MEET THE AVENUES FAMILY
GET TO KNOW OUR FRIENDLY & DEDICATED TEAM
As a community worker for many years young people would speak highly of The Avenues. Wanting to help, I joined the Board in 2002. I was Chair from 2010-2016 and now hold the position of Director. It’s great to see children flourishing here.
Carol started coming to the Avenues aged 14 and in theory never really left. Working in the city for 12 years as an Executive Assitant and Global Administration Manager, Carol always managed to sustain a part-time position as a youth worker in the evenings. In 2008 Carol decided that city life was no longer for her and took on the full-time role of Facilities and Finance Manager. In 2002 Carol graduated from Middlesex University and currently holds a BA(Hons) degree in Youth Work.
In 1980 Carol Bent joined the Avenues as a volunteer & within a few weeks was offered a part time role, which led to his appointment in 1984 as assistant youth worker. In 1998 Carol was made Senior youth worker, until 2014 when he semi-retired and took on the role of Facilities and Finance Manager.
Ethan started coming to the Avenues as a member when he was 13 years old. Training under Basil Dawkins of Moberly Stars, Ethan is still actively competing and is the clubs Judo coach and lead youth worker for the Avenues Judo Club. Ethan is a first Dan black belt.
Candice attended The Avenues as a young person and eventually became a volunteer whilst studying for her degree in Events and Project Management. Candice loves the great outdoors and is always ready to lead on a residential trip or our youth delivery at The Lydford Youth Club on a Wednesday and Friday evening.
I first came to the avenues when I was 14 and I grew to love going there as a teenager. Having the opportunity now to be a youth worker and give back to the community is great.
Heading up our music suite Delphine supports young people with music production, song writing and lyrics. Using his wealth of experience as both an artist and producer young people continue to produce quality tracks that can be found on the Avenues icloud.
Volunteer and Honorary Trustee
Patricia came to the Avenues as a volunteer in 2015 and within a matter of months established the 121 reading club. Reading is now an embedded activity at the Wednesday after school club, where young people are introduced to new and exciting authors.
Lead Youth Worker
In my role as a Youth Worker/Gang Intervention I lead on projects that provide education, training and employment in a variety of sectors from sport to sexual health.
Lead Youth Worker
Wayne attended the Avenues at the age of 13 and became ingrained into the club, which aided the transformation from youth to youth worker. Being an ex-member gave Wayne the necessary tools needed to challenge and encourage young people from their standpoint.
Keighley is an enthusiastic young teacher who inspires young people to want to learn, she also wants young people to believe that learning can be a fun experience. Her passion is to help young people that struggle with their school work and might not be able to access the necessary space, equipment and resources that they need in order to achieve a higher level of attainment. Keighley loves working with young people and one day hopes to be the head teacher of her own school.
Lead Youth Worker
Coming from a background of retail management and professional counselling, Joanna joined the Avenues youth work team in 2006. 10 years and 2 babies later Joanna heads up our girls club and leads on our Wednesday Senior sessions.
Brandi is a qualified teacher that currently works at a college teaching Sociology to A-level students. Brandi is dedicated to improving attainment amongst young people by improving their learning experiences across the board.
Rohan specializes in IAG for young people and their families and early intervention work. He has been a crucial part of Avenues radio and the annual radio broadcast since 2003 and is one of our longest serving youth workers having joined The Avenues in 2001.
Coming from a background in music engineering, Oli works with the young people at the Zone on Wednesday afternoon. Working in the Radio and Recording studio, Oli supports young people in gaining new skills.
Lucinda is passionate about the work that we do here at the Avenues. Using arts and crafts as a platform to encourage expression and creativity, Lucinda delivers informal sessions for our members aged 8-13 years old.
Holding a degree in Media, Nicole heads up our radio project aimed at our junior members. Nicole has a wealth of experience working with young people and is an experienced DJ who has her own show. Nicole volunteers in both the office and with the children and young people.
VOLUNTEER AT THE AVENUES
WE’RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A HELPING HAND
Volunteers play an important part in supporting the staff and help to make sure we deliver the best services possible. All volunteers work under the supervision of a permanent member of staff and receive training if necessary. Volunteers vary widely in age, expertise and in their roles but they share a common high standard in character, integrity and approach to their work. We value their support and hope that, as well as contributing to our work, they also benefit from their time here. We particularly need help in our after school and Saturday clubs, in the office and with our social and fund raising activities.
Volunteers with young people require a current DBS (police) check, which we can organise if required. Applications are always welcome. If you would like to get involved you can return your application either by email or post to the address on the form. For more information you can also contact Jennie Marshall on 020 8969 9552 or email email@example.com> DOWNLOAD A VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM
OUR DEDICATED TRUSTEES
The Avenues Youth Project is a Registered Charity (no.1090210) and governed by our board of Trustees. They have overall legal responsibility for all aspects of the charity including its finances, building, staff and activities. Our Annual report and accounts are submitted to The Charity Commission every year.
Originally joined The Avenues as a volunteer and became a trustee 3 years ago. Living locally, with a background in education, I enjoy being involved with young people and the dedicated Avenues team.
Virginia became involved with Avenues in 1992 and was responsible for raising funds for the current building. She has worked with the voluntary sector in Paddington for over 50 years and is a Trustee of Paddington Development Trust.
Educated in Liverpool and Nottingham and spent formative time in Germany and the Caribbean. Lived in W2 since 1969. Was careers teacher at Paddington School and later head of the Elgin Avenue site of North Westminster Community School. Served on committees of Metro Club, Portobello Project and Westminster Community Relations Council.
Mark Wakefield is currently the Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager at IBM, having previously has a 22 year career in youth and community work in London, including 6 years as the Director of the Avenues Youth Project. Mark Wakefield is a Fellow of the RSA, is a trustee (Vice Chair) of youth charity UK Youth and of the Avenues Youth Project (including nearly 10 years as the Chair). Mark has a B.Ed (Uni.Wales), MBA (Open University), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Youth and Community Work.
Eartha is a former member of the Avenues Youth Project and a local resident. A leader in Education, Sports, Politics and our community. Eartha currently holds positions as an:
- Assistant Vice Principal (Education)
- Premier League Player (Tottenham Hotspurs Ladies FC)
- Vice Chair of Queens Park Community Council.
Eartha is a Woman's Premier League & FA Cup Winner, also earning several accolades such as UK Sports Teacher of the Year & Commendations from the Daily Telegraph.
Eartha is passionate about Youth Engagement and seeking opportunities to enhance their life experiences.
In her leisure time she enjoys listening to all genres of music, going to the theatre and socialising with friends.
Catharina has spent 18 years in the City in various senior positions with international investment banks. She has also created her own venture. She is a senior advisor at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). She holds Masters degrees from Essec, Franc,e and the University of Mannheim, Germany. She is a mother of one and actively involved in school work and teaching at her local parish church. She joined the board in 2016.
Clive graduated from Bath University with a BA in European Studies (French and Italian) in 1993. In 1997 he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. He has worked extensively in business (primarily in Shipping, Asset Management and IT) and in practice in the UK and Monaco. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales as well as a Chartered Shipbroker. He enjoys competitive squash and tennis, and recreational Kung Fu and pursues interests in local history, art and architecture.
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