Our new Children & Youth Support Coordinator

Our new Children & Youth Support Coordinator

Date: 11 October 2021 | By: paul

Here at the Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales, we are pleased to announce the arrival of our new Children & Youth Support Coordinator, Nikkila Thomas.

Nikkila Thomas

As the Children & Youth Support Coordinator, Nikkila will be responsible for providing support to children and young people suffering with kidney disease and their families. Part of the role is to engage with key stakeholders in order to develop transition programs, an educational program for children moving into adult services.

Additionally, the Children and Youth Support role focuses on developing current services, that will inevitably improve the quality of life of our beneficiaries. Nikkila will be responsible for coordinating activity competitions and fundraisers and regularly producing a KIDS Newsletter, which offers children and families updates and activities. Nikkila, joins the post following Anna Powell’s move to Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Kidney support is close to Nikkila’s heart because a family member was diagnosed with kidney disease. She found the Paul Popham Fund website when researching kidney disease, trying to find out more about the condition.

Speaking on her new role, Nikkila said:

“I am thrilled to start my post at the Paul Popham Fund. Being involved in promoting the charity’s vision in raising awareness and supporting the community is extremely rewarding, and I’m looking forward to developing and aiding the Children and Youth Services further.”

Nikkila comes to the role very well qualified after having chosen to further her studies in community engagement and outreach, mostly researching music education and delivering music workshops in primary schools.

We have also made an internal move: Anna Powell has moved from Children and Youth Engagement Officer to Volunteer Coordinator. In her new role, Anna is now heavily involved with the management and recruitment of volunteers for the charity, while also training existing volunteers.

With a background in recruitment, this role is perfectly suited to Anna, who will also be responsible for raising awareness in schools.

Anna Powell, our Volunteer Coordinator, said:

“I am very eager to start my new role as Volunteer Coordinator and having the chance to go to local schools and raise awareness of our ‘Believe in Yourself’ campaign, which has been at the forefront of the charity’s vision. Believe in Yourself originates from Paul Popham, who aimed to strive and succeed despite his diagnosis with kidney disease. Its use in school aims to resonate with students whether affected by kidney disease or not, and reinforce the notion of believing that you can do anything, even in the face of adversity.”

Additionally, Anna will also be involved in recruitment for the charity’s Kidney Cafe, fundraisers, ambassadors and peer mentoring service.