I’m Elisabeth Sheppard and I’m an Assistant Educational Psychologist.
I was attracted to Bradford as it’s close to home for me – I live in Pudsey, which is right on the edge of Leeds. It’s a 20 minute drive to the office and I’m really close to many of the Bradford schools. I like the fact that Bradford is small city- the office is in the city centre and everything you need is close by- handy for nipping out at lunchtime! Bradford is such a diverse city and it’s full of culture- there’s often something of interest going on in City Park which we can see from the office window. It’s a great place to work.
I’m involved in a project around mental health in schools and promoting Mental Health Champions. My role, with a colleague, is to devise a series of assemblies for schools to raise awareness of issues in mental health, and to get these out in the open. It’s really interesting work and as well as supporting schools I’m learning a massive amount too.
There’s such variety here in Bradford- from the inner city schools to those out in small villages and towns. You don’t have to drive far before you’re out in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside! There’s a real team spirit- for example, in March we’re taking part in the Bradford Dragon Boat Race to support the charity Young Minds, and we’re holding events prior to the race to raise the funds. It should be really good fun. I’ve been working in Bradford since September and have felt really well supported by the team.