We’re delighted to welcome Bridget Stratford MBE to Action Foundation. Bridget is going to be managing our brand new project supporting children, families and young people from asylum seeking or refugee backgrounds. Welcome Bridget!

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi, my name is Bridget Stratford. I’m from Newcastle and I studied Psychology at Newcastle University for five years, qualifying as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. I worked for South Tyneside Hospital Trust, triaging and treating patients with mental health conditions. I’ve also been a Youth Worker for the Nunsmoor Centre Trust in Fenham and I’m currently a Trustee at Beamish Museum. Outside of work, I really enjoying swimming and surfing!

What’s your career background?

I set up and delivered North East Solidarity and Teaching (N.E.S.T) from 2016 to 2023. I’ve also done some work with Pittsburgh University on the Emerging Global Leaders Residency Programme. I am on Northumbria Police Strategic Independent Advisory Group, I am a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum Hub and I also sit on a number of groups and boards. I have also worked as a Refugee Welfare Rights Advisor with The Hub.

What’s your new role?

I am Project Manager of the Children, Family and Young People’s service. We will be forming a fourth project designed to provide services and support work for refugee and asylum seeking children, families and young people.

What drew you to apply for a job at Action Foundation?

Action Foundation is an incredible organisation which I have been able to work with over the past four years. It’s fantastic to now have the opportunity to be able to come on board with the team to set up this new service which is much needed in the community. I feel very lucky and grateful to be here.