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Trisha Bennett

Community Development Coordinator

Trisha moved to Whitley in 1980 and has lived here ever since. Trisha has been a qualified Community Worker for nearly 40 years having undertaken full time training in Community Education in Dundee in the 1970’s, resulting in a Diploma in Community Education and a post qualifying BA in Professional Development in 2006. Trisha is also an accredited Community Education Fieldwork Supervisor. She has worked in both the voluntary and statutory sectors and was a local authority community development officer for 14 years.

Trisha has been a freelance Consultant and Trainer since September 2004 and has undertaken a wide range of Consultancy and training contracts across the country. These include running very successful “Introduction to Community Work Skills” courses for a wide range of participants and consultancy and training for Community Matters on management of community buildings and complex governance issues. Other work has included tenant participation, team building and organisational development for a range of organisations in the statutory, voluntary and community sectors.

Since 2013 Trisha has supported this Big Local project now called WCDA.

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Mo McSevney

Small Groups & Financial Inclusion Development Worker

Mo used to work in IT. She moved to Whitley 9 years ago, became involved through community groups and has been with Whitley CDA since the formation in 2013. This is where she's been doing her dream job - helping people in the place she lives.

What's more - Mo's an activist; truly passionate about politics and people, and a mum of two.

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Aneta Banas

Whitley Researcher & Administrator

Originally from Poland – Aneta has lived in Whitley for the past 8 years but only recently started working in the community and she’s one of the busiest people you will meet: she’s the administrator volunteer for a local youth organisation; she’s just finished studying for her GCSEs and she’s joined our team as the Whitley Researcher and Administrator. Aneta’s married to a chef and they have two beautiful girls - who keep them busy too!

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Dr Saro Wallace

Museum Development Officer

Dr Saro Wallace has recently been asked by Whitley Community Development Association to help organise and develop their collection of materials (photos, documents, recordings, artefacts) into a more permanent museum-like arrangement, based in the community centre. Part of this involves asking people with connections to Whitley to contribute their memories of the area's geography (including buildings), institutions (pubs, schools, workplaces) people and events.

This could be via e.g. a Skype or phone call; a recorded interview made by Saro for the WCDA; a letter or message; the contribution of a press cutting, object or document, We are interested in it all!

Another part of the work - the documentation process - can make use of interested volunteers and involve their training in heritage-related skills. News will be posted regularly here and you can contact Saro with any questions. Saro is an archaeologist and artefact curator by training and currently a senior research fellow in the University of Manchester.

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