Renata Pidduck
Fruit-full Communities Project Officer

“It’s a challenging  yet inspiring project, working with homeless young people to design and create beautiful outdoor spaces for them and the local community to enjoy. I love seeing the young people involved and excited…”

About Renata

When did you start working for LtL and what does your job involve?

I started at LtL in October 2011.

Managing the Fruit-full Communities Project is all about commitment, understanding, creativity and positive thinking! It’s a challenging yet inspiring project, working with homeless young people to design and create beautiful outdoor spaces for them and the local community to enjoy. I love seeing the young people involved and excited and I feel very proud when they become more confident and some even decide to go to college and study horticulture.

The 3 experiences that have best equipped you for this role?

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Working with Red Cross volunteers for many years taught me the patience and appreciation for the work they do (unpaid) and I feel that this has helped me work better with both YMCA clients and the volunteers that support this project.

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Being a mother made me more aware of children’s and young people’s needs and how just a little bit of help can improve their lives and give them a new direction. I feel that this project is in a way about giving the young people some time, attention, helping them learn new skills and explore different ways of living.

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I’ve always loved planning and organising and this role is all about that, whether its events, activities, resources or budgets.

Renata’s LtL Experience

What has been your best day at LtL and why?

The day I started project managing the Fruit-full Communities project. I have wanted to be a project manager for a long time and this was like a dream come true!

Why a tent?

The thing I enjoy the most are holidays with my family and being outdoors. I chose a tent as we love camping! It allows us to spend time together, cook, eat and play outdoors…and on a hot night, even sleep under the stars!

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