Tutor in Community Development and Youth Work01865 759657 | Email
I have worked as a Youth and Community Worker in NW England for many years. I qualified as a youth and community worker in 1987 at Manchester Metropolitan University, and completed an MEd in Educational Studies at Manchester University in 1994. I now teach on the professionally validated BA (Hons) in Community Development and Youth Work at Ruskin College. In the past I have taught Youth and Community Work at levels 2 and 3 for several local authorities, and at levels 4 and 5 at Manchester Metropolitan University and St Martin’s College Lancaster, and now I lead the level 6 element of the BA (Hons) programme at Ruskin College as well as doing some other teaching on FE and HE courses up to level 7.
I first got involved in youth and community work as a community activist, setting up lesbian and gay youth groups in Manchester in my late teens. I was also a founder member of a workers cooperative (a bakery) in the late 1970’s. My first paid employment as a youth and community worker was at the Water Adventure Centre in Tameside, Greater Manchester, mixing youth work, play work and outdoor education approaches. There, I focused on developing work with girls and young women and I became active in the development of feminist youth work with young women locally and nationally. I have continued to develop areas of anti-oppressive youth and community work in all the jobs I have had.
I have often found ways to involve young people and other community members in campaigning and activism, e.g. campaigns against section 28 and several anti-cuts campaigns. I have been active in developing young people’s political voice within local authorities and nationally, in a variety of ways. I was a trade union activist in the Community and Youth Workers Union (now part of UNITE) during the 1990’s and made connections between union activism and young people’s community activism.
In 2000 I was appointed Head of Wigan Youth Service and later moved to Oxfordshire to become the Director of Services for Young Women at YWCA (England &Wales) before coming to Ruskin College. At YWCA I was especially proud to be able to develop young women’s leadership and participation in the ‘Respect Young Mums’ campaign – challenging the negative attitudes to young mothers in the media, communities and in social policy.
I have experience of working in many youth and community settings, in local authorities and third sector, and I have also managed an even wider range of work.
I am currently a Trustee of Leys CDI in Oxford. I’m also a Director of TAG, the professional association of lecturers in youth and community work (UK and Ireland). I represent TAG on ETS, the national body overseeing professional validation for Youth Work qualifications, and I’m also involved in In Defence of Youth Work.
I enjoy bringing this experience to the teaching at Ruskin. I make things ‘practical’ wherever possible, using experiential learning and group-based approaches with students.
Recent conference papers and workshops:
Youth & Policy: Working with Girls and Young Women conferences:
Learning compulsory heterosexuality from children’s films, 2014
The I in oppression, 2010
BERA SIG: Sexualities & Youth Work, 2011:
What does anti-oppressive youth and community work practice offer in relation to young people and sexuality?
TAG (UK & Ireland) annual conferences:
Methods of teaching anti-oppressive youth and community work, 2014
Strategies for practice learning, 2013
Beyond placements: Developing other fieldwork practice models, 2012
Putting anti-oppressive practice into the curriculum, 2011
Using groupwork in Youth and Community Work Teaching, 2010
Green, S. Narayansingh, D et al (1999) It’s Not a Problem Here! Oh Yeah? Rafiki Project Racism Awareness Pack Wigan MBC Youth Service, Blackburn, Action Factory Community Arts Ltd
Manchester Women Youth Workers Group (1980) A Resource Pack for Working with Girls, Manchester, Hulme Girls Project
Cohen, S. Green, S. et al (1978) Law and Sexuality, Manchester, Grass Roots Books and Longsight Law Centre