Janey’s view of Women in Public Office

Serving on a board as a patron has been the most amazing experience for me. I am the sole patron of the Dumbarton Road Corridor Addictions Forum, it’s a really long name and I want to change it, but basically it stands for helping kids understand addictions and to help them make decent informed choices.

Heroin addiction and its effects are very important to me, my brother is an addict and I lost over twenty friends to heroin overdoses. I am committed to helping them.

So, being the person who tries to help and lend a face to a charity or board comes with big responsibilities and expectations. I am rubbish at it to be honest; I just want to take all the kids and run away to a land free from stress and hug them, laugh with them and try to control their lives in the best possible way. That’s very wrong, trust me!

I run workshops about confidence building and my daughter Ashley does film making with them, we try to raise awareness by organising functions and bringing the community together on various projects. My other job is to make sure they get decent press presence and keep their profile up.

The other side of working in a public capacity is that YOUR behaviour reflects the charity. I am a stand up comic, I am liberal, I can swear onstage and be pretty outrageous with my comedy and yet I am the charitable person who represents an organisation! I don’t let it hinder me as my outspoken attitude is somehow what gets things done.

I have been asked to be a patron for other organisations but have refused as I either didn’t like their ethics or refuse to be associated to a religious group.

The complete and utter downside to working in a public office is the sheer boredom of their awful dreary meetings! I know that sounds disingenuous, but I am not really up to board meetings with over head projectors and various facts and figures, but I sit quiet, try not to doodle semi naked men on my spreadsheet and occasionally throw in a question.

I am better at hanging out with the teenagers, doing comedy for them or just listening to their ideas about to face inner city life.

I may not be a good patron and public office is not really for me, but the results are always worthwhile. Watching the young kids getting their community awards and watching them become peers for their own younger class groups is worth all the dull meetings and chronically boring paper work involved.

I knew I should have attended secretarial classes at school and not hung about the woodwork classes chasing boys with a staple gun…

Multi-award-winning Scottish comedienne, playwright, award-winning blogger, best-selling author and former Scotsman newspaper columnist Janey Godley has performed her comedy shows and one-woman play around the world, including off-Broadway in New York. She is a regular on BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute.

In 2006, Janey was nominated and was close runner-up for the annual Scotswoman of the Year title as ‘the most inspirational woman in Scotland‘. At the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, she won the Spirit of The Festival Award.

A regular 5-star performer at the Edinburgh Fringe, in 2008 she won the Fringe Report Award as ‘Best Performer‘ and two Nivea Funny Women Fringe Awards – as ‘Best Stand-Up‘ and, overall, for ‘Best Show‘ as “one of the most prolific and extraordinary stand-up comedians working in the UK”. In 2008, she also won Edinburgh’s WAG of the Year Award as ‘Best After Dinner Speaker‘, was nominated as ‘Best International Guest‘ in the 2008 New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards and was voted No 3 by readers in London listing magazine Time Out’s list of Top Ten Comedians.

In 2009, her new Edinburgh Fringe show Godley’s World received three 5-star reviews.

Throughout the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe, she performed her new solo stand-up show “The Godley Hour” to rave reviews and appreciative audiences and, with her daughter Ashley Storrie, a children’s show “Tall Storrie & Wee Godley”.

Janey Godley

Janey Godley

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