Karen has 16 years of experience within various community services roles, from serving with HM forces to community development work, such as youth work at schools, youth clubs, detached and outreach work. She has also worked within the mental health sector in the local community. Karen has a Foundation in Youth and Community Work to support the wealth of experience she has gained through all these various roles.
“I have worked for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service for the last 18 months; in that time, I have worked within the Community Safety Department as a youth worker in the Crimes and Consequences team. I have also worked in the training department at Earlswood, assisting with administration with the new recruits. My role at present is to provide support and assistance in delivering behavioural change and incident reduction projects with young people, through such schemes as the Crimes and Consequences, Phoenix and National Fire Cadets projects. These schemes run throughout the Mid and West Wales Service area. I also volunteer two hours a week with Llanelli Fire Cadets as a Cadet Instructor, it’s fantastic to see the Cadets gaining experiences and building confidence.
I was also nominated at the 2016 Celebrating Success Awards, for the Sports and Social Club Award for an outstanding effort by a team or an individual in the sporting arena, for my sporting achievement last year of winning the Welsh Welterweight Kicking Boxing Title.
I enjoy the variation of my work and I love that no single day at work is the same! Being a role model to the young people and helping them to achieve their potential in society is a special aspect of my job.”