Karen is well known locally as both a childminder and a community activist. Five years ago, she founded a charity and family support group to help local people struggling financially. They coordinate efforts with other local charities, such as the Food Bank at the Hope Centre and via a network of people on Facebook. The charity provides things like a ‘Home Starter Pack’ which will contain a basic full kitchen set up for a new tenant. She’s co-founder of Friends of the Flower Park and won Tenant of the Year in 2016.