East Midlands Regional Support Worker
East of England Regional Support Worker
Working in the field of Holocaust and interfaith education for many years, I’ve seen first-hand how barriers can be broken down by the simplest of human interactions and the power of storytelling. Educating alongside Holocaust survivors and with people of different beliefs, it is remarkable to see how much we share and can learn from each other. I joined HMDT because I believe that Holocaust Memorial Day has a unique ability to bring us all together, whatever our differences, to learn from the past. HMD teaches us what happens when our common humanity is diminished and hatred is allowed to thrive.
As well as working for HMDT, I educate for the Holocaust Educational Trust, including taking sixth-formers to Auschwitz-Birkenau so they can teach others its crucial lessons. I also facilitate interfaith and cultural dialogue workshops for the Three Faiths Forum and am completing a doctorate in education examining the impact of these types of programmes.
Please do get in touch if there’s anything I can do to support you in establishing a new event or developing an existing HMD event in the region.
The East of England includes Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Greater London Regional Support Worker
I joined HMDT as the Greater London Support Worker in June 2016. I believe that it is vital that we as a society continue to remember and reflect on the Holocaust and subsequent genocides to ensure we critically engage with issues of persecution, hate and fear in our modern world. In such a vibrant and diverse city as London, I believe the marking Holocaust Memorial Day offers a chance for people to engage with others, share experiences, and build positive relationships within and across communities.
I have over 15 years of community and youth work experience, and have also worked in the Middle East and South East Asia training and supporting young leaders to develop as community activists and drivers of social change. I work as an independent consultant working in supervision and professional learning spaces, training and facilitation, and research evaluation projects in the community and youth sectors. I am originally from the New Forest, but am now based in north London.
North East Regional Support Worker
I also work for the Anne Frank Trust UK teaching children and youth about the Holocaust across the North East.
HMD is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the different genocides that have affected the world and to hear the powerful stories of victims and survivors. It is also a chance to share that learning with others, so if anyone is thinking about holding an HMD activity then please get in touch!
North West Regional Support Worker
Northern Ireland Regional Support Worker
Having worked in the education and heritage sectors, I am pleased to join HMDT as Regional Support Worker for Northern Ireland. I have always enjoyed and been moved by personal stories. It is a privilege to work with HMDT in ensuring these remarkable stories of Holocaust and genocide survivors, and the lessons they teach, can reach a wider audience. I feel our troubled past gives us a special affinity with these stories. It is vital that people learn to challenge hatred, prejudice and intolerance so I am pleased to support the work of HMDT. There are many activities going on demonstrating the importance of equality and diversity and I look forward to building on this work. I would like to hear from anyone seeking support in marking HMD in any way.
I am based in Downpatrick in County Down.
Scotland National Support Worker
I joined HMDT in July 2014 as the National Support Worker for Scotland. I have been a member of the Steering Committee for the National HMD Event in Scotland for the past three years and have had the privilege of working with lots of people and organisations to help them plan how they mark HMD.
Working on HMD has changed me. No other project I have worked on spurs me on to spread the word as much as this. Every year meeting the survivors and hearing their stories is an amazing and humbling experience. I'm very proud to be a part of the team and am looking forward to helping people from all over Scotland plan their activities to mark HMD. Please get involved - it will touch your life.
South East Regional Support Worker
South West Regional Support Worker
I joined HMDT in June 2016 as the South West Regional Support Worker. I am really looking forward to supporting groups and individuals in the region to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in 2017. I believe it is important for us to remember the atrocities of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides around the world; to pay tribute to those who lost their lives as well as those who lived through genocide and have rebuilt their lives since. As a society we all have a responsibility to help those facing persecution, which sadly still occurs today.
I also work as a Higher Education Adviser in the South West, providing information and encouraging young people to consider the benefits of university education.
The South West of England includes Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
Wales National Support Worker
I joined HMDT in July 2014 as the Wales National Support Worker. I believe that it is essential to learn lessons from the past to avoid repeating itself in the future. I am passionate about tackling injustice and discrimination, and am proud to work for HMDT.
I also work for Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil as the MAGNET (Merthyr Achieving Greater Networking and Engagement Together) Project Manager. MAGNET contains seven projects aimed at different sections of the community, such as Gypsies and Travellers, migrant workers, disabled people and LGBT individuals, to name a few. The aim is to encourage their voices to be heard by public service providers and influence the way in which services are delivered. I am based in the Swansea Valley.
West Midlands Regional Support Worker
I became involved with HMDT as the charity’s values fit with my own. HMD is important to me as I want to live in a safer, more equal world. It is crucial that in the West Midlands we discuss, commemorate and learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides.
My background is as a freelance Arts Event and Project Manager. In 2009, I founded OxjamBrum an annual music festival that raises money and awareness for Oxfam’s life changing work. Currently, I help manage the national Our Big Gig project and I look after one of the ten Arts Forums in Birmingham. I am based in Birmingham.
The West Midlands region of England includes Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, the West Midlands (county) and Worcestershire.
Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Support Worker