BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Youth Connect South West is an independent non profit charity supporting young people in Bath and North East Somerset and beyond. We provide both universal and individual support for young people. We offer a range of opportunities including youth work, 1-1 targeted support and careers advice and guidance. As new charity we have a brand new board of trustees too. They bring with them a wide range of skills and expertise. Our trustees approve our operational plan, set budgets, provide reports and annual accounts. Trustees are elected each year at our Annual General meeting.
Our trustees ensure the smooth operation of Youth Connect South West by
Making sure our work benefits young people living in Bath and North East somerset
Act in the charities best interests
Make informed and balanced decisions about our work
Meet legal and financial responsibilities
Protect all assets and managing risk
Long time community worker and more recently a priest in the Anglican Church I have experience in developing and delivering community projects and managing public spaces. I became a trustee of Youth Connect South West because I think the work of the organisation and the facilities they provide are of great importance to the local community. Their work in guiding and nurturing young people through their transition to adulthood is a vital component in building a future that is hopeful and positive.
I have over 20 years of experience working in B&NES with young people, initially as a Careers Adviser in schools, then as a 1:1 Engagement Worker and most recently with the Partnership for Learning Team. I am also raising my own family here. I am part of the staff team who has transitioned from being part of the local authority to a charity and I’m really excited to be part of this growing and evolving organisation. Becoming a Trustee has been an opportunity to do something practical to show my support of YCSW and my colleagues.
I have over thirty years’ experience of working with children and young people, initially within Children’s Social Care, and then within a Strategic Commissioning role. I have been living and working in B&NES for over twenty years and in my role, I have consistently championed minority populations, particularly vulnerable children. I am committed to building strong partnerships with voluntary and statutory organisations to improve outcomes for marginalised groups. I am pleased to be a trustee for YCSW focusing on safeguarding and supporting the work it does in tackling the wide range of inequalities faced by children and young people in our communities.
I have worked in youth and community work in England for almost 4 decades, as a youth worker, community development worker, senior manager and professional trainer. I was pleased to be asked to become a trustee of Youth Connect South West as I have an interest in supporting the development of youth work in the region, and believe that mutual-based organisations have an important role to play in securing youth facilities and services that engage young people as partners and co-producers rather than simply as consumers.
For 18 years I have worked closely with the Youth Service and I have always been impressed by the positive impact the service has made on young people's lives. I bring to the role experience of collaborated projects with the voluntary sector, education, health and a range of other local and national partners and I have experience of human resources, teaching, working with families with vulnerable children and young people with additional needs, commissioning and managing in a local government context. My offer is to support the design of a new effective structure and enable YCSW to make a significant difference to the lives of young people in Bath and North East Somerset
Tracey attended youth clubs as a young person and became a youth worker in Keynsham. Since then, she has had a passion for working with young people and the positive difference young people’s services can make to someone’s life. After qualifying as a youth worker, she worked in many youth work roles with homeless young people, girls and young women and ran a youth centre in Bristol. In 1994 she moved to Bath and North East Somerset Council as a senior youth worker where she led on participation and detached youth work. In 2019 Tracey became the CEO of Youth Connect South West.