I am an experienced Trainer, Educator and Researcher in the fields of prison education, higher education and community development and I’m available for work queries. So if you would like to know more, have a look around my website or get in contact here.
I have recently joined the Wales team at School of Hard Knocks as an Adult Facilitator for their Cardiff programmes. School of Hard Knocks deliver life changing programmes across the UK. Using rugby and supported by a programme of powerful life lessons, I’ll be working with unemployed adults to find and sustain employment.
Excitedly I am a Co-Director with Inside Out Support Wales / Cefnogaeth Tu Fewn Tu Fas Cymru, a new social enterprise for Wales. We were recently awarded funding from the National Lottery Community Fund for Wales for the ‘Cefnogi Project’. This project aims to support people with convictions into self-employment and education, especially further and higher education.
I have worked previously for Media Academy Cardiff as a Knife Crime Project Workshop Facilitator in schools across Cardiff and Bridgend at KS3 and KS4. The #BraverChoices project aieds to break the School to Prison Pipeline by educating young people on the implications of carrying a knife
As part of National Employability Day I launched a new employability based programme called License to Learn. It is specifically designed to support individuals with previous convictions – and those at risk – into Education, Employment and Self-employment. Rooted in theory, practice and experience License to Learn supports people to make the changes they wish to see in their life.
I have recently completed a period working for the Meee Programme, as both a freelance Trainer and Development Worker in South Wales. The programme focuses on an individual’s Education, Employment and Enterprise to help them in their personal and working lives. I helped design and deliver two pilots in HMP Berwyn, Europe’s largest prison, working with two cohorts of men of varying sentence length and abilities. The programme helped the men to understand what their strengths are and to see release as simply a point on their future timeline; to help them prepare whilst in prison and to empower them post-release.
I have recently finished work as a volunteer for Prisoners’ Education Trust’s Welsh Prisons Project, an organisation I’ve worked closely with since they came to Wales and who I have a lot of affection for. You can read more about this in the Prison Education section of my website. With PET I’m was a Research & Development volunteer, strengthening emerging pathways and pipelines, for prisoners in Wales to connect with educational institutions in their communities.