The tide is turning! How are we re-growing youth work in Kirklees?

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Organiser
University of Huddersfield - CRES
Event Cost
Free
Date/Time
Date(s) - 21/11/2019
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Event Booking
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In this lunchtime seminar, we ask members of the youth and community field to share their visions of how youth work is re-growing in Kirklees.

with guest speaker:

Mel Meggs, Strategic Director for Children’s Services, Kirklees Council

and

Andy Lloyd, Kirklees Detached Youth Work Programme Co-ordinator

Susan Green, Development Manager, Kirklees Youth Alliance (KYA)

Serena Johnson and Sophie Simpson, Conscious Youth

About the speakers:

Mel Meggs, Strategic Director for Children’s Services, Kirklees Council

Mel brings over 30 years’ experience as a practitioner and leader across Children’s Services specialising in both Early Help and Social Work. Mel is a qualified Nursery Nurse and Social Worker and has also worked as a Detached Youth Worker. Mel has worked for a number of different councils in a range of roles. Mel was Head of Prevention at Leicester City Council where she developed Children Centre’s and integrated Youth services, Service Director Early Help and Safeguarding at Derbyshire County Council where she led the development of a new integrated practice model and was most recently the Deputy Strategic Director for Rotherham MBC with lead responsibility for children’s safeguarding. Mel has been part of two leadership teams who have achieved ‘Good ‘ Ofsted judgements most recently leading the Rotherham team to move from Inadequate to Good (with outstanding features) and Kirklees from Inadequate to Requires Improvement to be Good.

Mel is proud to be The Director of Children’s services for the Children and Families of Kirklees.

Mel is actively involved at a national level with the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) Families, Communities and Young People’s Policy Committee.

Mel is a passionate about improving the life chances of all children particularly those who experience poverty. Mel is dedicated to public service and believes in the value of public services to transform lives.

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Andy Lloyd, Kirklees Detached Youth Work Programme Co-ordinator

Andy Lloyd has 28 years-experience of Youth and Community Work, including 10 years as a senior manager within Kirklees’ youth service. Before working in Kirklees Andy was experienced as a Detached Youth Worker in the Voluntary and Community Sector in the South of England.

He is currently co-ordinating the detached youth work programme in Kirklees and looking forward to expanding this work.

Andy developed a breadth of skills and interests over the years including using sport to engage young people, working with young men and supporting diverse groups of young people including young parents and LGBT+ young people. In 2005 Andy was involved in the development of a new State of the Art Youth Centre, which later became the flagship for the government MyPlace Initiative.

Andy is very excited and passionate to see modern, quality and safe services for young people in Kirklees.

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Susan Green, Development Manager, Kirklees Youth Alliance (KYA)

Susan has been Development Manager at Kirklees Youth Alliance (KYA) since May 2018. Launched in 2017 – in response to cuts in local authority youth work provision in Kirklees. KYA was established in order to support community based organisations in their delivery of quality youth work. With over 100 member organisations from across Kirklees, KYA is able to influence local authority policy by its membership of a range of strategic boards; and has supported quality voluntary sector provision, including successfully co-ordinated the delivery of a £225k Healthy Holidays programme across the district in summer 2019.

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Serena Johnson and Sophie Simpson, Conscious Youth

Conscious Youth is an award winning youth-led CiC based in Huddersfield: set up in 2016 in response to local authority cuts to youth services. It challenges equalities by creating opportunities for young people to influence change and make a positive contribution to their community. The organisation aims to enhance the mental and emotional resilience of young people through youth-led innovative projects and events. We use consultation with young people to identify their skills, interests and felt needs. Current initiatives include; Kicks V Conscious Youth; Conscious Girls; Conscious Kidz; Empower yourself and ‘Bring back our park’ social action campaign.

Conscious Youth is run by Serena Johnson and Sophie Simpson & supported by an advisory board. Serena and Sophie are regularly commissioned to carry out consultancy work around the engagement of young people


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