Communications & Engagement Lead
Charlene Smith

I have been working in public health for a decade now. In New Zealand, I initially started supporting young people who had intellectual difficulties and then moved into roles where I was supporting young people and adults who were going through a ‘rough patch’ in terms of their mental health. In 2015, my partner and I moved to the UK. I wanted to stay in healthcare, but changed my approach slightly. I am now supporting people (professionals and patients) to tell their stories and enable them to develop initiatives that help them to provide bettwe care for their patients. 

I also have the fun job of meeting and working alongside many other professionals who work with children and young people in the community. I appreciate that we all have a role to play in supporting children, young people, and families to lead healthy and happy lives. 

In my spare time, I often like to go on adventures, both in the UK and also abroad. I enjoy finding out about different cultures, their history, people, and definitely their food. I also enjoy listening to live music, so look forward to any opportunity to listen to music in local parks, cafés, or shows. I feel that I should also say, I am of course a massive fan of dogs, all of whom I refer to as ‘puppies’!


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