Danielle O’Connell has been appointed as the new Volunteering Development Coordinator for Forward Leeds.

Danielle previously worked as a Project Coordinator for the national mental health charity Student Minds, which supports students wishing to volunteer. Prior to that she worked for The Challenge, one of the providers of the National Citizen Service, a personal and social development programme where Danielle supported young people with volunteering opportunities and in developing their skills.

Danielle said: “The thing I’m looking forward to most about this role is working with people. Helping them to find the right volunteering role for them and supporting them to build their skills up. Hopefully for those that want it, I’ll be able to support them into paid employment as well I’m also an experienced facilitator so delivering the volunteer training will be great”.

“The reason I’m so pleased to be working at Forward Leeds is it gives me the opportunity to step back into working in the mental health field. That’s what I enjoyed in my previous roles and that was a big part of my master’s degree”.

Danielle has an MA in Applied Theatre and Intervention from the University of Leeds.

To contact Danielle about volunteering with Forward Leeds you can call 07394 563585 or email danielle.o’connell@forwardleeds.co.uk

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