FAMILY SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL
WINSTON CHURCHILL FELLOW 2013/14
‘Enabling parental engagement in Urban Communities of Social Deprivation’
The focal area of the Winston Churchill Fellowship is reflective of my four year experience of working as a frontline family support worker in the multicultural community of South Leeds. Actively working with grassroots organisations to help promote accessibility of services for children and families to help combat social exclusion. US travel to New York City and North Carolina studying the impact of children’s services in the context of family engagement and parent partnership with Head Start, Child Welfare Project and NGO’s. Brazil travel planned for the end of February visiting Rio and Porto Alegre.
Holbeck Neighbourhood Plan
Active member of the Publicity Group in the Holbeck Neighbourhood Plan.www.holbeckneighbourhoodplan.org.uk. This is an regeneration program funded by the local authority to address the needs of the area and highlight the positive sites of improvement. Holbeck is a socially deprived area which has been allocated the funding to help provide better housing and a better place to live. This is made up of local residents, businesses and professionals outside the area to be involved. My current role is to help promote the work carried out by the plan and reach more isolated residents in enabling a voice into bringing the plan together into a more coherent way.
South Leeds Life Community Reporter and Blogger
Help to promote services in the area by visiting and reporting on them this includes ‘What Drives the Ciaran Bingham Foundation?’
BT Get it Online (Citizens Online)
Address learning need and skill gap in adult computer literacy.
Volunteering to help fill the computer literacy skills gap with familes. Utilising resources by bringing together people, facilities and skills. My main role is initiate a network and widen participation in the South Leeds area in particular Holbeck by forging charities to work together.
Holbeck Viaduct Project
I am passionate about maintaining a historic structural piece of engineering by helping to restore the disused railway line which runs from the outskirts of the South of the City into the city centre. This fantastic opportunity could bring this bridge to life by transforming it into a public walkway offering a unique view of the city. This rests on many levels, as it would attract interest through enthusiasts of railway, urban development, trains, flora and fauna. Comparative walking experience on the High Line in Manhattan http://www.thehighline.org and soon to be walking on the Promenade in Paris.
Five Nations Family Support Conference
Churchill Report to be fed into the supporting documents for up coming the ‘Five Nations Family Support Conference’ in Leeds September. Invited to present a workshop on the international perspectives in Family Engagement.