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Shirley Palmer has a background in education and community development, including youth work. She became Manager of Linking Communities in 2002. Linking Communities is a Black & visible minority ethnic network in Gloucestershire striving to create a level playing field for minority ethnic groups through capacity building. She has been involved with the project since 1996 when a successful bid to central government facilitated the creation of the organisation. Shirley is a trained Youth & Community Worker graduating from Bristol UWE in 2000. She worked for Gloucester City Council as a Community Development worker for three years providing capacity building support to local voluntary and community groups in the city of Gloucester.
In 1999, Shirley went to work for the Barton, Tredworth and Eastgate Community Trust where she was actively involved in the Sure Start, and Neighbourhood Management initiative (now called ‘Community Counts’) and a number of other projects funded by the European Social Fund. Whilst working for the Trust on a part-time basis, she was able to secure funding to facilitate the development of Linking Communities. Together with other individuals and members of the Linking Communities management committee they were able to secure Single Regeneration Funding from central government.
In 2002, she became manager and secured sufficient funding for three workers to enable the organisation to achieve their long-term goals and assist the community to actualise their vision and aspirations.
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Charlotte Morse has previously been involved with Voluntary Organisations in an Administrative role and so brings with her a foundation knowledge of organisational procedures, she as a scientific / mathematical background which enables her to be practical and methodical in her approach.
Her role within the organisation is as the organisation's nervous system by maintaining and evolving operational procedure. Charlotte is responsible for maintaining communication between the community and the organisation; its staff, management, volunteers and funders.
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