Youth Worker and Wellbeing Mentor
I’m a JNC-qualified Youth Worker based in Oxfordshire with more than 20 years’ experience working with children and young people across a variety of settings.
As a member of the Institute of Youth Work, I always aim to uphold best practice in all work I undertake. I am a Nurture Network Practitioner, Protective Behaviours Practitioner, trained Relax Kids Coach, Designated Safeguarding Lead, First Aider, Mental Health First Aider, and Life Coach.
At a Glance
I am a motivated, organised, and award-winning Youth Worker who loves creating safe spaces for young people’s voices to be heard, where they can be work through the difficulties of life. Each young person is an individual and deserves to be treated as such, with care and compassion, and have a forward plan that works for them to bring positive, powerful change in their world.
Based in Kidlington, Oxford, I combine my experience working in and with schools and charities across Oxfordshire, as well as a background within various arts organisations, to provide a positive, playful, and dynamic aspect to my work, offering group workshops, 1:1 mentoring, and associated consultancy with assessments and action plans.
Thanks a Million
The view from you
Thanks for the wonderful sessions that you facilitated for our young carers. They all got a lot out of the day and had a lot of fun at the same time.
I’ve been offered so many things that haven’t worked, school stuff mostly, and people who say ‘This is what you should do’. This wasn’t like that. You listened. I can only describe my life being like a race I was on and I kept tripping over the anxiety. You have helped me take control. I can just enjoy the race now, and it’s at my pace. I can even cope with school now. I’m grateful to have my life back and be mentally at peace. Nothing, absolutely nothing, has been as helpful as working with you.
Roy supported [my son] throughout the uncertain times of COVID and lockdowns, which has been really helpful for us.
I asked [my son] what he thinks and he said ‘Roy is kind and has helped me feel less anxious. The 1:1s are fun’.
I would recommend Roy. He is very approachable, knowledgeable, and dedicated to his work as a coach.
Fantastic visit from Roy to our Beaver Colony.
Roy was engaging with the young people and the flow of the evening was well delivered. The Beavers stayed focused throughout the evening and left feeling relaxed and with some new techniques to try at home.
Roy has a clear and thorough understanding of how to meet the needs of individuals. Forward-thinker, he works creatively looking for fun and innovative ways to present ideas and share knowledge, [whilst] seeking input from others in decision making. Friendly, approachable, and striving for excellence in every task, his output is of a consistently high standard. He goes above and beyond.
Roy is a good communicator and problem solver. His meticulous planning means he anticipates issues before they arise, and then is able to manage the situation well with a thought-through approach, often involving others. He creates a positive and caring atmosphere and goes above the call of duty to support those who need it. His output is of a very high standard and he understands the needs of volunteer-led youth groups better than others, and is able to effectively communicate with group leaders to illicit positive engagement and work collaboratively to find solutions to any areas of concern.
Roy was a professional throughout, very easy to liaise with, and gentle in his approach.
The results over just six sessions prove how beneficial the programme is.
Coaching has worked really well with my son. He is currently undiagnosed but has anger issues. He looked forward to seeing Roy every week to let him know how the week had gone and what methods he had used to help him.
My son loved the colours, characters etc that Roy used. Breathing exercises work really well and when my son gets angry he may need to be told to breathe but he now knows how to do it [to calm him].
Highly recommend the courses Roy offers. It’s making a difference!
As a Guide Leader I wanted a unique experience for our Rainbows.
This was very reasonably priced, well pitched to the age group, and filled our standard unit meeting. The session was delivered very professionally, and the girls had a great (and relaxing!) time.
I knew you were good but I would highly recommend you.
This was the first time the young people had met. Roy did really well in making them feel comfortable and bringing them together as a group. He was confident and made everyone feel relaxed and at ease.
The young people said that the session was really fun…and they felt relaxed by the end.
Roy is courteous and helpful. Clear and confident in approach, providing effective and timely support. Able to translate policy and strategy into concrete actions. A keen advocate of team wellbeing.
Your sessions were extremely useful and many of the girls say they use the techniques quite a lot now.
From the start, Roy came across as very friendly and helpful. He made an effort to welcome my son and was extremely enthusiastic. He talked through everything with me and I felt happy to leave them to it after seeing how comfortable my son was. A huge relief for me as he usually struggles, especially with people he doesn’t know.
I would recommend Roy to others. We look forward to future sessions.