Meet Team buzz: Charlee
What’s your role within buzz Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service?
I'm the Neighbourhood Health Worker for Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall.
Describe a typical day at work…
My working day is anything but typical. I started my role in October 2020, just before we went into another national lockdown. A big part of my job is getting out and meeting people in my community, which was difficult to do when I first started, but I made use of existing contacts and digital meetings to get to know people. Now, I am usually out and about meeting people, having online meetings, writing reports and materials for the community, and getting involved with projects. I'm looking forward to my job changing as restrictions ease further.
What do you love most about your job?
The sense of community that I see occurring naturally. Seeing the amazing community responses during the COVID-19 pandemic made me so proud. I have been interested in community development for years, even doing a degree in public health to further my knowledge. I feel so lucky to do something I am so passionate about.
If you had to do another job for one day what would you pick?
I think I would like to arrange activities in a care home for older people. I absolutely love chatting to older people and hearing about their lives and cultures. It's also nice to discuss experiences and listen to stories but in all honesty… I am already in my dream job.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Now that restrictions have eased, I enjoy going to a café and meeting friends for a chat or to do some work. My university dissertation is due in September 2021, so I am spending lots of time writing that. My other main hobbies are watching romantic comedies and getting out for walks.
What’s your favourite thing about Manchester?
For me, it would have to be the history and culture around music and arts. I am a big fan of the music scene that was around in the 80s and 90s in Manchester. With the music, there came a wave of alternative fashion but always an inclusiveness, celebrating individuality which still lingers in Manchester today. Also, the people are lovely, it reminds me a lot of the community culture that's seen in many parts of Scotland (where I am from). I moved to Manchester in 2018 and I only knew one person, now I have made so many lasting connections, I am definitely where I should be.
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