Meet The Washington Group
I have been a Youthworker practitioner for approximately 25 years, having started my youth work journey in Scouts. I am currently completing my MA in Education and working with a group of amazing people from England, Norway and Denmark looking at people’s experiences at school.
I have extensive experience in strategic development of projects and organisations as well as enjoying working within communities to develop capacity and innovation, through training and social action. I am thrilled to be part of the Washington Group because it gives more opportunities to develop people’s creativity and skills across all our communities.
In my spare time I dabble in Biathle, triathlons and open water swimming as well as touring UK in my VW Van.
I have been around for over 36 years working as a Senior Manager across the North West for a number of companies working with young people. Having started out as a Careers Adviser in school then developing apprenticeship programmes for a range of Government Organisations and then the 13 years with the Princes Trust enabled me to further develop my skills and in turn create innovative programmes and activities for many disadvantaged young people.
I was looking to take things a bit easier and I was approached by the Washington Group and I was given an opportunity that I could not turn down. The company is very passionate about working with young people and communities and the ‘We Can’ attitude just said it all. I am therefore, very excited about being involved with this organisation and I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge to help and support young people who are just starting out. International women’s day on the 9th of March 2019
I am very active and enjoy the gym and love many sports. My secret passion is working at Accrington Stanley on match days and it’s great fun.
After completing my MChem, I worked in research for a short period of time before beginning a career in teaching. I hold Qualified Teacher Status and worked in mainstream education for seven years before moving to work in Widening Participation for Lancaster University and latterly with the National Collaborative Outreach Program.
During this time, I conducted research with young people to better understand the challenges they face. To this end I have researched and delivered alternative accreditation to allow students who might have trouble accessing school to gain nationally recognised qualifications at the same standard as traditional GCSEs.
I am Blackpool born and bred and proud of my town and community. I have long been a believer in working with groups of people to help them take ownership of their own situation and environment. I am a director of this company to help people to take action and be proud of their own communities. I am active in sporting communities a competitive powerlifter with Fylde Coast Weightlifting and have officiated at National competitions for NW Powerlifting and throw for Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre AC.
I am a qualified tutor who has extensive experience in delivering a number of CPD training courses, including DANOS (Drug and Alcohol industry National Occupational Standards), conflict resolution, confidence building and many more.
My experience is linked predominately in the community offering support services for people in recovery from addiction.
My role within he Washington Group as Director, enables me to act as a critical sounding board to the organisations, offering reflective practice and support where required as well as supporting the quality of the projects.
I am an avid Kylie Minogue fan and in 2018 I was awarded Blackpool Local Hero’s award for Best Charity Worker
Social Action Projects
To work together with key stakeholders to support organisations and individuals to bring about social change for the benefit of their communites of need, interest and geography. We will provide opportunities in accessing capacity support, funding and training to support communities.
Research & Consultancy
Our research aims to apply mixed methodological approaches to evaluate, measure and review areas of community engagement, learning and development. Our approach intends to incorporate participatory research methods, developing a community of practice, alongside implementing evidence based praxis which supports our ethos of social mobility and co-production.
Education & Learning
To provide learning and training opportunities to all members of the community to improve their well-being. We will support growth, development and toolkits for continued success. This will include formal training opportunities with nationally recognised qualifications, voluntary or work based experience and employability skills inc confidence. We will provide self-help sessions to address specific needs.
Evidence based research shows that targeted community events such as International Women’s Day and the Community Big Lunch create greater community cohesion and community sustainability through co design approaches.