Although originally from just outside Glasgow, Mo has strong connections to Portsmouth. She moved down here as her husband is from the area and father-in-law is ex-Royal Navy. Both her children are being educated locally, one at school and the other at the university. Having lived in both places, she’s noticed that Portsmouth and Glasgow have a lot in common besides their ship yards.
‘I have seen the terrible effects of Tory austerity on working people in both places, with cuts to local services that many people rely on. With my background in social and care services for local authorities, and within the voluntary sector, I have seen it is the most vulnerable who are affected most.’ – Mo Quinn
She has a BA in Social Sciences, a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work and many years experience in working in challenging situations within communities. Mo has worked in child protection, assessed children’s additional support needs creating support plans with their families and carers, helped families in difficult situations stay together and provided support and resources to vulnerable families suffering through poverty, ill health, abuse or addiction.
‘There are many circumstances that can bring people down and not having a home of your own can have devastating consequences for people of all ages. Everyone needs a roof over their heads, but the most vulnerable are particularly affected by the lack of affordable and social housing. People shouldn’t be sleeping on the streets, it’s not a lifestyle choice…it’s a demonstration of need.’
– Mo Quinn
The skills Mo has developed through her work, are exactly those that the work of a councillor requires:
‘I’m a good listener, can understand and empathise with people from a variety of backgrounds, religions, classes and cultures, each with their own personal circumstances. I have helped people grow in confidence and with the right support, move forward in their lives with positive hopes for the future.’
Mo is determined to do all she can to support the needs of Copnor residents. She wants to hear what their concerns are and make their priorities, her priorities. She says:
‘I believe Copnor deserves a workable alternative and that’s what I intend to be.’