My name is Charlene, but I much prefer ‘Chaz’
I am going to be hitting a big birthday next year…..but I’m not saying which 😂
I am a full time foster carer for 4 amazing children, and have been in that role for 10 half years now.
I now foster for my local council, I originally started my role with Barnardo’s
My work background is mainly admin and accounts payable, where I needed to be able to prioritise my workload
I’ve worked for companies such as Cusson International, Turning point, Co-op, Marks and Spencers and I have also worked briefly at Granada Studios.
I’ve never realy had a high flying role, within my work, the furthest I made was Team Leader of 15 people, I never really wanted to be a boss.
I am very much a people person, and I am extremely sociable…however due to my fostering role, socialising is very much a thing of the past…adult wise anyway.
I grew up within a ‘unusual family’, which impacted me greatly. But also taught me many things, which I can bring to my role as an Ambassador at the foundation.
I am compassionate, understanding, non-judgemental and a good listener. I’m great at giving advice to others, but struggle to follow my own advice.
I fight for the underdog, the people with no voices but most importantly I fight for justice.
If I don’t understand a subject and understand how best to deal with it or help with it , I will do my own research in my own time, and at my own expense, until I do.
If I had to say what my weaknesses were…..I would say, my passion and emotion can be seen as aggression. I also expect people to work as hard as I do…but know that isn’t always the case, which can lead to disappointment
I used to be an avid Manchester United fan, where I went to every home and away game during 1985-1994, but the club just outpriced me, so YES, I am now an armchair supporter….no more freezing nights on there terraces. I would much prefer now to attend live concerts…in particular Take That and Liam Gallagher….yes really….Oh did I mention I was born and bred in Manchester
My path crossed with Maggie back in 2002. Unbeknown to me, it would cross again.
I am here to help survivors of CSE turn pain into power.
I am here because I believe in Maggie Oliver and I am here to help build The Maggie Olive Foundation and to help as many survivors as we can reach.