About

‘He’s really good’ – M, aged 4¾’s

Lying on a stained office carpet in 2016 at a job I loved, my concern wasn’t with what the stains were, but with staying alive. The end seemed in sight as I clutched my chest. Reality check from paramedics was this was a panic attack. And so began my journey…

I was working with children and young people from before I left college, starting as a Scout Leader across all ages. A young leader at 14, I was soon helping run two groups, planning programmes of activities, and leading residentials. During my time I launched two new groups, and at the age of 17 was a District leader coordinating the development of specific groups across Oxford. I remained leading weekly sessions for nearly 20 years, but took a step sideways as life moved on.

I’ve worked in and with many of the schools in Oxford. I’ve been Attendance Officer and Deputy Head of Year in different secondary schools, worked for the local authority advising schools on best practice around engagement of young people, and was a Learning Mentor for children with SEND/SEMH in a primary school.

It was as I entered my final year at University that I collapsed at work and was diagnosed with a mental health condition. I quickly merged my love for supporting young people with my new found knowledge to create a final dissertation focusing on wellbeing in young people, use my lived experience to better appreciate the struggles young people I work with are facing. Pushing through and with the appropriate support around me, I graduated from the Open University with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Youth Work.

From running Young Leader’s training and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards to running adult training and providing tailored support plans, if I’m committing to you, I’m committing, and putting you at the heart of what we do. I believe firmly in collaboration. My wellbeing, coaching, and consultancy has been praised by everyone I have worked with, and 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. 

In 2023, I received the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire’s Award for services to young people. I also work with Justice in Motion as their Youth Engagement and Education Manager. My current body of work with them is around the research, youth involvement, logistics, and education resource development for their production of CODE, which explores county lines, knife crime, and exploitation.

Snapshot

  • 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
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Drawing and Talking Therapy Practitioner
  • Story Massage Instructor
  • TeamTeach trained
  • High Sheriff’s Award
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (OSCB)
  • Member of Institute for Youth Work
  • First Aid trained
  • Mental Health First Aider

‘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.