Dominique Hendry – Project Manager
Joined Bright Futures 2012
Dominique joined Bright Futures when the Project first began in 2012. She has taken lead on several projects including supporting young women who are unemployed and helping them access further education, training and/or employment. She delivers accredited courses in both educational settings such as local schools and colleges and on a one to one basis to young women requirng further support. Dominique runs several groups on evenings with young people to help them make a positive difference within their community and giving them a safe place to go.
“As a Youth Worker at Bright Futures I am passionate about developing the organistion. I have seen the organisation grow and develop during the period of time I have worked there enabling me to further my skills, learning and knowledge within my role. Being able to work with young people and their families allows me to build strong trusting relationships, whilst the young people go through their transition.”
Fore more information, please contact Dominique on:
Joined Bright Futures in 2015
Working part time Tuesday to Friday, Ruth’s main role is to support young mums in the Tyne and Wear region. Ruth runs two young mums groups in local children’s centres. Ruth also works on the employability programme supporting young women who are unemployed, helping them access further education, training and/or employment.
Ruth’s background is in health education with a particular interest in women health. After completing her degree in Health Education, she developed her teaching experience and qualified as Secondary Science teacher in 2003. Ruth taught Science in schools in Newcastle and Gateshead for 10 years. During this time she developed her interest in health education and maternal health and completed an antenatal education diploma. She began teaching antenatal courses to parents-to-be in 2008. Ruth also runs many other parent and toddler groups in South Shields.
“Working as a project worker for Bright Futures has given me the opportunity to deliver a curriculum I believe in and feel passionate about, to young women. I feel strongly that schools should give young people the opportunity to develop life skills, skills which empower them to make informed choices, boosting their confidence and self-esteem; Bright Futures has enabled me to support young women in this way. Working with the young mums has enabled me to work on a more one-to-one level, to individualise support, changing lifestyles and improving life outcomes for the young mums and their children.”
For more information about support for young mums contact Ruth on:
Tuesday – Friday: 9-3
Joined Bright Futures 2015
Lee works as a sessional Detached Youth Worker two nights a week and has been working with the Bright Futures project since July 2015. Previously he has worked in a number of roles all of which have been centred on working with young people and families in targeted areas across Sunderland and South Tyneside.
Using sport as a tool to engage has been invaluable to Lee and he has a host of sporting qualifications including a UEFA B football coaching licence, which he uses to initiate conversations and sporting activities in the various sites he works. Lee is also qualified to deliver and assess Sports Leaders awards and this will be used by the Bright Futures project as a way of offering qualifications and awards to many of the young people that leave school with limited or no qualifications.
Working hours are Wednesday & Thursday: 5:30-8:30
Joined Bright Futures 2013
Lianne began her journey at Bright Futures by starting off as a volunteer. We supported Lianne back into education where she completed her Level 3 in Youth Work and progressed onto University. Lianne, now a qualified member of staff is working full time, Lianne works three nights a week with the detached team, engaging with young people on the streets, giving informal education around issues the young people may be facing. Lianne also works with Future Hope group, Ladies group, Harton lunch time drop in, Young mum’s as well as working with both our mini ambassadors groups. She is also available to support with Education or Employment whilst working closely with young girls who have been referred to Bright Futures for more intense support. “I am passionate about my work and love helping young people develop and grow. Having grown up in South Tyneside I am aware of the limited opportunities for young people in today’s society. Due to receiving support from Bright Futures I have been able to build up my skills, knowledge and confidence and I can now support young women in a similar situation I found myself in. I am happy to be part of the Bright Futures and give others a Brighter Future.”
For more information, please contact Lianne on:
Toni-Leigh Pearson – Project Worker
Joined Bright Futures 2019
Toni works part-time over the course of four days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. She has recently graduated with a degree in Community and Youth Work Studies. In her previous role Toni worked with the homeless community and predominantly those aged between 16-24. Toni was originally employed as a detached/outreach worker working with young people on an evening to deliver informal education, accredited courses, positive activities and social action projects. She has recently started a lunchtime drop in at Mortimer Community College and is currently taking the lead on a knife crime project funded by the Home Office. To continue her learning and development she also volunteers as a mentor at The Children’s Society/SCARPA Project. The project supports children and young people that go missing or are at risk of sexual exploitation.
“Throughout my career, I have taken every opportunity to support my practice and understanding of current trends, political agendas and all legislation that relates to the work I do. I am grateful for being given the opportunity to work alongside the team at Bright Futures”.
For more information please contact Toni on: