I've solid experience interviewing people of all ages about a range of subjects, both in the UK and internationally.
As a paid employee or freelancer, I’ve travelled extensively as part of my work – from the mountains of Tajikistan, the war zones of Sudan to the wreckage of post-earthquake Haiti. Working with photographers and film crews or independently, I’ve sensitively supported people as they have shared their personal stories, from six-year-old children who are orphaned by AIDS to 90-year-old widows who have been robbed in their home.
I apply the principles of the Red Cross Code of Conduct when gathering stories and as a former ChildLine counsellor have had CRB enhanced clearance.
International writing and interviewing has covered the following issues:
British prisoners on drug smuggling charges in Buenos Aires’ jails.
- Protecting the rights of the indigenous Wichí people on the Bolivian border.
- Quechuan people affected by malnutrition and climate change in Andean village communities.
- Farmers affected by the global food crisis and climate change.
- Education projects for blind and partially-sighted adults and children.
- Adults affected by AIDS or living with HIV in Phnom Penh.
- Income-generation projects for those who have fled their homes during civil conflict in Sincelejo, Cartegena, Barranquilla and Medellín.
- Human rights work in Cali, and Cazuca and Ciudad Bolívar in Bogotá.
- Income-generation projects for older people in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.
- Gender-equality projects and public-health work with women with leprosy or at risk of domestic violence in remote villages in Maharashtra State and Delhi.
- Documenting the fair trade manufacturing processes of ceramics and jewellery suppliers in Jaipur.
- Vulnerable older people in Lodwar who have been affected by ongoing drought and tribal conflict.
- Post-conflict community projects, such as health education and water and sanitation provision in Monrovia.
- Family and child sponsorship programmes that support those at risk of relying on institutionalised care.
- Soup kitchens and home help for isolated older people living on the breadline.
- Documenting the impact of older people's self-help groups in Kyaiklat Township and Pathein.
- Water and sanitation education and provision, and emergency feeding programmes in Darfur for those affected by the civil conflict.
- Primary- and secondary-aged children abandoned to state care and living in institutions.
- Children and young people living in child-headed households and orphaned by AIDS.
- Community-based groups helping to set up a network of volunteers to support those affected by HIV and AIDS.
- Adults and children living with physical and learning disabilities, such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.