Got2B has a vision to provide good quality anti-oppressive Youth Work in our community. We are able to deliver a range of youth and community projects.
We aim to engage Young People by providing an alternative to anti-social activities; giving them a space and voice with trusted adults. Thus, leading to an increased feeling of safety within the community and hopefully reducing crime.
As a Community Interest Company we are a not for profit organisation and funds are put back into expanding services within the local area.
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You can find an individual biography for both our directors
Over the last 20 years working in Witney, Carterton and Bampton, I have worked with young people who have been in gangs, have self-harmed, attempted suicide, have drugs and alcohol problems, bereavement and loss, family break ups, school refusal, eating disorders, anxiety and children in the care system. I have worked with a number of young women who have made disclosures of rape and sexual assault.
I have ran young women’s groups as part of a prevention of sexual exploitation strategy that I developed. The course has been very successful and has seen significant reductions in sexual exploitation. West Oxfordshire County Council approached me to write a course for them, so the girls group concept can be distributed across West Oxfordshire as a prevention strategy for all. I also have run parent support meetings and parent’s information evenings as part of a strategy to improve attendance and reduce sexual exploitation, these have been very successful.
I have written and run groups for the young people to support our behaviour policy. Topics that we have covered are: sex, drugs, sexual exploitation, county lines, keeping safe, how to improve attendance, nurture and relationships. I have attended child protection conferences and core group meetings and I have led many TAC meetings. I also support some individuals with mentoring using my counselling skills obtained from my degree in youth work.
I really believe the best way to support young people, is both as a role model and by being up to date with current effective ways of working.
I have worked as a home school community link worker for the Burford school Partnership, I provided support to parents/carers/families. I supported families with a wide range of issues, including bereavement, family breakdown, mental health difficulties, parent isolation, debt, accessing benefits, drug and alcohol misuse, housing problems, children’s behaviour management and parent’s lack of confidence in their ability to parent.
I have provided support and advocacy for families of children with additional needs, and I have worked in partnership with Education Social Workers, behaviour support specialists, PCAMHS, GP’s and schools to support identified families to achieve regular attendance, reduce exclusions and access appropriate schooling and support for their children. I have good links with local agencies and I am able to act as a signpost for young people and families to ensure that they receive appropriate support.
Growing up in a small village lead to me taking up whatever activities were available. My week became filled with Red Cross , Brownies, Choir, Youth Club and Sunday school. One of the biggest influences in my life was my involvement with the Red Cross. From the age of ten I participated at weekend camps and by the time I was 16 I was helping to run the junior section of the village Red Cross Group and from there the natural progression was to take on the youth (11-15) age range soon afterwards. When I started to work for the Red Cross, I was initially a secretary, but my voluntary youth work continued and when a vacancy arose, I became Assistant Branch Youth Officer for Red Cross Youth in Oxfordshire. During that time, I worked with schools promoting first aid training, helped to deliver a babysitters training programme and was part of a small group who planned and organised a major weekend camping festival for 1000 young people to celebrate the 125th Birthday of the Red Cross. I was also a voluntary trainer for Oxfordshire Ambulance Service and helped to teach CPR throughout the county. I left my youth work post following the birth of my first son but continued to work as a First Aid Trainer delivering First Aid at Work courses, I also gained my D32 & D33 NVQ assessors’ qualification and finally left when I had my third child in 1999.
In May 2000 I started work as a part time youth worker at the Allandale Youth Centre in Carterton. I was Lead Youth Worker at Burford for four years. I have also Worked on outreach and detached projects in Witney and Carterton. I have worked with multi-agencies at Bodyzone health drop-in at Burford School. I have run a young volunteers progamme, organised residential weekends and worked open access youth sessions in Bampton, Burford, Carterton, Eynsham and Witney. Following Youth Service Cuts I moved to Early Intervention Work. Working with families and children on a wide range of issues, such as truancy, disability, family break down, domestic violence. I ran a group specifically for parents and children who had additional social needs focussing on play and simple parenting techniques. I helped facilitate family links and Take 3 parenting programmes. I specialised in the role of Duty Worker, taking calls from multi- agency professionals and parents and giving immediate guidance and support. I supported CAF/TAC/TAF meetings and acted as lead professional for many young people. This Duty role became more important when I joined the Locality Team for Childrens Services in 2017 where my primary role was dealing with no names safeguarding concerns from professionals.
Meet our team …
I have worked with young people in various educational settings and in the community for over ten years. Having taken different roles in youth work, student support, safeguarding and mentoring I have gained a wealth of experience in supporting young people and their families through challenging times and in partnership with other services. I worked as the Gateway Centre Coordinator in it’s early days at Abingdon and Witney College. Here I developed the provision, writing and delivering a flexible, inclusive and supportive course designed to enable young people not currently in education, training or employment, to identify what they wanted to achieve and giving them the tools to make a successful progression.
Having spent some time home-schooling my own three children I am well-aware of the different challenges some children and young people may face in formal educational settings. It is my passion to ensure that as professionals we work in a creative and innovative way to ensure everyone has the opportunity and access to an education that is right for them. To be included and to feel empowered.
I recently graduated with an MA in Fine Art and so as an artist I am looking forward to exploring creative opportunities for expression and connection with the local community.
Emma is studying at Ruskin College and is completing her fieldwork placement with Got2B
Libby is a Ruskin College student and is completing her fieldwork placement with Got2B
JC is studying at Ruskin College and is completing his fieldwork placement with Got2B
Nicola is our Parent Buddy Service Manager.
Nicola has 4 children, 2 with additional needs. She has a wealth of knowledge to support Parents.
Sophie is studying Health & Social Care at Abingdon and Witney College. She is completing her work placment with us at Got2B
As a BSc psychology student, I use my knowledge as well as personal experience with mental health to advocate for a no-stigma, open and honest approach to conversations around mental health and well-being.
Chloe is studying Health and Social Care at Abingdon and Witney College. She is on a work placement with us at Got2B
Claire is our new Sessional Assistant Youth Worker and will be working evening sessions in Witney.
Lenny is our Pets As Therapy Dog.He will be joining us at lots of sessions, I think he will soon become the favourite team member,
Growing up in Carterton, youth clubs were a part of my life throughout my teens, so I am so excited to be a part of the GOT2B team. As a BSc psychology student, I use my knowledge as well as personal experience with mental health to advocate for a no-stigma, open and honest approach to conversations around mental health and well-being. Mental health advocacy is a true passion of mine - young people deserve better, and my aim is to provide them with the best possible outcomes in life. I especially love using creativity and emotional literacy as tools of expression, providing explorative ways of both understanding and coping with difficulties. Being a ‘young person’ myself (a tittle I’m still clinging onto at 20!) I form connections that are understanding and caring, and where no topic is taboo.
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