Why a shared family experience? Many children and young people support services are confidential so information cannot be shared by parents. TIFs has been established to overcome this barrier so that the whole family can work together to achieve positive outcomes.
My passion for this work derived from wanting to work creatively to support the personal and social development of young people. I have been privileged to create and develop many different projects. My work has spanned across many areas:
- Supporting young people in schools with anger management issues
- Developing peer mentoring schemes
- Piloting an alternative education provision for young people who were not attending mainstream school
- I devised the first young people’s LGBT+ project in Wiltshire
- I have supported over 500 young people to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Developing wellbeing and mental health projects
- Supporting parents to improve their relationships with their children
My work has been recognised by Ofsted and I have spoken at national conferences and on the radio.
I believe that given time and support any problem however big or small can be overcome. It may not be worked out in the way we first envision but there will be positive outcomes. One of my favourite quotes is by Michael Jordan:
‘If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.’
This is the mantra that my work has been based on. As a mother of 2 children I have personal experience of parenting and the challenges it can bring. I juggled being a single parent, having a full-time job and going to University to become a nationally qualified youth worker. There were many times that I thought about giving up, but I was determined to succeed and I did. This helped me develop my empathic way of working and always putting the young person and parent at the heart of what I do. Later in my career I realised that I was spending a lot of time coaching and mentoring young people, parents and my staff teams. It was inspiring to watch people attain their dreams and goals and I decided that I wanted to formalise this so enrolled on a coaching and mentoring course and am now a qualified coach and mentor.
The final thing that I want to tell you about me is that I am warm, compassionate and will always put you and your thoughts and feelings first and I always have a smile on my face. I have been told that it can light up a room.
The TIFs team is made up of many different professionals – counsellors, mental health support workers, family liaison workers, coaches and youth workers. Every month we will be featuring members of our team to show you the diversity of the organisation.