I recognise and value the life-changing role this charity can play in turning people’s lives around.

Alison Fleetwood has served as a Board member of YMCA Doncaster since June 2019.

“As a once vulnerable young person myself, I recognise and value the life-changing role this charity can play in turning people’s lives around…” Alison told us. “The YMCA is a reputable, long serving charity providing high quality support to our local vulnerable young people.”

Born and bred in Doncaster, she’s a professional working full time, a mother to three children and a stepmother to two more. Alison’s career has been defined by her passion for helping others so it’s no surprise that she’s ended up on our Board of Governors, using her skills and experience to help us support the vulnerable young people of Doncaster.

After a brief spell as a fun factory assistant at The Cheswold (where she dressed up as a bear!), she started her career in Early Years before moving on to work in family support, nurseries, schools, children centres, and youth centres in and around the town. At the time of joining our Board of Governors, Alison was a Partnership Manager for the local authority, with a lead on Youth Voice. During this time, she helped to launch the Children and Young People’s Plan, The Participation Strategy, and the re-launched Youth Council. Since then, she has been seconded into the Early Years Inclusion Team to lead two regional projects that aim to improve speech and language pathways.

Behind all this great work, Alison has a heart for reaching the local young people, and it shows: “To me equality is not about treating everyone the same it’s about giving people the right support at the right time so that they can succeed. Life can sometimes leave you at rock bottom,” she carries on. “No one is immune to this. So I’m looking forward to supporting the expansion of offer available to young people. YMCA Doncaster provides a support system that is so crucial for young people and has the potential to carve a greater influence in the youth sector here in Doncaster.”

Alison brings a single-minded, strategic focus to the Board. “I’m confident in getting my voice heard – even if it isn’t the popular opinion,” she added. “And I only speak if I have something useful/necessary to contribute and am able to articulate my points clearly and concisely.”

And it seems she’s always had this go-getter attitude. She laughed as she told us how she became the first girl in her Scouts pack when she was younger: “My mum originally sent me to Brownies but it was very focused on ‘female stereotypes’ at the time with activities like cooking, cleaning and sewing. So I begged my mum to put me in Scouts instead so I could build dens, make fires and go on adventures.”

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