Senior Lecturer in the Creative Communities Unit
I am a Senior Lecturer in the Creative Communities Unit. I teach, provide consultancy and undertake research related to volunteering, active citizenship, community engagement and participation. I also develop activities to introduce people to the University who have not studied before and to bring the University and communities together.
I worked at a senior/ strategic level in public and voluntary services for the 11 years before coming to Staffs in 2007. This included community development, community planning and partnership-working for regeneration and public service improvement, latterly in health and social care planning and commissioning. I completed my PG Dip in Health and Community Development with De Montfort University by distance learning during this time.
I have been an active volunteer since I was a teenager, including being a Trustee and Chair at Mind in North Staffs from 1998 -2006. After graduating with a BA Ed in 1993, I trained and worked as volunteer advice worker and as a counsellor and counselling supervisor, going on to manage the alcohol advisory services locally. Every job I’ve had since graduation has involved me in training volunteers and paid workers. I am studying PG Certificate in Higher and Professional Education.
Service Delivery for a Modern City management development programme (30 credits M level), Staffordshire University, 2005
Post Graduate Diploma Health and Community Development, De Montfort University 2004
Certificate in Counselling Supervision, Keele University, 1998
Certificate in Counselling, Stoke on Trent College, 1996
BAEd honours degree English and Professional Studies in Education, Liverpool Institute of Higher Education (Hope) 2003
Participatory Practitioners for Change Network – member of lead group
Federation for Community Development Learning – member
• Training and teaching for community practice
• Networking and partnership working
• Community development and engagement
• Anti-discriminatory practice
• Clear communication
• Participatory Action Research
• Active citizenship
• Community regeneration
• Arts and cultural development
• Project management, design and development
• ICT including website and social networking development
• Counselling and counselling supervision
We have a close partnership with Stoke on Trent City Council who commission us to provide training (accredited and non) for local residents, public and voluntary sector staff and elected Councillors. The courses that are linked to the Take Part pathfinder programme were shortlisted of a Staffordshire LearnMore Award and we won the University’s Sustainability in the Curriculum Award in 2010.
The Get Talking creative consultation course is delivered to a range of organisations, either as a training programme or as an integral part of a research project. We had HEIF3 funding in 2007-08 for the development of this training and to research the learning needs of public, voluntary and private sector staff in community engagement roles.
I am developing a process and tools to support community involvement in teaching, using a social networking internet site. We have previously had funding from the Technology Support Learning fund and the Transformation Fund. We support people to tell and share their digital stories of involvement in decision making and to discuss them online. This is called the Talk:Share project.
Member of the Institute for Applied Creative Thinking research centre in the Faculty of Arts Media and Design.
• Contribution to the Service User and Carer Involvement in Education Toolkit (pending publication).
• Contribution of 2 articles in the Community Work Skills Manual 2009, published by the Federation of Community Development Learning.
• Making Digital Stories guide, in partnership with REACH (pending publication by Staffordshire University)
• Presentation and workshops at conferences about Talk:Share and Get Talking including Adult and Community Learning conference in Staffordshire 2008, national Creative Industries and Communities conference 2009 (IESR)
Certificates of Credit – 15 credits
• Developing Approaches to Creative Consultation level 1
• Making a Difference in Your Community - Community Leadership for the 21st Century level 1
• Volunteering Action and Experience – level 1 and 2
• Contribution to Youth and Community work courses and Mentoring and Coaching courses
• Get Talking community consultation
• Community Volunteering
• Making a Difference in Your Community - Speaking Up
• Making a Difference in Your Community - Taking Part
• Managing Participatory Consultation
• Managing Volunteers
Contribution to modules in the MA Community Practice
• Supervision study days
• Heart of Engagement cafe workshops
• Taster workshops in a range of subjects
Staffordshire University, Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies
t: 01782 294540