It was through the experience of being a ‘young mum’ that Katy truly became the person she is today. Understanding the odds that were stacked against her; a young, black, single mum, from a working class background, Katy made every effort to build her skills, knowledge and network to provide a more colourful world for her daughter and to not fit the stereotype.
Katy is actively involved with her local community in Waltham Forest, having been a paid Young Advisor to Waltham Forest council since the age of 12, she is often sharing and suggesting new ways in which to positively engage young people and how to increase their life chances.
Following on from life chances, Katy is currently a ‘Parent Governor’ for her daughter’s old nursery school, and has taken on the lead officer role for the premises, ensuring that each child (2-5yr olds) have a safe, welcoming and fun environment to which they can learn and prosper, and a nursery school which the parents can be proud and confident in sending their child(ren) to.
Within Waltham Forest, there is a flagship women’s organisation – Waltham Forest Women’s Network which Katy is the ‘Youth Engagement’ lead which aims to have more women feeling supported and empowered, no matter their circumstances or backgrounds.
In addition to all of this, Katy has her own Community Interest Company (CIC) called ‘Powerhouse: Training and Consultancy’ which aims to train young people in networking, public speaking and building their brand, and boosting their confidence. She also offers safeguarding and youth & community engagement training to staff and professionals. The consultancy side of the company advises organisations and authorities working with young people, how to meaningfully engage and involve young people in projects and services they are creating.
Katy is in the process of running for Councillor in Waltham Forest, a very new experience which she was thrown into, however, she believed it was super important to have a greater representation of people as councillors, who are reflective of the community. She has successfully been selected to stand as a candidate in her borough and hope with the achievement of being elected in May, she can inspire other young people from a similar background, to climb higher and see beyond the barriers.
Combining all these experiences and roles, Katy is very passionate about empowering individuals, mainly the young and the vulnerable, to find their inner magic and allowing them to be the changemakers of their own lives and taking back control.