Here’s a short introduction from Paulo Nunes de Moura, who has recently joined the Living Well in Communities team.
I’m delighted to have joined the LWiC team as a project officer, and I’m focusing on the Living and Dying Well with Frailty Collaborative. I’m enjoying learning the work, and feel that I also have a lot to contribute because of my previous work experience, both paid and voluntary.
Previously, I worked as an events coordinator, being the lead organiser of the 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference, which took place at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Other positions include working as a policy officer at the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, and in administrative posts at the University of Edinburgh.
I enjoy learning, and over the recent years I did complete Open University programmes for French and Spanish, completed a part-time master’s degree in Social Justice at Queen Margaret University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Robert Gordon University.
I also volunteered until recently at the Castlemilk Law Centre, where I completed detailed benefit application forms for clients living with complex physical and / or mental health conditions. This gave me an invaluable insight into the health issues that people face, as well as an appreciation for NHS online resources. I explored these with clients to identify information on conditions, as varied as schizophrenia, osteoarthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), with a view to gathering evidence to meet the necessary legal tests to access benefits.
Going off-topic a bit, another memorable experience from volunteering was meeting Queen Silvia of Sweden at a charity event in London, with whom I spoke briefly in Portuguese, as we are both Brazilian!
I’ve been enjoying working with many talented colleagues, who are very generous in sharing their great knowledge and enthusiasm about the fantastic work being done here. I’m also excited about having been given the opportunity to work with different professionals from organisations across Scotland. We are all focusing on improving people’s lives.
If you have any questions, then please do get in touch.