MEET THE TEAM
I am the Project Coordinator for the Time 2…project, managing all aspect of business development for the project, which is funded by the Big Lottery and Henry Smith. I carry a small case load of high risk CSE clients, manage training delivery and staff delivery. Working alongside my colleagues at Basis Yorkshire and Yorkshire MESMAC, which, between these organisations there is over 30 years of working with CSE and Sexual Health. We are also working alongside the University of Bedfordshire who will be evaluating the project.
What I did:
For 10 years I worked for GSK nutritional health care, managing a team across the North of England. More recently, for the past 6 years I have worked for Yorkshire MESMAC as a community outreach worker, working on the prevention team around sexual health, HIV prevention and raising awareness on healthy relationships.
I live in on the edge of the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors with my 3 children and 2 dogs. I have recently qualified to BA (hons) degree level in counselling and continue to run my small private practice alongside my Time 2… work. I practice Yoga and Meditation whenever I have any spare time.
York and Selby
I am the outreach worker covering York & Selby, working 1:1 with individuals aged 11-18 In a person centred approach, offering support in keeping safe, healthy relationships, minimising risk, emotional well being, reducing risk in relationships and making informed decisions.
What I did:
I have worked collectively for 16 years with vulnerable adults and young people in various settings.
In my previous role I worked on a 4 Year project specifically for care leavers aged 16-25, on an outreach basis covering Selby & District. Supporting individuals to make the transition to adulthood and move towards education, employment and training. Working with young people on a one to one basis to identify individualised packages of support a bespoke needs lead service. Prior to that I was substance misuse worker for 8 years, working with adults in a front line service in York (Compass) offering a drop-in, needle exchange, one to one sessions and complementary therapies such as auricular acupuncture, reflexology and EST (Electro stimulation therapy).
I have worked as a support worker with young people at The Scarcroft Road Project, vulnerable adults in a mental health accommodation based scheme and vulnerable women in crisis at a local women’s project. I have also worked with ex-offenders at YACRO, (York hostel)
Many years ago I was at Art college were I studied 3D Design crafts; I also completed a childhood studies course and was a nanny for three children for a few years. I have had two year’s working and travelling around round Australia and New Zealand.
I enjoy travel, music, art and nature.
My role as a Young Persons Outreach Worker involves working 1:1 with young people aged 11-18 on topics including healthy relationships, staying safe online, emotional wellbeing, reducing risk in relationships and making informed decisions.
What I did:
Before working for The Time 2… Project I worked as a Teaching Assistant and 1:1 Teacher in Mainstream and Special Education. This has given me 7 years experience working directly with needs such as ASD, BESD, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, challenging behaviour and hard to reach young people.
Yorkshire born and bred and French Bulldog Mad… I have a gorgeous little Frenchie of my own and spend my free time going for relaxing “walkies” with my four legged best friend.
Harrogate and District lies in the heart of North Yorkshire and comprises of 5 main towns and 1 city. Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, Boroughbridge, Pateley and Masham are surrounded by a wealth of small villages and beautiful countryside which makes rural living a common place for many young people.
As the Harrogate a District worker, travel is essential when working with young people who live out in rural locations. I travel many miles weekly to reach all of our young people in the area and we aim to be flexible and accessible to those living in rural villages and towns. The lack of public transport available and social isolation our rural dwellers feel can contribute to vulnerability and CSE risk, therefore highlighting the importance of our role as flexible Outreach Workers in this vast geographical area.
Despite the restrictions that can sometimes come with rural living, Harrogate and District provides us with a stunning backdrop for working with our young people. In my experience, getting out of the office/classroom environment and taking sessions outside has been pivotal in allowing young people the space and freedom to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions in a non-confined arena.
Our service prides itself on working with young people at their pace and in an environment that makes them feel comfortable and safe. We find that quite often this safe space is in the car with the Yorkshire scenery providing a keen distraction from life and worries.
Our service provides sessions in many locations ranging from schools to café’s and with Harrogate being famous for Yorkshire Tea; a nice cuppa with our young people is always on the menu.
I am the Time 2…Project Outreach Worker for Scarborough and Ryedale. I work with young people at medium to high risk of CSE through bespoke one to one support, covering a wide range of subject areas including recognising and managing risk, relationship advice and support, making informed and safe choices, staying safe online, and emotional wellbeing.
II recently qualified with a Masters Degree in Social Work. I have worked with Care Leavers and also with adults with learning disabilities in previous roles. Prior to this I was a professional actor, working in my native Canada and touring the UK with such shows as Phantom of The Opera, Les Miserables, and Fame.
I have a lovely wife and 3 young boys who keep me very busy and very happy! I am also an avid Ice Hockey player (being Canadian eh?) and I play in goal for the Kingston City Knights hockey team.
I cover the Scarborough/Ryedale area which includes Scarborough, Malton, Pickering, Whitby, Filey, and all of the small towns and villages within this area. Sometimes we work in schools or in local children centre’s when we need a private and quiet place to concentrate, other times we go to the local MacDonald’s for a drink and a chat. In nice weather I like to take young people to the seaside, or to a local park where we can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and catch up on events in young people’s lives. The most important thing is that we work in an environment that is best suited to the young person; where they feel comfortable, safe and able to talk to us about things that may not be easy to share with anyone.
Scarborough/Ryedale is a massive geographical area, and it’s quite a lot to expect of young people to travel to meet me, so I am happy to drive out to wherever young people live, and I try and find a suitable place to work in their area. Local authority services have been very helpful in providing spaces to work in rural locations, and there is always a nice coffee shop nearby for those days when we just want to have a drink or a snack and a catch up session.
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