Michaela Hollywood will be joining us as a project lead for the Youth Development Project. We spoke to her to find out what she’ll be working on and if she’s looking forward to joining the team.
She said: “I am really excited to be joining the Pathfinders team. My project focuses on giving young people with muscle weakening conditions the skills, knowledge and connections they need to live adult life on their terms and to fulfil their hopes and dreams. I hope to help as many people as possible by working on this project and I’m really excited to get going!”
Previously, Michaela studied at Ulster University, obtaining a degree in Public Relations, and then specialising in Political Lobbying for her Masters.
She has been recognised for her work on disability rights and inclusion, by former Prime Minister David Cameron and BBC’s 100 Women in 2015 and has worked in the charity sector for 6 years, and also has experience in working with disabled people on campaigns and personal development.
Michaela lives in a small village in County Down, Northern Ireland with her parents, her blind dog Charlie and her sisters live next door. Michaela employs a team of PAs to enable her independence at home. In her downtime, outside of work she enjoys watching snooker, playing The Sims, following American Idol, watching sci-fi or Disney, and volunteering on other projects for disability rights.