Sian Aldridge

Deputy Director of Operations

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Deputy Director of Operations

I love The Wallich’s approach to participation and progression. I am passionate about people and believe that everybody has a gift to offer society, regardless of their background.

Sian started working with The Wallich in 2008 with the Rough Sleepers Intervention Team in Bridgend. There, she championed service user involvement and volunteering.  

In October 2013, Sian began to manage The Wallich’s Resident and Service User Volunteer Programme (RSVP) across Wales. Her role continued to expand in line with the organisation’s development and progression into co-production and creating opportunities for clients including developing innovative ways to engage and involve our service users. She is passionate about helping people to engage in their communities through heritage, arts, culture and sport.  

After heading up our Participation and Progression team including our Working in Sustainable Employment (WISE) and Building Opportunities, Skills and Success (BOSS) programmes, Sian was recently appointed as Deputy Director of Operations where she will continue to lead on creative and innovative service delivery across all of our projects in Wales in addition to supporting our journey into becoming a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) Organisation.

Sian’s background is not in the third sector but has a unique perspective. For eight years, she worked for a solicitor with a Business Management degree. After having children, Sian made a conscious decision to leave her job in the corporate sector and put her skills to use helping people instead. We’re glad to say, she’s never looked back. 

Being homeless should not be a barrier to achieving goals or aspirations and I hope I go some way to helping people get where they want to be.

Specialisms

  • Criminal justice
  • Employment
  • Service user involvement
  • Arts, culture and heritage
  • Mobile operations
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) / Trauma-informed support
  • Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE)
  • Community engagement

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