Karin shares some of her highlights of a career within community development.

"I saw the advert for a Community Development Officer at the time when I was looking for a job. I wanted to continue pursing community development, and I was happy to find a role in Carr Gomm that involved a combination of community gardening, growing food, and being outside."

"I have worked for Carr Gomm for seven years. I am motivated by the people I help along the way, through the various activities. I am driven by the sheer diversity that I can make for myself in the job to best help members of the community. I also like working in partnership with other organisations that have contacts with families in the area, and these close partnerships have led to many fruitful collaborations."

"I am autonomous, which I like, but the job requires a lot of lone working and managing complex people on one’s own. It’s not for everyone. I have got training as an Art therapist to stand back and reflect, but it can be very hard to see the trees from the wood."

"I can work with up to 50 people a week within different work settings. This is very rewarding. I enjoy being busy and the best part is the development support that I get and the freedom to experiment and develop my ideas. I cannot fault Carr Gomm for allowing me to go into many directions!"

"A typical day pre-Covid-19 would have seen me delivering probably one or two workshops, walking, growing food or facilitating cooking and blether workshops. It has also involved me in planning to develop sensory spaces."

The work dynamic has changed during Covid19. I have been delivering workshops digitally and I have also started a walking group again. Next year, I am looking to start up new a venture with members from Carr Gomm."