Seeing people that aren’t as lucky as others is really hard to process sometimes. Working here has really opened my eyes. It is a totally different world from what I knew.
Lindsey has worked for YMCA Doncaster as Executive Assistant since 2012.
Born in Pontefract, she now lives in South Elmsall with her husband and children. Lindsey explains that being a mother of two young girls doesn’t leave her much spare time to herself.
On a Sunday Lindsey serves as a Eucharistic Minister at the church she attends with her family. She gives out the wine for communion whilst her daughters serve on the Altar. Lindsey is also an active member of the PTA at her daughter’s school.
Lindsey’s first job was on a market stall when she was 14 years old.
“I was really quiet, but working on the market stall really brought me out of my shell. It put me in good stead for a job that was customer focused.”
When Lindsey left school she secured a job at a building society and remained with the company for 18 years, undertaking a number of different roles, only leaving to have her second child. Her next position was with a financial advice service where she worked for 7 years.
“Both of my roles were very customer focused and good customer service skills were very important. My job was to deliver an experience for the client.”
With the country falling in to a recession, Lindsey knew that it would hit the financial sector hard and made the decision to look for something out of that sector altogether. She saw the job advert for the YMCA and liked that the hours of the role would fit with the school run. She explains that she hadn’t experienced this sector at all:
“I was aware that there were homeless people. I knew these problems existed, but I had never been faced with it before. Seeing people that aren’t as lucky as others is really hard to process sometimes. Working here has really opened my eyes. It is a totally different world from what I knew. ”
Lindsey’s role is to provide administrative support to the Deputy Chief Executive, but she does so much more than that too.
“It’s a year round job getting Christmas ready. It starts from the day after I return from Christmas break to the following December getting everything organised. It’s a big job making sure everything is in order for 30 people. I also help to serve the Christmas meal every year. It’s such a nice part of my job.”
Helping to organise and oversee the annual Sleep Easy event is also part of Lindsey’s role.
“When you have put so much hard work in to something such as Sleep Easy and it works as well as it does to raise awareness of homelessness and to raise funds for the accommodation, it’s great.”
Lindsey is a bit of a dare devil. She and her husband once bungee jumped from a crane, just because she “fancied trying it”.
When she was little she won a fancy dress competition dressed as one of the Diddy Men complete with tickling stick!