I have for the past 35 years supported individuals and communities to fulfil their potential and to feel safer. My motivation has come from my modest and humble upbringing where despite the challenges I have faced, I have been able to fashion a diverse and successful career is range of challenging community based settings.
I have helped fledging businesses access start up, maintenance and continuation funding allied to developing there governance in my role as the Development Officer for Trust Middleton in Greater Manchester. Middleton is one of the most impoverished communities in Britain; my work helped to redress the social and welfare imbalances that exist. In my role as Development and Account Manager for Manchester Training and Enterprise Council I set up Intermediate Labour Markets to provide young people aged between 16–25 who are classed as being long term unemployed with work experience (12 month contract of employment), work base training leading to nationally recognised qualifications (NVQ level 2 being a minimum) in the chosen occupational area. I had a portfolio of projects worth in excess of £1.5 million.
I pioneered the development of Restorative and Community Justice in the Youth Offending Teams across Greater Manchester when they became an entity in 1999; helping staff such as police, probation workers, social workers, youth workers, education and housing specialist embrace the philosophy and incorporate into their practice with young offenders.
I have worked directly with young offenders to steer them away from a life of crime when I have been a Case Manager in various youth offending teams. My ability to engage with people sharing my varied and at times colourful personal experiences enabled me to break down the barriers to communication and build meaningful relationships. These skills were honed during the time I spent as a youth and community worker in Hyde Cheshire and as a Referral Coordinator supporting people with mental health problems compounded by their offending behaviour.
In my current role as the ASB Victim and Witness Support Officer I champion the views and needs of victims and witnesses of anti-social behaviour by designing and delivering a ‘bespoke’ service which enable them to actively participate in the judicial process.
November 2009 the project was visited by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the former victim commissioner Louise Casey and the former victim champion Sara Payne as an example of best practice in supporting victims and witnesses of Anti–Social Behaviour. (Hansard)
Trustee Experience: Community Health and Resource Centres Limited Manchester:
June 1994 – December 1997 (3 years 7 months)
I chaired the organisation through the process of ‘incorporation’ into a company limited by guarantee. I was active in all the phase of the recruitment and selection of the management team and ancillary staff. I played a significant role in brokering the delivery of health and social care contracts with statutory and voluntary sectors.
I am organised and meticulous in my approach to completing tasks on time despite competing demands. This discipline extends to the production of management information. This robust approach means I can produce written and verbal reports outlining progress made against agreed outcomes, issues, solutions and areas for continued development.
I am committed to ethics and programmes that challenge negative stereotypes and provide a platform for people to achieve irrespective of the structural and personal challenges they face on a daily basis.