Penny coordinates Biojemmss’ fundraising group, assists with the organisation’s fundraising strategy and gives individuals advice on fundraising activities.
Between 2000 and 2003, she helped a group of seniors set up an advocacy scheme, which became known as the Older Citizens Advocacy York. She supported it in becoming a charity and successfully applied for £180,000 of Big Lottery funding. Penny also organised a number of fundraising events for the group.
Between 2004 and 2011, Penny was a trustee of The Paristamen Foundation, a Christian grant-making charity that seeks to impact a wide range of projects through small grants. Penny uses this experience and insight in her work with Biojemmss. She also encourages others to contribute ideas and host fundraising events.
She currently works full time as a local area co-ordinator for City of York Council, supporting individuals to use their strengths and connect with their communities. She is also a licensed parenting facilitator.
Penny attends York Elim Church, where she is deputy safeguarding coordinator and teaches in Sunday school. Her hobby is trawling through charity shops in search of hidden treasures!
“I love the way Biojemmss treats its young people with such respect and dignity. It seeks to be a model of good practice, which others can follow.”