We’re very excited to introduce you to our new InterAction Manager Yvonne Cheung, who will be leading the team providing our innovative Drop-in service offering a friendly, accessible, interactive and supportive environment to help new and other migrants settle into their local community.
It’s always lovely to find out more about new members of staff, especially when we’re not all in the office together, so read on to get the lowdown on Yvonne…
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I came to the UK from Hong Kong when I was a teenager. I am very grateful that I have been able to study, work and live here ever since. I am now a wife and mother, a project manager, a law student, a noodle lover, and I love to spend time with my family and friends. I also really enjoy reading. I always learn something new and it helps me recall precious moments in my life, it makes me happy and feeds my curiosity. A good book is like a best friend to me.
What’s your career background?
I have a background in providing advocacy support for individuals from the BAME, asylum seeker & refugee communities for health and social care related issues. I worked with people who needed assistance to understand their options and assert their views, choices, and opinions in relation to the services that they received. Before I have joined Action Foundation, I supported people at different stages of the court process at a charity in Newcastle, providing practical, procedural, and emotional support in many areas of civil and family legal proceedings.
What’s your new role?
I am the Project Manager of the Interaction Project. I will be working together with Celia, Lizzie & Lesley to provide our drop-in and aim to empower the people that we serve. I love meeting people from different cultures. Not only because I can exercise my taste buds with a wide variety of cuisines! I also find it amazing to pick up different slang expressions and habits that people use in their own cultures. These friendships move me even further towards acceptance and tolerance and allow me to take on different situations in life with ease.
What drew you to apply for a job at Action Foundation?
All members from Action Foundation have dedicated hours of time and effort to ensure that the people we served are getting the right support and services while in the UK. Without the true belief and dedication of the organisation, it would be impossible to improve people’s wellbeing and life experience. As a member of the BAME community myself, I want to share my experiences and contribute my skills to support the good work of Action Foundation, to tackle marginalisation and get fair treatment for the asylum seeker and refugee communities.