Students at the University of St Mark & St John have been granted three of only ten UK scholarships by the Youth Work Foundation.
The grants of £2000 each were won by Ann-Marie McLeod, Kate Smith and Fiona Jones for their unique work placement projects during their studies in youth and community work.
Dr Susan Cooper, Programme Leader, BA Honours Youth and Community Work, said: “There were only ten awards made nationally, and three were awarded to our students, each of whom will use their scholarship for a work placement to directly benefit young people. These awards will have an impact for the wider social picture.”
Michael Bracey, Chair of the Youth Work Foundation which administers the fund said: “We need to do all we can to encourage youth workers to get qualified – young people will benefit in the long run.”
The Youth Work Foundation is an independent charity administered by the National Youth Agency. It has awarded 35 bursaries of £200 and 10 scholarships of £2000 to help those who want to study for the Joint Negotiating Committee recognised youth work qualifications.
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Case Study: Ann-Marie McLeod
As part of her programme, BA Youth and Community Work, Ann-Marie McLeod from Truro will work for a project in Cornwall called Truro Foyer which supports housing for young people aged 16-24 in a residential setting.
Her bid to the Youth Work Foundation is to use a therapeutic intervention called Spectrum Therapy TM, which is a blend of hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming and colour therapy. She said: "When I found out I had been awarded the scholarship, I felt so grateful to be given the chance to enhance my youth work practice with this therapeutic approach"
“Spectrum Therapy is up and coming in the UK and is being used successfully to treat serious cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I will use my funding to enable me to work on one-to-one intervention treatment in cases of trauma, which is often a result of abuse.”
Having worked as a fitness instructor before joining the University, Ann-Marie began working with a pupil referral unit for excluded school pupils teaching Zumba to young people. She said: "It was my work delivering dance fitness sessions to excluded school pupils that inspired me to study youth and community work. Sometimes working with excluded young people can be very challenging but I view challenging behaviour as an opportunity to offer insight, understanding and now Spectrum Therapy TM and Emotional Coaching."
Case Study: Kate Smith
Kate Smith from St Austell will work on a project to support young people in well-being and healthy lifestyles. She said: “This was a fantastic opportunity and, as the first time the funding has been offered, I was delighted to be one of the chosen students. I’ll use my grant to study best practice in different settings such as a visit to London, in March, to see how projects are run in larger cities with different challenges to those faced by young people in Cornwall.”
“The two projects I’m visiting are called ‘The Salmon Project’ which is the biggest youth project in the UK and ‘XLP’ which offers outreach to young people on a purple double decker bus where I hope to document my research with a video blog.”
Kate will work at The House for Young People Cornwall. Having had contact with the organisation herself previously, Kate has returned to work somewhere that helped her in her younger years.
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