I’m Tanya. I’ve recently moved back to Birmingham (for the third time!) and on 5 January I started working for The Feast UK as the Field Development Manager. While this has nothing to do with farming, I have moved to pastures new many times in my life. These experiences have been part of my journey and decision to join this team.
Having worked in a variety of teams, environments and sectors, I have seen first-hand the beauty of diversity, but also the challenge it can bring. As a Christian, grappling with how my faith interacts with these different situations has been really important to me. I started to think about this when I was studying for a Physiotherapy degree at Birmingham University. How did my faith interact with my work in the NHS? Deciding that Physiotherapy was not the career for me, I moved on to an internship with a charity who spoke up about religiously-motivated violence around the world. My focus was on India. Feeling this was a little far away from the world that I lived in, I became a family support worker in east Birmingham with the hope of learning more about communities in Birmingham and the struggles many of them are facing. Wanting to be even further embedded in community, I moved to London and joined the Ladbroke Grove Eden Team which is a church-based team living and volunteering on a council estate in the west of the city. Alongside this I worked initially as a behaviour mentor in a secondary school and then moved to work as an account manager progressing to account management team leader for a company called The Key. The Key supports school leaders and governors.
When I was planning a move back to Birmingham (to be nearer my boyfriend) I heard about this role at The Feast and loved that my background and experience could be brought together to support such great work. In fact, one of my previous colleagues said “only you could combine your love of eating with your faith”!
It is a real privilege to be joining this team and I am looking forward to the opportunity to support The Feast’s youth workers across the country to develop the great work they are already doing – and there is much for me to learn along the way!