Libbi in front of a river

Libbi Prestidge

Senior Programmes Development Officer

 

What is your motivation for working at UpRising?

Being part of other peoples' journeys is something that brings me so much joy. I believe our generation has so much energy for positive change and I have a real passion to support and be part of this. One of my UpRisers here in Cardiff recently told me something that really inspired me: 'Wherever you go in life, leave something positive behind you' - I absolutely love this saying and to me, it also means that whoever you meet in life, offer what you can to support their journey to be a really positive one. Having started with Coordinating the Cardiff Leadership and Environmental Leadership Programmes, and now working on the Future Generations Leadership Academy, the individuals I've met and worked with have definitely been a significant part of my own journey and shown me how much power we have to support and build up others.

What were you doing before you worked at UpRising?

In the final year of my undergraduate degree in Media, Journalism and Culture at Cardiff University, two things happened that really changed my path. The first was a module I took on Communicating Causes, and the second was the time I spent volunteering to support a couple of different community projects helping refugees and asylum seekers in Cardiff.  I realised my love for journalism and culture was actually a love for powerful stories, people power and influencing positive change. 

What is one piece of advice you would give your 18-year-old self?

This is something that I wish I had told my 18-year-old self because I'm still working on this now! It would be to not be scared of being out of your comfort zone. My time with UpRising has meant I've had a lot of opportunities to push myself and try new things. It's okay to be out of your depth - sometimes it's the only way to prove to yourself how well you can swim!