I’m 33, and I live with my parents. I work as a Learning Resources Assistant (librarian) at a Catholic secondary college, which has this year become part of a MAC (multi-academy company) to preserve Catholic education in the area.
I love reading (helps when you’re a librarian!) and I write poetry. I will publish poems on here, if they’re any good! Not all of them are!
I make my own greetings cards and jewellery (bracelets and earrings), which I sell at church. and my mum does a lot of baking for the church also, and for my fundraising work for the local homeless. I am very grateful for her support and enthusiasm for this. My church and my charity work are very important to me. I am a Christian and I believe God has placed me on this earth to help people as much as I can, in whatever ways I can. Unfortunately being kind, helpful and considerate to others often causes me more harm than good, because you often find yourself in the situation of not being able to do right from wrong!
My mum has given up work due to her health, and my dad works for the Department of Work and Pensions. He will retire next June, after over 40 years service. I am lucky to be blessed with friends, and they mean a great deal to me. My grandad is 85. I have an uncle, aunt and two cousins who live near to me. The uncle is my mother’s elder brother. They mean a great deal to me too.
I have a BA degree in Media & Communication Studies and Film studies from The University of Wolverhampton (2:1 or upper Second Class) and a MA in Film Studies from The University of Nottingham. I suffer from depression, panic and anxiety attacks, and Type 2 diabetes. The depression has ensured that I arguably (thinking in terms of my education) have not achieved what should be my full potential, as I do not have the mental strength to do it. However, looking at things from where I am now, I feel I am challenged plenty by my life, as many who work with children and young people will say. If you want to be challenged, try having a discussion with a group of teenagers!