I have worked with young people for nearly five years. I also work with young people in pupil referral units together with those in social care. I work to empower young people, so they understand their own potential and have the confidence to make the right decisions for both themselves and their future. I am qualified to deliver workshops on a range of subjects, including gangs and youth violence. I hold a youth mentoring qualification and have first-hand life experience.
I have over five years of youth work experience, including working in young offenders’ establishment, am PTLLS qualified and hold a national youth mentor certification. I had a life changing experience in my early 20’s which empowered me to help others. I understand how easy it is for young people to be led astray and am now committed to helping others who may find themselves in similar situations, in making positive changes to their lives. I work with young people in grouping and mentoring in 1:1 situations.
I have been working for WYA for just over two years as a project officer. Previously I was a manager at Education Youth Services working with young people who had been excluded from mainstream school. I’m extremely positive and see great potential in young people; I like to support them in reaching their goals and aspirations. I have boundless energy which is evidenced in my delivery of projects within WYA, e.g. Empowering Young Women, Girls’ Group and the Youth Council. I hold qualifications in mentoring, youth work, counselling management and more. I enjoy working within a team and learning from those around me, drawing on differing experiences.
I’ve worked with WYA for just a few months and it has made quite an impact on my life. Working in the community is varied, interesting and has opened my eyes to the problems our young people are facing every day. If WYA can help them and make a difference to their lives, then it’s an honour to be involved.
Previously, I’ve worked in blue chip organisations as an Employee Engagement and Internal Communications Manager, so I enjoy the buzz around the office, working with the project officers and helping them help young people.
I have been with WYA since August 2017, working as a sessional worker supporting the girls’ and boys’ groups. I also help with administration.
I have a criminology degree and have been working with young people for 15 years. I previously worked with young people through youth services, substance misuse issues and young offenders.