Our team have day-to-day experience of working with young people in mental health, and are highly skilled at leading creative and powerful training sessions.
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Hi! I’m Sarah, a freelance youth work consultant, and trainer for Youthscape, based in Hampshire.
I was previously based full time at Youthscape, working around our Inspiring Healthy Relationships work. I went on to work as a youth advisor for the Diocese of Winchester, before moving into freelance youth work consultancy. I have an MA in in Theology and Religious Studies from Cambridge, am a trained counsellor and am passionate about resourcing youth workers and those supporting young people. I’m married, and much of my time is currently taken up caring for my one-year-old daughter. When I do get spare time I love to run, read, cook, and collapse on the sofa at the end of the day.
Hi there, I’m Jason, a youth worker and freelance trainer for Youthscape; I work in Northamptonshire.
I deliver a range of Youthscape’s mental health courses as well as sessions around Inspiring Healthy Relationships. I’m the Director of Souster Youth – a charity working in local schools in East Northamptonshire, supporting the social, emotional and spiritual needs of young people. I also work alongside churches, training and equipping them to reach out to the young people in their communities. I’ve spent 18 years leading youth work, including time with Westminster City Council and as the Director of Romance Academy. My academic background is in Theology and Informal Education and I still read widely on these topics. I’m a follower of Jesus and I’m married to Katy – I also love barbecues, American pancakes and bushcraft survival.
I’m Amy, a youth worker and freelance regional trainer for Youthscape, working in Manchester.
I’m employed as the Mental Wellbeing Youth Worker for the Diocese of Manchester, where I provide support for secondary schools and churches around mental wellbeing for young people. I have a BSc degree in Psychology and am currently studying for an MSc in Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice. I’m also a trained Mental Health First Aider, and I’ve previously volunteered with The Samaritans. I’m passionate about raising awareness and reducing stigma around mental health and wellbeing, so that schools and churches can be providing the best possible support for young people. I’m happiest when I’m with friends and family, when my dog welcomes me home, or when I’m by the coast, listening to the sound of the sea.
Head of Training
My name is Laura and I’m the Head of Training, overseeing all Youthscape’s training and Continuing Professional Development.
I joined Youthscape in 2011 as part of the SelfharmUK team. I love working alongside others who are as passionate as me about changing the national landscape for young people around mental health and healthy relationships. As well as co-ordinating the training, I often travel around the country delivering it so you might have seen me at your school, church or organisation. It’s not an obvious connection but I’ve got a ladder safety certificate, a degree in embroidery and I’m currently studying for an equine care diploma – when I'm not working I'm galloping along the glorious South Downs (on a horse, not doing a Miranda). Oh, I also run my own steampunk costume company and often dress as a pirate in my spare time.
I'm Jo and I previously co-led Alumina, Youthscape's online service supporting young people's well-being.
I'm passionate about helping young people who are struggling with their mental health, and I know the amazing difference that adults can make with teenagers if they take the time to listen and care. Alumina is exciting because it's using the latest online technology to connect with young people across the country and work with them to overcome anxiety, self-harm and other life-inhibiting issues. My Degree in Youth Work and Diplomas in Counselling and Understanding Mental Health have fostered a love for youth work that has spanned two decades of my career. When I'm not busy being a parent to two teenagers of my own, I daydream about being a ‘yurt hotel’ manager in France. And frankly, who doesn’t?