Meet the Team: Nicola Barber

  1. Full Name: Nicola Barber
  2. Job Title: Community Engagement Worker
  3. Date joined YCC: I joined YCC in September 2021, but I’ve been in my current role for just 3 weeks after a role change!
  4. Tell us a little about yourself? I love baking! This hobby developed over Covid and I love any opportunity to bake for a special occasion. I also like getting to gym classes when I can (to burn off all the cake!)
  5. Your role in a nutshell: Always looking for opportunities to promote the Hopeful Families service within the Kirklees community.
  6. Why do you like working for YCC? It is a friendly and supportive working environment. The flexible working hours are great and make you feel like you have more of a home/work life balance. I also like that the service focuses on the whole family as well as individual needs; ‘Improve lives & Inspire change’, how could you not want to be a part of that. 😊
  7. What’s one of your favourite work memories? The Jubilee Event for families. It was the first big family event I’ve attended and there was a great atmosphere. I know the team put a lot of hard work into making the day special for everyone attending, so it was lovely to see it being enjoyed.
  8. And finally, what advice would you give to people considering working at YCC? If the role sounds right for you, then just apply!
  9. Contact: [email protected] / 07546 307478

Meet the Team: Rebecca Whitehead

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Name: Rebecca Whitehead

Job Title: Financial Education Teacher

Time in the role: 2 years.

What’s something people don’t know about you? I used to be a tv/film extra!

Your role in a nutshell: I teach financial education to years 10 and 11 at BJC in Heckmondwike- this course gives them education on financial matters and how to be a successful adult once they leave school which includes politics, paying bills etc, I also teach finance, life skills and employability to year 9.

Why do you like working for YCC? I came to work at BJC for 3 months on supply and was lucky enough to never leave after gaining the permanent role in September 2020. It’s an amazing place to work, the college is like a family and every day is different, there’s always something going on to make you smile.

What’s one of your favourite work memories? When I returned in Sept 2020 after being on furlough since March 2020 (through supply agency) and I got a round of applause and a cheer from the students that I was back. It was wonderful.

And finally, what advice would you give to people considering working at YCC? You have to be prepared to go above and beyond every day, it’s never easy but it’s always different. I love teaching anyway but it’s so rewarding to teach at the college as the students need us and what we offer, so much more than in mainstream.

Contact details: [email protected]

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Meet The Team: Tony Kirton

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Full Name: Tony Kirton

Job Title: Maintenance Coordinator

Time in the role: 5 Months

What’s something people don’t know about you? Home is like a farm with all the dogs and cats!

Your role in a nutshell: Fix things (or ask other people to!)

Why do you like working for YCC? I’ve always enjoyed having a go at various projects at home – building, plumbing, etc. so it’s like a bigger house here with more varied (and stranger sometimes!) requests!

What’s one of your favourite work memories? Finally navigating the buildings and not getting lost!

And finally, what advice would you give to people considering working at YCC? Make sure you wear a Fitbit (alternative makes are available!) so you don’t waste walking up and down the stairs!

Contact Details: [email protected]

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Meet the Team: Rifet Iqbal

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Full Name: Rifet Iqbal

Job Title: Domestic Abuse Worker

Time in the role: 6 Months

What’s something people don’t know about you? I completed a fashion design course which included jewellery making whilst studying my A levels; and from time to time I design bespoke dresses/outfits and jewellery.

Your role in a nutshell: I provide practical and emotional support for survivors (I like to call them warriors!) of domestic abuse, with the view of empowering survivors to make safe choices in life both for themselves and for their families. Every day, without fail, I am in awe of my warriors persevering and carrying on.

Why do you like working for YCC? I seem to navigate towards helping people so where better than a children’s charity? I love talking and I get paid for it!

What’s one of your favourite work memories? The in-house presentation/get together by all the departments that YCC held in 2021.

And finally, what advice would you give to people considering working at YCC? It’s an environment where people are valued and supported. It’s also a place where I feel at home.

Contact Details: [email protected] | 07849 398849

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Meet the team: Samantha Latchayya

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Full Name: Samantha Latchayya

Job Title: Leadership Team Coordinator

Time in the role: 10 Months

What’s something people don’t know about you? I absolutely love languages and can speak French, Spanish and Mauritian Creole.

Your role in a nutshell: I work with the Leadership Team and Board of Trustees to coordinate all meetings, projects and events, to ultimately facilitate the effectiveness of the charity. I’m also in the Safety Group and Employee Forum. Finally, I run the charity’s social media channels which is really fun!

Why do you like working for YCC? I’ve always loved to plan and organise things– inside and outside of work, so this role suits me to a tee. Every single day at YCC is different, which makes the work really exciting. Finally, the people who work here are so friendly that I always look forward to going into the office!

What’s one of your favourite work memories? I really enjoyed the Staff Thank You event that was held in Summer 2021. We took over an entire pub’s venue and ordered in dozens of pizzas! The theme of the event was VIP and we all had VIP wristbands and a red carpet to walk down. It was a great opportunity to unwind with our colleagues and have a good catch up after a tough year.

And finally, what advice would you give to people considering working at YCC? Prepare to be very busy, but also to have lots of fun at the same time! One great thing about YCC is that the hierarchy is really flat, so you can put forward your ideas and opinions and make a real difference – which is massively rewarding!

Contact Details: [email protected] | 07546 307 658

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