Climate Hero – Lisa Heffernan, Levenseat

Name: Lisa Heffernan

Company: Levenseat

Job Title: Community Engagement Officer

School: Matched with Lanark Grammar School, South Lanarkshire

How I chose this career path: 

After leaving school in S6 I joined the Royal Navy for 6 years. This gave me fantastic opportunities in the world of work however I wanted more. After I left the RN, I found myself gravitating towards working with young people, especially vulnerable young people. I have worked supporting post 16 students not in education, employment or training, primary and secondary schools supporting additional needs students as well as being a Foster Carer.  

I decided to attend university of Portsmouth at the age of 29 studying for a BSc (Hons) Human Communications degree, which gave me experiences and formal education needed to work with young people with additional support needs. After a big move from England back to Scotland I have seen an opportunity at Levenseat. My role as the Community Engagement Officer at Levenseat allows me to engage with local authorities and young people in a unique way, focusing on education and employment to engage with young people on waste and recycling with tailored made content.  

Why Climate Heroes is important to me: 

As a rural, we are committed in supporting local young people gain knowledge about waste recycling and showcase employment opportunities. We are the industry leaders in converting waste into resources supporting Scotland in improving sustainability. 

Throughout my employment journey, I have seen first-hand the difficulties facing young people finding employment especially if you have an additional need. My passion is supporting ASN young people were possible through engagement with a focus on employment and education. 

Twitter: levenseatWM 


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