Olivia Byass-Smithies

Preferred Pronoun: She/Her

What do you do at Carefree?

Support-Worker for Separated Children Seeking Asylum
I provide holistic support to 16+ young people who are seeking asylum and living in Cornwall. This work ranges from youth work activities to helping with asylum claims based on the needs of the young people I work with.

What do you like about working at Carefree?

My favourite part of working at Carefree is the opportunity to build amazing relationships both with the young people we work with and the team around me. It is so fulfilling to be able to be part of other’s journeys and help support them in whatever way I can. I can’t think of a warmer and more welcoming place to work.

Can you say a bit about your past experience and qualifications?

Before working at Carefree I worked as a support-worker for Children 1st in Scotland whilst studying International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. I also have experience working for two international criminal justice rights NGOs, Death Penalty Worldwide and Justice Defenders, alongside volunteering for local agencies supporting migrants and refugees in Edinburgh.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

When I am not working I have a love-hate relationship, mostly love, with climbing the cliffs and boulders of Cornwall alongside my older sister. However, when I don’t have the nerve you’ll find me sat on the beach eating some sort of food and running in for a swim, rain or shine.