I became a member of Yorkshire Co-operative in 1988. I have served as an elected member on the West Yorkshire Area Committee for the last 3 years. I have had responsibility for promoting Fairtrade and have been active in promoting our members’ Community Fund helping our local communities become resilient and vibrant places to live.
I work as a Macmillan Nurse, caring for people with terminal illness in Bradford. This helps me understand the problems facing the community I serve. The economic crisis is threatening to end services that ordinary people have relied on since the Second World War.
I have developed the ability to listen deeply to people’s needs and problems, and find solutions to complex and challenging issues. I believe this knowledge and experience has helped me make a valuable contribution in shaping the business and social goals of the Co-operative.
Since its beginnings in the mill towns of northern England, the Co-operative has had a vision of a just and sustainable society, and how to make that a living reality in ordinary peoples day to day lives. The values and principles of the Cooperative offer people hope in an increasingly challenging and uncertain future. More than ever we need to evoke the principle of mutual aid to help create a co-operative society where all can flourish.