Staff Profiles

Charlotte Faram – Project Worker Joined Bright Futures 2015 Charlotte has a significant history in working with survivors of Domestic Abuse and within the Mental Health sector. Charlotte delivers accredited courses and offers 1:1 support to young women who may be at risk or have been affected by grooming and exploitation. “I’m thrilled to be […]


Charlotte Faram – Project Worker

Joined Bright Futures 2015

Charlotte has a significant history in working with survivors of Domestic Abuse and within the Mental Health sector. Charlotte delivers accredited courses and offers 1:1 support to young women who may be at risk or have been affected by grooming and exploitation.

I’m thrilled to be part of the Bright Futures team and to work more closely with potentially vulnerable young women again. It’s great to work with our fabulous young women within schools and beyond”

 

Abigail Pagan – Project Worker

Joined Bright Futures 2015

Abby started working for Bright Futures in October 2015 as a volunteer. Originally funded through Street Games, Abby used sports as a tool to engage with young people on evenings and in areas identified as hot spots for anti-social behaviour. Abbie now works part time on a number of projects including the employability programme and evening group work.

“I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to work at Bright Futures. The training and support I have received has been excellent and has enabled me to develop my knowledge and skills further, supporting more young women”.

 

Dominique Hendry – Project Worker

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joanne Wilkinson – Project Worker

Joined Bright Futures 2015

Jo delivers the young women’s personal safety accredited program in schools in Newcastle, South Tyneside and North Tyneside. The program helps young women to spot the signs of an unhealthy relationship and looks at how to stay safe online. It also educates young women around grooming and child sexual exploitation. Jo also supports victims on a one a one to one basis that may be at risk of or directly affected by grooming and child sexual exploitation.

Jo’s background includes various roles supporting young people. After completing her degree in Social Work she has worked for various projects that help young people to stay out of trouble with the Police, supported young people who go missing and worked with victims of child sexual exploitation.

“It is great to have the opportunity to work with groups of young people in schools and educate them around these important issues. I am proud to work for a project that goes the extra mile to make sure as many young people as possible learn about risks and ways to stay safe.”

 

Ruth Hobson – Project Worker

Joined Bright Futures 2015

Working part time, Ruth supports with a number of different projects including delivering accredited courses in secondary schools. Ruth runs two young mums groups in local children’s centres. Ruth also runs the Mini Ambassadors group which runs every Thursday. Ruth also works on the employability programme supporting young women who are unemployed and 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, 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.”

 

 

 

Veena Bumma-Dykes – Project Co-ordinator

Joined Bright Futures 2015

Her current role at Bright Futures involves supporting staff and developing new areas of work in South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Newcastle and more recently Sunderland.

Veena’s youth and community work experience spans over 25 years from a sessional worker to youth work manager; in the last 10 years she has also had a career as a lecturer teaching Youth and Community studies and Health and Social Care.

“After a number of years working in the FE/HE sector, I felt more and more drawn back to youth work, so when I was given the choice of redundancy- I jumped at the chance of going back to what I really love; working with young people as an informal educator. I love working at Bright Futures – it’s dynamic and evolving into a regional organisation but still retains its grass roots principles. I’m looking forward to the new challenges and the role I can play in developing this work”.

 

Lee Crosby

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.

 

Lianne Reidy

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 currently working two evenings a week engaging with young people through detached work offering them positive educational sessions and giving them a safe place to go at times they could be at risk.   “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.”