Programmes + Partnerships Director
I entered youth work at the age of 15, having been engaged in activities for years with Swansea Youth Service. At 16, I left school and set up my own youth club with a small grant of £10,000. This led to me getting my first youth work job running 3 youth clubs over 5 nights in 3 different areas. I was fortunate enough to work at the London 2012 Olympics managing a team of 200 people. While completing my Youth Work qualifications, working at Liberty Stadium and completing Business Studies at College, I was offered a maternity cover role as Activities Coordinator with Crossroads Young Carers Service which then became a permanent role and eventually became Service Manager. Through the last 5 years I have developed my skills and training to complete an ILM Level 5, AET Level 3 and Young Worker of the Year (2018).
I joined Swansea MAD so that I could use my skills working with the community in new and innovative approaches, utilising digital technology to improve opportunities. The future of employment is going to be utilising Digital skills and I feel I can help people improve their skills for their future employment.
Making a difference to people that need it / Providing opportunities that people may find themselves unlikely to be able to do / Challenging what is considered ‘the norm’ and ensuring people have their stories told from their own perspective / Ensuring nobody is left out or left behind