This is me - Natasha Saunders
To celebrate what makes everyone so unique and special at DLG, we spoke to eight of our colleagues to find out what make them - well, them
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I am mixed race
My dad is British, from East London, and my mum is Indian Malaysian. She moved to the UK in the late 60s, and that's when she met my dad. I'm quite pale, so nobody knows this about me unless I tell them. But my heritage is something I am very proud of, and even though I'm pale in the winter, I get a lovely tan in the summer.
I am a runner
I run a lot – at least a few times a week. I picked up an injury a year ago and I've been really trying to get back into it ever since I recovered. I used to run 10ks regularly, and I'd like to get back to that level. I don’t know whether I'll ever have a marathon in me though!
Running is a great stress reliever, it helps you forget it all for a little bit. It's especially nice after a hard day's work, when you've been sat at a desk for most of the day. And, if you keep it up, it's also great for reducing anxiety, but I'll talk more about that later.
I am a salsa dancer
I have been dancing since 2010. I met my partner Richard through it, and we've been together for four years now! There is a huge salsa community in London, if you go out on any night of the week there will be a salsa night on. There was a time when we used to go out and dance several times a week – but now it's more like once or twice, and whenever else we can squeeze it in.
Dancing is a wonderful way to escape. You go out, you dance, and you dance with lots of other people – which is fun. It's not like Strictly, where you have one person you dance with and that's it. It's really quite sociable. I don't take it too seriously, though. To me it's just a nice way to chill out and get some exercise. If I was to compete, I'd have to train every day and it wouldn't leave any room for anything else.
I am a numbers geek
I joined DLG as a graduate with a degree in mathematics. Back then, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, I just knew that I was good with numbers. Now I'm an actuary in our Finance Team, so I'm working with numbers and trying to explain those numbers to people in layman's terms to help them work with the data. It's challenging, but I love it. It definitely keeps me busy, and no two days are same.
I am sensitive
Life hasn't always been about salsa dancing, 10k runs and numbers. In fact, it’s been a little hard at times. But I've found some excellent ways to cope when things get tough. Having friends to talk to and supportive, understanding managers has really helped me come through the hard times. Sharing is caring, after all.
I have benefited from people supporting me, so I now I want to support others by doing the same. This is why I have taken on a few extra duties in my role, purely so I can help people feel better.
I am not ashamed of my mental health
I have struggled with my mental health, especially with anxiety, in the past. DLG really cares about people’s health and wellbeing and promoting mental health has been a key focus across the organisation over the last couple of years. I've had a lot of support from them in my time here.
I joined the neuro-diversity DNA strand to speak about my own experiences of mental health, and I'm now helping to run a wellbeing initiative within the finance department. It's focused on raising awareness about the support we have available to us. There's plenty of it, and I'm the proof that it works, so I want people to know about it.
I am DLG
I have worked here at DLG for nearly 12 years, and I can tell you, it's a company that really lives by its values, day in day out.
One of the reasons I've stayed for as long as I have is the culture – it’s a really special place to work. The people here always go out of their way to help you, no matter what. It's in our nature to put others first, because it’s the people who make us who we are.
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