Bristol born and raised, Naomi is our delightful Experience Coordinator. She works with Cameron to make sure that hosts get all the support they need when joining Yuup. She's the calm voice at the end of the phone if anyone needs help.
You'd describe Naomi as a warm soul that's interested in what anyone has to say. She's thoughtful and patient, which makes her perfect for her role!
When she's not singing, you can often find Naomi out and about in nature with her little dog Otis (who is a rather dashing fellow).
So, let's have a warm welcome for Naomi!
Hey Naomi! Would you like to tell us a bit about yourself?
Hey! I’m Naomi. Yuup’s Experience Coordinator. I’m Bristol born and raised and currently living south of the river in Arnos Vale.
I’ve been with Yuup since July 2021 and alongside my day job I am a singer and performer. You will usually catch me collaborating with other artists or singing as part of Sønder Choir. We are Bristol-based and our work spans multiple genres including gospel, neo-soul, and jazz.
Before Yuup I worked in various roles within music, the arts, and events, as well as at some of Bristol's independent food eateries. I’m a huge fan of indie culture, and love nothing more than seeking out a good coffee shop, homeware store, or record shop at the weekend.
People would say that I'm empathetic, smiley, warm, enthusiastic, curious, and that I love meeting people!
Likes: I like music, singing, gigs and festivals- I'm also keen to explore new places and cultures. I love having cuddles with my pup Otis and going for dinner and seeking out good cake. I find that being in nature helps calm my mind and is great for creativity!
Dislikes: Rude people (there’s no need for it). Poverty and social injustice.
Thanks Naomi! Would you be able to tell us more about what you do at Yuup?
As Yuup’s Experience Coordinator a typical day in my role is fairly varied.
I might be supporting a new host to go live on the website and showing them how to use the platform, or answering customer communications and managing bookings, or coordinating our host photo and video shoots for our website and social media, or working with our marketing team to get existing hosts involved in various campaigns that we run throughout the year.
The campaigns are really varied and I could be helping prepare for Valentines Day or mental health awareness week, or bigger ones like our summer activities campaign.
Sounds like you're a busy bee! What's your fave thing about working for Yuup?
I absolutely love getting to know all the lovely hosts that make up this thriving community and being inspired by what they do and offer.
It’s always such a joy welcoming new hosts onto the platform and seeing their workshops and classes sell out places and their businesses flourish as a result.
I also really enjoy slowly working my way through all the different experiences on offer! It's brilliant to be able to learn new skills and it's always fun to try something new.
I also love that I have the freedom to suggest new and exciting ideas for experiences on Yuup and that I have the space to input my own ideas into growing Yuup.
You said you're slowly working your way through the experiences, what have you done and are there any you have your eye on?
What have I’ve tried so far?! Hmm... Well, I’m really into exploring different wellbeing tools and felt absolutely nourished after my first ever Sound Healing experience with Bristol Intuitive Sound. I highly recommend it!
I had such a fun morning with the lovely Ella from Sorrel Studio who makes the most gorgeous terrazzo candle holders. Such a fun process that goes into making these, and I feel proud as punch looking at them on my shelf at home and thinking 'I made those.'
There are soo many experiences I still want to try! I’m slightly obsessed with interior design at the mo (having just moved house), so I really wanna get my creative design juices flowing at the become your own interior design workshop run by Rebecca Claire Designs.
I’m a huge Italian food fan so I love the idea of learning how to make my own pasta from scratch. Definitely have my eye on Cibomatto’s make a Northern Italian dish (Yum)!
Lots of different bits and bobs then! As a true Bristolian, what's the best thing about living in Bristol?
There's a number of things to be honest. I love St Paul’s Carnival and the street parties and festivals that Bristol has in the summer. Bristol's underground and live music scene is next to none, there's always music to be found in the city. Then there's the food glorious food! Such an incredible array of independent cafes, restaurants, pop-ups and street food!
Then obviously there's the three big C’s - creativity, culture, and community.
There's also a lot of green space- I love getting out in nature with my dog and friends and there's plenty of it about. To top it all off, the open-mindedness of the city and DIY approach to things is wholesome and welcoming!
Do you have any favourite haunts or hidden gems in Bristol?
Franks Vintage in Old Market is a new favourite haunt of mine, and I go there to pick up gorgeous homewares including ceramics and mid-century pieces.
Matina in St Nicks do the most incredible Middle Eastern wraps for lunch. They make their own breads and the mountain of salad on the counter is a work of art.
I love Ashton Hill Woodlands as it’s a perfect spot for exploring and standing under the giant Californian Redwoods. I always can’t believe this place is just outside of the city centre.
For dancing it’s got to be a night at Cosies, always good vibes, great music and nice people in attendance.
Thanks for the inside scoop into Bristol! Is there anything else we should know about you?
During the first lockdown, before I joined Yuup, I was furloughed and had some time to explore other interests of mine. I decided to take the plunge and train as a life coach and meditation practitioner!
I’ve always been really interested in wellbeing, self-development, and I love supporting others. I’m really excited to see where this new side-hustle of mine will take me next.
Working at Yuup feels like the perfect place to plant this seed. So watch this space!