Case Study

Suzanne Butler

Sunderland, UK

BSc (Hons) Sociology


While at placement at a charity organisation Recyke Y' Bike, Suzanne Butler conducted research into the local area, demographics, statistics, local issues, transport and other forms of poverty as well as mapping out other organisations in the area. Suzanne wants to work for a charity organisation that works in poverty so this has given her a good insight into how charity organisations work, provided her with contacts and helped her hone research skills.

Recyke Y' Bike is a community organisation in Byker, Newcastle that donates recycled bicycles and provides transport and training for local people. While there, I conducted research into the local area, demographic, statistics, local issues, transport and other forms of poverty as well as mapping out other organisations in the area. The best aspects of the placement were the chance to visit the local area and speak to local people as well as learning more about poverty and deprivation in Newcastle.

I want to work for a charity organisation that works in poverty so this has given me a good insight into organisation in the area and provided me with contacts. It has also helped hone my research skills."

Sara Newson, General Manager, Recyke y’Bike: 

"Suzanne has been thorough and professional from start to finish. When we met to discuss the project she quickly understood what was needed. We're a small team and making time for research is just not feasible however all funders expect applications that evidence the need in the area. Suzanne was proactive in making contacts and setting up meetings. She gathered statistics across a wide range of relevant social issues from transport poverty to health inequalities.

She also scoped out what other providers were offering to avoid duplication of provision. Suzanne checked in regularly and actively sought feedback. I've been really impressed by Suzanne's attitude and obvious passion to make a difference."

Published 9 August 2019

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