Having been a care experienced young person herself, Jo was immediately drawn to VOYPIC and its mission of letting the voice of young people be heard. Having spent all her working life within VOYPIC, Jo works closely with the young people and hopes to make the difference that VOYPIC made for her.
How did you come to work at VOYPIC?
I was a user of the services. I was a young person. 27 years ago I went to the very first conference and have been involved ever since.
What impact did the VOYPIC community have on your life?
A massive effect. I met my husband through VOYPIC, so it’s impacted every aspect of my life, from my work to my personal life. My best friend, I met through VOYPIC, and she introduced me to her cousin and we’re now married and have two kids. We’ve been together 23 years. It’s all I’ve done work wise. I love my job.
Why did you want to work at VOYPIC?
I had been involved for so long and I really believed in the work. I’d seen the benefits of it, from the support that I had received from my workers. I believed in the organisation and I believed what they did.
What impact do you want to make at VOYPIC?
I think the impact I want to make is the same impact it had on me; that I can make a difference for one young person. Because I was that young person and it made a difference for me.
What is your best piece of advice for someone starting at VOYPIC?
It’s a tough job. But, if you have the staff and you take the banter and craic, it’s going to be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do.
What do you hope to achieve at VOYPIC?
That I help someone. VOYPIC gave me opportunities and I really hope that by being involved with VOYPIC I am able to do that for other young people.
If you had to describe VOYPIC in one word, what would it be?
Because that’s what it was for me. It changed my life