as Partnership Support Officer, making links with BAB’s ever-expanding list of partners and coordinating the Community Kick-Start Fund.
Before starting as Project Officer at Bristol Ageing Better I worked in the university careers service sector where I focused on building up relationships with employers in order to help students into work after they graduate. Alongside this, I also worked as a volunteer at Opening Doors London, a branch of Age UK Camden in London which aims to reduce isolation within the older LGBT community. Having such an enjoyable experience volunteering has been a major factor in wanting to make a career move into the third sector.
I started working with Bristol Ageing Better in April 2017 and my role is to support the capturing, synthesising and sharing of learning and evidence from across the BAB programme. This involves maximising evidence and evaluation from BAB partners and creating opportunities to share learning across the BAB partnership. Prior to this, I studied for an MSc in Social Science Research Methods at the University of Bristol and I have a background of evaluating projects in academia, the public sector and the third sector. In a previous role, I worked with Public Health and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group in South Gloucestershire (funded by the Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative) to embed evidence and evaluation within decision making and commissioning processes. I am also experienced at evaluating community projects and am passionate about designing creative and participatory approaches to evaluation.
I have worked for a wildlife charity and now BAB/Age UK Bristol. I love the fact that BAB is making such a difference locally and will change city-wide thinking for the future! My current role is to cover the administration side of BAB and to be here if anyone needs to get in touch with BAB and find out more from the team.
After my Business studies in Germany, I worked for a publishing company in Bath for a couple of years and relocated to Bristol in 2015 to start working for a national humanitarian charity. Having found my passion in the third sector, I have joined the BAB team in October 2016 to work alongside the Programme Manager and Director as Contracts & Finance Officer. My role is to support the contract management of our delivery partners as well as maintaining the programme’s financial systems.
I’ve been working in communications since I graduated from university in 2014. In 2016 I moved to a role in the charity sector, helping to set up a new youth homelessness project in Sheffield. I joined BAB in August 2017 to cover maternity leave for Silvia Jimenez Cruz and I work to maintain the website, create content, send press releases and main social media channels.
After graduating from Sociology, I worked as an ethnographical researcher in my home country of Chile. I've been working in Communications in the UK charity sector since 2012 in different capacities. At BAB I am responsible for maintaining our communications channels and creating content for our website, email updates and social media.
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