- JNC Qualified Youth Worker (BA, Open University)
- NurtureUK Practitioner
- Qualified Relax Kids Coach
- Protective Behaviours Practitioner (PBC)
- Level 3 School’s Learning Mentor (CWDC SWiS)
- Level 2 Life Coach
- Story Massage Instructor
- High Sheriff’s Award
- Designated Safeguarding Lead (OSCB)
- Member of Institute for Youth Work
- First Aid trained
- Mental Health First Aider
Recent CPD includes: Developmental Trauma (Trauma-informed Schools); Story Massage; Introduction to Child Psychology
Current CPD: Level 2 in Counselling
‘He’s really good’ – M, aged 4¾’s
‘It is my deepest conviction that the children should be seen and heard as our most treasured assets.’ – Nelson Mandela
Relationship building is the starting block when working with children and young people. Young people need safe spaces and people they can rely on to listen to them. My aim is to be that trusted adult who allows their voice to be heard to allow positive, powerful change in their world.
My journey into youth work started as a Scout Leader across all ages. Following time as a youth member, I started as a young leader when I was 14, and was soon helping to run two groups, planning detailed and balanced programmes of activities, and leading on residentials. I was asked to launch a new group whilst doing this and at the age of 17 was a District leader overseeing the development of groups across Oxford. I remained leading weekly sessions for nearly 20 years, but took a step sideways as life moved on.
I have worked in and with the majority of schools in Oxford, always with a pastoral focus. I have been Attendance Officer and Deputy Head of Year in different secondary schools, worked for the local authority advising both primary and secondary schools on best practice around engagement of young people, and worked as a Learning Mentor for children with SEND in a primary school.
I graduated from the Open University with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Youth Work whilst dealing with my own mental health and wellbeing difficulties and the two combined made me ever more passionate for supporting young people in these areas. I have advised and supported youth organisations, launched two new youth organisations with acclaim, and built trusting and sustained relationships over the years with young people, communities, and stakeholders.
From running Young Leader’s training weekends and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards to designing and developing wellbeing and engagement workshops, adult training and tailored support plans, I have a strong ability to commit to the development of the individual, putting them at the heart of my work. I am passionate that the benefits of partnership working brings for organisations.
My wellbeing and coaching services have been praised by each young person, family, and organisation I have worked with. Wellbeing is at the heart of what I do. If we truly care about ourselves and each other, the rest can follow.
I am a Nurture UK Practitioner, Relax Kids Coach, Protective Behaviours practitioner, Learning Mentor, Story Massage Instructor, Designated Safeguarding Lead, First Aider, Mental Health First Aider, and a member of the Institute for Youth work. I am Youth Worker at Kennington Youth Club which I relaunched in 2017 at a point of permanent closure. In 2023, I received the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire’s Award for services to young people.
Over the years I have worked with hundreds of young people to pick apart issues that may be affecting them and helping them to find a way through that works for them. Some of this has been in group workshops, other times in 1:1 sessions.
I also work with Justice in Motion as their Youth Engagement Manager. My current body of work is research, youth involvement, and education resource development for their production of CODE, which explores county lines, knife crime, and exploitation.
My aim is to be relatable to each young person and organisation I work with. You need somebody who will act professionally, provide high-output, whilst injecting kindness and fun into their work.
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.
‘The sessions are excellent practice in helping my son manage distractions, focus, and listen to instructions. The experiences gained…are giving him an excellent training in learning a form of discipline that is needed for good concentration.’
‘Alex’ attended an Oxford secondary school and was heading into GCSE years – a knowledgeable pupil who could flourish. As a global pandemic hit, his anxiety for attending school grew. Being creative with how we approached sessions in line with Government rules, we spent an intensive period of time working through thoughts and feelings and rebalancing the status quo. Once back in school, regular follow-up sessions gave space to discuss progress. I received notification a year later, he had passed his GCSE exams with flying colours.