Denise Ozanne, Project Worker for The Sunflower Project
I am the second longest serving member at The HUB (and definitely the oldest). I started in October 2012 as part time Service Administrator when Charlie was the only full time member of staff. Everything was new and exciting. So now it’s 2016 and it is still really exciting to be part of The HUB family. I am now the part time project worker for The Sunflower Project providing support to children and young people experiencing a bereavement or serious illness in the family. This role requires me to provide information, advice and resources to parents, carers and professionals, as well as working with children and young people individually or in groups. What I do would be impossible without the support of a wonderful team of specially trained volunteers.
As I have a word limit I will not attempt to describe my journey to the HUB. In brief I am married and have two grown-up sons and a young Labrador. I love walking the dog, swimming in the sea in the summer, and taking on new challenges. I am a little concerned about the ‘no chocolate for 150 days’ challenge to support 150 years of Barnardo’s but it is such an amazing organisation I am pleased to be making the effort. This September I will start a diploma in counselling, which should link neatly with my studies over the last six years that include a number of OU courses and a Diploma in Childhood Bereavement.
I cannot overstate how amazed I am at what is achieved at The HUB. I remember the early drop-ins when we were thrilled that a young person had found the courage to cross the threshold or how the community supported the interventions by offering freebies. Today, I still admire every young person who comes through the door for the first time and there is still a buzz of excitement when staff or volunteers can report a success. It is a great privilege to work for an organisation that Guernsey has taken to its heart, with a team of staff and volunteers who are all passionate about getting it right and wanting to make a difference.
So I hope that I shall continue to hold on to the tail of the comet and I look forward to whatever comes next…….