By Andrea Saunders BSc (Hons) Health Wellbeing and Social Care
“I have a passion for supporting people and I am mostly led to supporting people who are at a disadvantage in life.
My passion for supporting people started in my teens when I volunteered for care work. Being young at the time it was very difficult as the work was very physical. I went to study hairdressing at Thomas Danby College, followed by an Art and Design course at Jacob Kramer College. I then moved on to support people with learning disabilities.
I was very fortunate to have the practical skills in creative design as well as the gift of encouragement and emphathy. This is where my passion for making carnival costumes began. I started designing costumes for the Leeds West Indian Centre. Many sleepless and late nights were involved until I was satisfied with the costumes as I had a visual idea as to what I needed to achieve. I also encouraged young people to take part in the processions which involved big costumes and individual troupe costumes.
Whilst juggling my skills and gifts, I went back into the social care field, where I studied Health and Social Care at Thomas Danby College.
This is where my skills for helping young people came to the surface. I then went on to the University of Bradford where I achieved my Degree. Against all the odds I graduated with a Honours Degree. I believe that everyone deserves the support in life which will enable them to become the person they aspire to be, with consistency.
I am the kind of person who will always help anyone to overcome any barriers they face in life.
I have 2 children who I believe also have the potential to do very well. I also believe that children and young people should be valued, as they are the future. They need good role models who can bring the best out in them.”
Encouragement By Andrea Saunders BSc (Hons) Health Wellbeing and Social Care
Andrea continues to support people with any barriers which are preventing them to achieve the life skills they need. She also supports people with learning disabilities. Her strong faith in Christianity also allows her boldness, determination and courage to flow from strength to strength. Andrea encourages anyone to go out there and do what you love doing, not forgetting to focus on your passion and skills.
The Sky’s the limit and the world is your oyster.