My name is Izzy Francke and I am the Recruitment and Inclusion Services Coordinator. I help to promote and market Babbasa’s Inclusion and Recruitment services to businesses in Bristol, and I am the liaison between clients who are looking to employ the young people we work with, and the engagement team who work directly with our young people! I answer questions, help interview and shortlist, coordinate meetings and take job specs! People who know me would describe me as enthusiastic, adaptable and giving (can you say that about yourself, eek?)

I was made redundant during the 2020 pandemic. I had to re-evaluate the direction my life was going in and make the tough decision to either seek out new employment or re-train and pursue a new path! I chose to enroll in a Masters of Science in Psychology program, and to work part time while pursuing it which is what I am doing now and led me to Babbasa. It was incredibly difficult to realise that I would not be employed at the end of a very hard year where my mental health was suffering, which is something I know a lot of people were and still are feeling. But it reminded me to reconnect with my deepest desires on a personal level and to not care so much about what other people think. I had to stop judging myself and measuring myself based on other peripheral people’s expectations and to recalibrate my life and purpose and go for the things I truly want. Lastly, it helped me to understand that in life you have to stand up for yourself and that I needed to not be a doormat for other people, especially at work. I deserve to be treated with respect and not undermined – and it’s okay to speak up and ask for what you need.

first met the Babbasa team last year when working for them as a business partner and I absolutely loved everyone’s drive and energy! I felt a connection with the business and the purpose that everyone is working towards. I love that everyone at Babbasa is honest and communicative, and tells it to you straight! Everyone works super hard, and has their hands in a bunch of different projects but we try to really help and support each other!

I have the (not unusual) issue of having too many interests! For the moment, I want to continue to grow at Babbasa and make sure the Recruitment and Inclusion services boom and grow! I also want to graduate with distinction or merit from my Masters next year and then pursue further training in the psychological sector, either working with individuals or businesses to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Three pieces of advice:

  1. Remember, it’s only easy if you know it. Nothing is just obvious. Do not be afraid to ask questions and google things and admit you do not know something. People always say life is short…I say life is long! You never really know what’s around the corner or how your life can change and expand. Just do your best in the moment and try to put one foot in front of the other — you got this!
  2. Breathe in while counting to four, and then breathe out while counting to six. Take a little walk. Have a little cry. Have a little laugh. Repeat as needed.


We believe Bristol’s most marginalised deserve access to support at their own pace, have their voices heard, and have access to real work opportunities.

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