Emma has been a volunteer development associate of NGO Philanthropic Volunteers of Ghana (PHIVOG) since 2008. The organisation based in Accra, Ghana’s capital, facilitates volunteer placements and programmes across a wide range of areas such as education, media, arts, healthcare, law, sport and agriculture. The organisation aims to work in partnership with local people to develop voluntary activities that help to better the lives of socially disadvantaged communities & groups.

Emma is also a voluntary advisory committee member for Bristol based Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects (BYEP), an established provider of youth and community services in the three key areas; Employability, Enterprise and Community Cohesion.

In 2011, courtesy of Vodaphone’s World of Difference scheme championed by TV presenter Gok Wan, Emma spent 2 months volunteering with the Centre for Digital Inclusion Europe. She worked as an educational resource developer on its Apps for Good programme which supports young people to develop mobile applications that address issues and concerns in their lives and their communities.

(Header images from left: Emma and teacher Erica Sackey in Ada, Ghana; Emma with a community youth football team in the Nungua district of Accra, Ghana; Gok Wan, World of Difference Champion; Emma and Gok Wan, image by Wakenshaw Images. Images in text: South West Regional World of Difference Volunteers 2011 and the PHIVOG team).