Barry has lived in Bridport since 2013. Now retired, he previously taught multi-ethnic background students in an inner-city Birmingham college and then worked as a senior national trade union official for 19 years. He has been active in a number of anti-racist campaigns. His other local work includes Citizens Advice, driving the Saturday CB3 bus from Crewkerne and organising the Dorset Red socialist choir.
Richard worked as a housing rights adviser in North Kensington before joining Citizens Advice where, working with Shelter, he helped establish and run a national housing advice support scheme. He was later Director of the Advice Services Alliance, providing a range of services to and on behalf of advice organisations.
Ann wanted to be involved because she felt bringing a refugee family to a town as friendly and welcoming as Bridport would not only help a vulnerable family, but we, as a town, would be able to see how ordinary people like ourselves can really make a difference.
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Following a childhood in Sudan and Nigeria, Margie returned with a BA from the University of Ibadan. She worked in theatre and the BBC as a TV Producer. She moved to Dorset and worked as Artistic Director at the Marine Theatre and then became Programme Manager at Bridport Arts Centre. Since retirement she has volunteered and fundraised for the Women’s Refuge and Youth Centre. She loves dancing, sea swimming, tapestry.
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Lucy is a jeweller with a BA from Camberwell College of Arts and runs her shop in Lyme Regis. She was a Town Councillor for 10 years and managed a local adult learning centre for 5 years, spending most of her time applying for grant funding. She has been politically active all her life, especially around anti-racism. In 2016 she organised fundraisers for refugees and volunteered in the Calais camp.
Julie is a retired ESOL teacher and school Librarian who has been involved in anti-racist and gender equality work for many years. As a teacher in the Midlands she worked with many different minority ethnic groups to establish community-based language classes. She has lived in Bridport for 8 years and during that time has worked for Citizens’ Advice and Readeasy, the charity which supports adult learning.
Alistair is a retired College teacher. He taught in Inner London from 1985 until 2000 and then went home to Oxford where he’s from and taught there until 2016 when he retired. He has lived in this area before, working in a hotel in Lyme Regis in early 1980. He moved to Bridport in 2018 and is very happy living in such a vibrant, interesting and socially minded town.
Catherine is a social worker who has worked with children and young people in care including with asylum seeking unaccompanied minors from the Middle East and Africa. As well as working in the UK she worked in Australia in safeguarding and child protection services with migrant communities and with Indigenous Aboriginal communities. Originally from the Midlands she loves living in Bridport and is passionate about supporting refugees.
Mark was a senior manager in broadcast and information technology for the BBC and other technology suppliers for 25 years. Since then Mark has been advising the luxury hotel industry on environmental issues. He has always been active in the local community and spent 15 years on the crew of the Lyme Regis Lifeboat. Mark has been involved in anti-racism campaigns and volunteered at the Calais refugee camp.
Alan retired to live in West Dorset three years ago. He has a background working at senior levels in Probation Services, spent many years as a visiting Lecturer at Middlesex University on Youth Justice and Forensic Psychology courses, has been a Long Arm Practice teacher and worked for MU Ventures. He is a former Trustee of Carers in Hertfordshire and was an interim Trustee of the Greenwich Inclusion Project.
Melanie moved to Bridport from Ottery St Mary, where she set up a support group called ‘Ottery refugee response group’. The group fundraised and supported ‘Abide’ to bring the first community sponsorship family to East Devon in 2016. She is keen to help bring a family to Bridport as she has seen the richness that the family have brought to a small community. Melanie works for a local homeless charity.