I join the University of Bolton as an experienced youth and community work practitioner and I hope to transfer my practice skills, knowledge and experience into the classroom, to support the learning and development of future youth and community workers.
As a practitioner I have been fortunate to have worked with a diverse range of youth and community groups and successfully developed and managed youth and community projects for both statutory and voluntary sector organization, such as; generic open access youth clubs, single gender and issue based youth groups for young people experiencing difficult transitions, residential and outdoor activities, a city outreach project and weekly drop-in for young people experiencing homelessness and substance misuse, a sexual exploitation project working with young people engaged in risky behavior and at risk of being exploited into sex work, also supporting women engaged in street based sex work offering detached work in the sex work area, a weekly multi-agency drop-in and a weekly one-to-one advocacy service. I have also managed youth inclusion and participation projects such as youth councils, youth banks and community youth forums, actively engaging young people in decision making structures at every level from their youth center, local community organizations or local Authority to supporting young people involved with UK Youth Parliament.
I currently sit on the Board of Directors of the Voluntary organization that facilitates some of the project mentioned above, supporting the development of the projects and that of the organization. I also volunteer on a multi-agency forum as a critical friend to Lancashire Constabulary representing youth and community issues.