I'm Jemimah and I lead Youthscape’s Luton work in schools, churches and at our centre, Bute Mills.
I've been part of the team since 2016, originally overseeing the work of Romance Academy, but moving into the Luton team in 2017 in order to have more face-to-face time with young people. Before arriving at Youthscape, I led a mentoring charity in London having completed a degree in Youth Work and Ministry from Oasis College, London. I love seeing churches come together to make a difference in the lives of young people so I coordinate Luton Unite, a local network that does exactly that. You should also know that I am the proud owner of Colin the camper van, my faithful travelling companion across the UK. Everybody needs to have a friend.
SelfharmUK Website Manager and Emotional Wellbeing Worker
Hi. I'm Jess and I run SelfharmUK, a support service for young people with mental health needs.
My work involves developing a website that gives young people the information and support they need to overcome everything from self-harm to depression and PTSD. It's something I believe strongly in and the feedback from young people is a daily reminder of the difference we're able to make. I've grown up in Luton and studied at London’s Ravensbourne University before moving back to Luton and starting work for Youthscape. I ‘m also on the Luton team as an Emotional Wellbeing Worker, giving me the chance to meet young people face-to-face and offer support through mentoring, group work and creative therapies. My downtime is a little less demanding: mainly watching films and shopping for clothes.
Hey, I’m Beki, the NEET Intervention Worker. I’ve been with Youthscape since 2013 when I joined as an intern.
Working with Compass, our NEET (Not in Education, Employment or training) Intervention Programme, I get to help young people realise their full potential no matter what they’re going through. It also means I’ve been on survival school training several times so I know how to skin a pigeon and I’ve got certificates in bushcraft and wilderness living. Important office skills. My degree was in sport and physical education so I’m also a qualified basketball and football coach, a fitness fanatic you might say. When I’m not at Youthscape I love writing, dancing, spending time with my young son, and serving in my local church with my husband. Oh, I’m half Swiss and my middle names are Elsa Olive.
Hi! I’m Vicki and I’ve been the Vulnerable Youth Specialist in Luton since October 2018.
As Vulnerable Youth Specialist I’m responsible for connecting with the young people most at risk in Luton and making sure we’re providing services that really help bring transformation and change. I love meeting young people where they’re at, showing them love and seeing them grow into their true selves. I’m a local girl so I went to Lea Manor High School and Luton Sixth Form College. Before I came to Youthscape I spent ten years working with some of the most vulnerable women in Luton. I once met Ronan Keating, although most of the teenagers I work with don’t know who that is. I have eaten guinea pig and dog while on an overseas mission trip, but only God can judge me.
Hi. I'm David, the Christian schools work specialist on the Luton team and coordinator for SchoolsworkUK.
I graduated with a Theology and Youth Ministry BA (Hons) from St Mellitus College in 2018 having done part of my placement here at Youthscape. I want to see how the Church can make a real and lasting contribution to education both in the curriculum and across the whole school community. Leading SchoolsworkUK involves organising training for hundreds of youth workers wanting to develop their skills for work in a school setting. I also lead our 'third space' work finding creative ways to engage students in unsual places like school atriums, the dinner queue and unloved school corridors. In my spare time I love being creative; whether it's making music, videos, or doing graphic design. I also love Ultimate Frisbee.
My name is Robert and I split my time between Youthscape and youth work at a Luton church.
I've landed in Luton a long way from home: I grew up in Virginia, USA, graduated from James Madison University and then worked in finance. But those days are long behind me and I now have the privilege of working alongside young people here in Luton, encouraging them to find the faith and confidence to change the world. My work here at Youthscape takes me into secondary schools, onto the streets and alongside teenagers at our centre, Bute Mills. It's rewarding and challenging. That's why when I relax I tend to make sure it involves ice cream, sports or, ideally, both. That my middle name is Aloysius is a terrible secret I'm determined to keep to myself.
Hey, I’m Gemma and I oversee referrals for all our programmes at Bute Mills, as well as being our Deputy Safeguarding Lead.
I’m passionate about encouraging young people to explore faith and helping them find ways of expressing their beliefs. I grew up locally and went to Ashcroft High School and then Luton Sixth form before moving to London where I studied English and Professional and Creative Writing and took a Graduate Diploma in Youth Work and Ministry. I worked as a statutory youth worker in London for 14 years before coming back to Luton to join the team here. I still enjoy writing and often publish thoughts and refelections on my blog. I recently climbed Mount Snowdon which I really enjoyed. I’m fairly convinced that white chocolate is the best kind and I think it’s really important to be wearing matching socks.
I’m Matt and I’m the NEET Intervention Specialist, Deputy Safeguarding Lead, and I work in our drop-in centre.
As a NEET (Not in Education, Employment or training) specialist I work with those at risk of falling out of education. I’m passionate about face-to-face coaching and mentoring: sharing life with people and not just telling them what to do. I see the potential in people and want to help them be the best versions of themselves. I create social media content for Youthscape’s local work, so you can find me on Youtube where – amongst other things – I make and drink obscure smoothies. I love cars, off-road motorbiking and before working here trained as a mechanic for Vauxhall. My middle name is Norton because I was born in Chipping Norton, also the home of Jeremy Clarkson. So perhaps I’m a predestined petrolhead?
Hey, I’m Constance. I spend my time between Youthscape and Luton’s Olive Tree Church.
I’m part of a team working between local churches and Youthscape to develop new models of youth work that are effective, transforming and can be delivered everywhere. My role involves discipling and leading young people at the Olive Tree Church, connecting with local schools and running some of the in-house projects here. My great passion is to see young people thriving holistically and reaching their full potential. I have a loving relationship with popcorn and over the years I have found popcorn works nicely with movies and so that’s how I relax. I would like to think I can sing even though my friends strongly disagree, but that’s okay I don’t mind being my own cheerleader. X-Factor, watch out.