As a member of Network for Social Change, Jaqui was involved in setting up Regional Asylum Activism, was on the Advisory Group, and supported activities locally.
She is a social worker by profession and has been employed in both the voluntary sector (a residential setting for people with learning difficulties, a project for young care leavers, and a supported housing project for young homeless people); and the NHS (initially with a community drug team, then at a project for users of crack cocaine). Following a break to have twins, since 2010 she has worked in various volunteering roles in refugee projects including doing casework and engaging in campaigning groups. She co-coordinates the Growing Together allotment project for asylum seekers and refugees, directly supporting participants, as well as securing funding and charitable status, and chairing the Board of Trustees. She is also a Trustee of 42nd Street, a mental health charity for young people. Jaqui says: “I’m proud to stand in solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers, and I am particularly interested in supporting those directly affected to have an influencing voice”. In her spare time she is learning to unicycle!