We are very excited to have a new OneKind team member! We’re delighted to introduce you to our new Social Media and Communications Officer, Niamh, who actually interned in our campaigns team back in 2017.
With her experience in communications and design and a first class degree in Zoology from University College Dublin, Niamh manages our social media channels and creates our communications materials. These include (but indeed are not limited to!) imagery & video content, blogs and email communications to support our campaigns and fundraising activities. As in-person meetings begin to resume, you’ll also likely see Niamh representing OneKind at events and demonstrations!
Niamh’s kindly answered some questions to allow you to get to know her. So, without further ado, meet Niamh!
Hey Niamh! Tell us a wee bit about why you wanted to join the OneKind team?
I saw joining the team as a perfect opportunity to use my passion for visual creativity and writing to advocate for animals. I actually first joined the team as a campaigns intern back in 2017. I was intrigued by OneKind’s positive vision and impactful strategies. So much so, that I moved over to Edinburgh from Ireland for the internship and packed my bags again for this job years later!
What were you up to before joining OneKind as our Communications and Social Media Officer?
I was the Communications Officer for an independent non-profit called Uplift, which is a community of people campaigning for positive social change in Ireland.
What are the values that drive you?
Working towards a more just world where all animals, both human and non-human, have their interests and needs respected.
Is there an issue we work on that particularly resonates with you?
The work being done by OneKind towards a real fox hunting ban in Scotland has always been a real inspiration for me. Coming from Ireland where it’s entirely legal to hunt foxes with packs of dogs, it’s heartening to see the ongoing progress being made here after years of tireless work by campaigners – and the potential for change back home.
Working in animal welfare is incredibly rewarding, but it is important that we take care of ourselves too! What does your ideal day off look like?
On my days off, I’m usually found animating, doodling in my sketchbook, or pottering around the kitchen baking vegan cakes.
OneKind runs a popular book club! What are your top 3 books?
- Charlotte’s Web
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- The Tao of Pooh