Coming from a Youth Work background my interests have always been in building the capacity of the services and environment within which young
people live and learn. My 14 years’ experience is varied – from working with young homeless people – to developing detached community based youth work- to setting up and managing a Mentoring Plus project for Crime Concern. In doing this work I have acquired considerable understanding of the ever-changing (and some static) issues that relate to young people and various strategies developed to address them.
Throughout my involvement with different projects, developing staff, volunteers and young leaders has always been at the fore. For instance at Mentoring Plus I was responsible for the recruitment and training of 50 local volunteers each year. Integral to the training was conveying a message of reducing youth crime and promoting community responsibility, whilst working towards empowering the young people on a personal level.
I trained at the YMCA George Williams College where I completed a BA Hon’s in Informal and Community Education. Following this I undertook assessor training through an organisation called Young @ Now; City & Guilds 7306 – D32 & D33, LOCN and ASDAN in order to more effectively support those I worked with to gain accreditation. I also have a post-graduate certificate in Supervision and a Diploma in Performance Coaching.
As a free-lance consultant I am currently involved in a range of consultancy and training assignments. Having kept strong links with my previous employers, a large part of the work I undertake is for the aforementioned organisations. This includes teaching and assessing on a range of courses for the YMCA; Introductory Studies (LOCN), Foundation Studies (NVQ), and the full-time degree. I also tutor on a number of Connexions UCX and PA Diploma courses. For Young @ Now I train and assess on a number of accredited Youth Work courses for local authorities and voluntary groups, including LOCN, NVQ and Connexions PA Diploma. For Crime Concern I am part of the Programme Prevention Support Team carrying out support and training for a number of youth crime prevention initiatives