Co-ordinator, Sheffield Cohesion Advisory Group
Jeni is passionate about community development and has developed her work with communities in the UK and Latin America over the past 25 years. Much of her recent work has focused on the integration of refugees and asylum-seekers into UK life and encouraging the voices of those with direct first-hand experience of the asylum system to be heard in influential places. Her current focus is on how austerity is affecting inclusion. As a skilled mentor, project manager and convener of networks, Jeni continues to support refugees and develop projects that encourage understanding between host communities and new arrivals while investigating what makes a meaningful interaction that supports social cohesion through PhD level research at the University of Sheffield. She convenes the Yorkshire and Humber Health Stream alongside her role as National Secretary of City of Sanctuary, co-ordinates the Sheffield Cohesion Advisory Group and is involved in a national refugee youth music initiative.