I was born in Wick, Scotland. I have travelled and lived in different countries over the years, currently living in West Yorkshire. My life has led me to meet women of courage and resilience; children with hope and dignity; and take journeys to places of inspiration. I work as the manager of a service for women refugees and their children called Women-in-Exile, based in WomenCentre, Kirklees. I am working on my doctorate with The University of Huddersfield researching women and children in the asylum process. My work has particular regard for women and children who face an uncertain future because of war and conflict, hunger and homelessness, persecution and racism, violence and disease, in their homeland or here in Britain. It is my hope that wherever women and children may be at a loss, and wherever they go, they find safety, support, freedom, hope and friendship. I believe the foundations of communities are often built on the strength and resources of women and children, and whatever our background we can come together, in all our extraordinary differences and similarities, for a better future for everyone.