The charity Shine has welcomed Laura Varma as its new Support and Development Worker in the Midlands.
Laura, who will be based in the Birmingham area, brings a broad experience of working with young people and families which will be invaluable as she supports people living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
Having graduated from Worcester University with a degree in Education and Sports Studies, Laura worked for Staffordshire Youth Service. There she managed a youth centre and worked on initiatives including a peer education project in Ethiopia and a social inclusion project and activities for young people with disabilities. During this time she gained a national youth work qualification at Derby University.
From 2008, Laura worked for a national children’s charity, The Children’s Liver Foundation, initially as their young people’s officer and then as their support team manager. She planned and delivered family days and youth’s residentials, co-wrote literature and resources for parents and adolescents, set up and managed social media platforms and offered one-to-one support for families and young people.
Laura says: “I’ve enjoyed working in the voluntary sector and am honoured and excited to be joining the team at Shine! I am looking forward to working with families here in the Midlands.”
Laura has two young boys and enjoys exercising when she gets a spare minute in her busy schedule!
Laura will be working on a part-time basis and can be contacted by phone on 07388 994785 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org, or via Shine’s national office on 01733 555988.