Hello, my name is Nancy. By the age of 19, I was proprietor of a successful fashion retail business prior to migrating to the UK in 2001.
Over the last 21 years, I have worked in retail sales and hospitality management. My working experience has enabled me to develop the ability to communicate at different levels, make decisions, organise time, and plan strategically to achieve set goals. In 2014, l completed my degree in Applied Psychology Counselling and Health which equips me to understand issues around mental health and wellbeing as well as the needs and behaviour patterns of diverse individuals, groups, and cultures. This understanding has allowed me to carry out my duties as nominated volunteer co-chair to the project manager on the Healthwatch BwD Mental Health and Wellbeing Task Group.
I find great fulfilment and purpose working to improve the health and wellbeing of all individuals. Consequently, I looked for opportunities to get involved in the community as soon as I settled in the UK and have volunteered for several non-profit organisations since 2003. Through volunteering, I have undertaken responsibilities in various positions and gained experience working to motivate and mentor individuals and groups to promote personal independence, advancement and encourage integration. Working with the most socially deprived communities in the UK has allowed me to understand the circumstances that impact health and wellbeing negatively thus limiting both personal and social growth. I believe that my personal experiences and the varied practical skills I have acquired over time will be useful in ensuring Healthwatch excels.
I am self-motivated, determined, dedicated, observant, hardworking and resourceful.