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Our Challengers Star: November 2016

Since 1979, Challengers staff have been working hard to make sure children and young people have an awesome time at Challengers! Every month, we shine a light on one of our Challengers stars. This month it’s the turn of Jantien Kwekkeboom (pictured right above), who is one of our Project Officers.

What do you do at Challengers?
I’m a Project Officer, so on a day to day basis I make sure all the logistics like buses and venues for my schemes is arranged. I currently manage the Activity Overnighters and 2 other schemes (Andover Youth and Basingstoke Play), so there are also lots of things to look after, ranging from care plans for young people to liaising with staff and social workers.

What made you want to work at Challengers?
I looked at the website and the non-exclusionary aspect of play really struck me, as I feel play should be accessible to all!

What is your favourite thing about working at Challengers?
There are two favourite things at Challengers for me; one is the people who work here, and the other is the people we work with. The people in the office are always fun, really lovely and there’s a good sense of working towards a coming goal. The young people we work with are all the most lovely people in their own way. Whether they have learning difficulties, use a wheelchair or attend Challengers because their friends do, they all in their own right make Challengers what it is.

What keeps you up at night?
Having eaten to much chocolate in the evening and the music teacher next door practicing his trombone skills.

How would you describe the Challengers team in three words?
Fun, dedicated, loving.

Challengers to me is…
A really nice place to work, fulfilling my vision of wanting to create safe spaces for those who need one.