Background and Experience

An Oxonion, I graduated from The Open University with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Youth Work in 2017, Foundation Degree in Youth Work, and Certificate in Youth Work. I’ve been involved in youth-related work for more than 17 years, the majority spent in pastoral care within education, the remainder as a Scout Leader and Youth Worker.

I’ve worked for the local authority as a schools adviser; this included working closely with a school to get them out of special measures. Within the charity sector, I’ve supported youth organisations to achieve accreditation, and was key in enabling several youth groups to reopen and flourish. I have been involved in youth and community theatre, designed and run training courses to support adults mental wellbeing and continue to seek out post-graduate courses that support my professional development.

Currently my work is split between working as a Learning Mentor for Complex Needs in a primary school, a Nurture practitioner, and a workshop facilitator for Protective Behaviours and issue-based matters across the county.

The creative Roy has had theatre training with The Vera Legge School of Performing Arts, Pegasus Theatre, and KEPOW theatre company, the RSC, Small Nose Productions, stints on the New Theatre stage, Oxford, as well as studying creative writing at a basic level with The Open University.

Key Certificates

  • BA (Hons) Youth Work
  • Foundation Degree in Working with Young People
  • Certificate in Working with Young People
  • Relax Kids Coach
  • Support Work in Schools NVQ Level 3
  • CWDC Learning Mentor Programme

Post-Grad studies

  • Knife Crime and Youth Violence
  • Protective Behaviours Foundation Course
  • Life Coaching
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Young People’s Mental Health

Further training

  • Emergency First Aid
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Improvisation and Storytelling (KEPOW! Theatre)
  • Creative Writing (Open University)
  • BTEC ND Media
  • Scout Leader training
  • Voice and Text (Michael Corbidge, RSC)