Hi, I am Andy and the Chair of Westgate Youth Project. I got involved with Westgate Youth Project about 6 years ago initially as the Secretary, then Chair. I am immensely proud of the work that the project does, providing a community, safe space, engaging and fun activities for young people with hidden disabilities. My wife, Paula is the Youth Work Manager and our daughter Rosie is Autistic, she was the inspiration for The Umbrella Club.
As trustees we are committed to supporting the work that Paula and her team do in delivering an excellent provision to young people with hidden disabilities.
Away from the project I work locally for a Pharmaceutical company leading teams in developing new respiratory medicines. Away from work I enjoy cycling and walking our two Golden Retrievers.
My name is Erin. I am a JNC qualified youth worker and have over 20 years experience delivering and managing youth work. My role as a trustee is Practice Development and Safeguarding. I have been part of Westgate Youth Project since the beginning, which shows how important I think the work is that the team are committed too. I bring my knowledge and experience of young people and youth projects to compliment the skills of other trustees.
Hi, I’m Di. I am a JNC qualified youth worker and have a background in finance, so my role as a trustee is Treasurer. I have worked with diverse groups of young people in diverse settings, such as centre based and street based for many years. I also volunteer for another local community organisation in Margate.
My name is Sharon and I am proud to have been a trustee of the Westgate Youth Project since 2017. I am an autism parent of 17 years to Sam, and have worked with children of all ages with special educational needs in schools for 12 years. I brought my son to the Umbrella Club almost as soon as it began. Provision for these young people to meet other young people with hidden disabilities in their local area was non-existent, and with them often attending school some distance from home the opportunity to access something local is invaluable. Since joining my son has made new friends, taken part in activities he would never have had the confidence to try previously and has had the opportunity to find his own community that he can identify with. The change in him has been dramatic, and he now has a place where he feels secure, welcomed and a valued member of the club.
I’m Jemma and I’m a parent of two children who have a diagnosis of ASD. I have worked with children and young people for almost 20 years in specialist schools and currently as a project officer for children and young people’s mental health.
Hi, I’m Susan. I have been a member of the committee since 2012. I also used to work as a voluntary youth worker for Westgate Youth Project. My real area of expertise is the local community as I know everyone, or who to ask!