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My passion for supporting communities

My working life began as a design manager for multi-national, Coats Viyella, back in the 1980s. It was a job I loved, but not one I could replicate on relocation to Yorkshire in 1991. My employment journey took several turns, through different sectors, but it was my...

Our Place: why CDF is proud to be involved

Why am I supporting Our Place? Most people know what will help them live their lives better in their communities. My route to working with communities, and then onto my role at CDF, was via taking my daughter to a toddler group in my local community. Then, as she...

Neighbourhood planning – the power to make a difference

Through my work at the Community Development Foundation (CDF), and my personal experience of setting up and running many community organisations and a large social enterprise, I know how powerful it can be when people come together with a vision of improving where...

Re-engaging young people in communities

Over the last six months I have been party to events, discussions and insights into projects across the country that are working with young people who have tough lives and difficult circumstances.  These young people will almost all live in areas which lack investment...