I am a Scottish actress living in London and offer tuition up to A-Level, or further drama tuition for those hoping to apply to drama school. I like to work on an individual and personalised basis with each student. Depending on what they need, my sessions will be developed and catered towards their worries and fears, addressing the gaps they are struggling to fill. Whilst I offer an academic service, I can interweave this with confidence and leadership coaching as these issues tend to come hand in hand with the pressures of exams, school and growing up.
I have worked in various capacities with young people, including; arts-based youth engagement across Hackney and Islington, freelance employability workshops in schools across the UK, summer schools and specialised sessions with young women in secondary schools on encouraging fearlessness, compassion, leadership and courage, as well as dissecting structures of oppression, power and privilege. I have a BA (Hons) in African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (with a specialism in Film & Literature) and have been in training at the Identity School of Acting for the last two years.
If I have to travel over half an hour each way, I will add an expense.
I am an actor, writer and youth practitioner with a range of experience and interests including; youth & community work, participatory events, arts-based outreach & engagement.
(Please see Spotlight for my acting cv.)
09/2010 – 06/2014 University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
BA African Studies
08/2002 – 06/2008 James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh, 2 Advanced Highers (AA), 5 Highers (AAABB)
12/2017 - Present Trailblazer at Fearless Futures
Delivering innovative equality and leadership development programmes for girls and young women over 13 weeks with peer power at their core.
Managing impact and creating transformative change
Enhancing courage, knowledge and power
01/2017 - Present Freelance Facilitator at Future First, London-based, UK-wide
Working with schools to co-ordinate and deliver Future First careers events,
including leading assemblies and workshops with groups of between 10 and 300 young people
Facilitating the engagement of young people during the delivery of workshops
Designing high quality resources for these workshops
Maintaining high levels of feedback from students, teachers and volunteers about all aspects of their experience, and continuously evaluating both my own practice and wider programme design.
09/2015 – Present Alumni Engagement & Development Coordinator at SOAS, University of London
Face to face fundraising within the SOAS community (members, stakeholders, trustees, academics).
Co-editor of SOAS World (centenary version), SOAS’ bi-annual magazine for the alumni community, this included research for various articles, condensing academic work into shorter, reader-friendly versions.
Producing content in different mediums, such as pamphlets, web design, social media, press release and video, as well as coordinating logistics for events to showcase our research, using hootsuite and scheduling to ensure SOAS news/events is always being promoted on various different channels, targeting certain audiences.
Policy research concerning the change in data protection around fundraising and change in policy towards charities particularly.
10/2014 – 09/2016 Youth Engagement Worker at Hoxton Hall, Hackney & Rosebowl, Islington
Launching and running my own series of events for ages 14+ - ‘Get Talking’ at Hoxton Hall, as well as coordinating community events at The Rosebowl.
Running ‘Homework Club’, including 1:1 tuition
General pastoral care, ensuring safeguarding and child protection is being implemented correctly.
Mentoring vulnerable young people 1:1, particularly those at risk of gangs/CSE/juvenile detention.
Outreach and recruitment of young people.
Interaction with social services, schools, PRU’s, other organisations and the police, also including the discussion of prevention strategies.
Facilitating various arts sessions including drama, dance, music, storytelling.
Coordinating programmes and tutors.
Stakeholder engagement: meeting with donors, council members, trustees.
Database, monitoring and administrative work.
09/2008 – 10/2009 Internship at Waverley Care - Charity providing care and support to people living with HIV or Hepatitis C throughout Scotland
Working directly with children affected/infected by HIV/AIDs, largely children whose parents are service users, offering them practical and emotional support
Assisting in creating research around external factors of living with positive status parents, often involving prison, drug addiction and neglect.
02/2008 - 08/2012 Youth worker/advocacy/research at Umthombo Street Children, South
Africa - Charity committed to providing alternatives for street children and a way out of the streets (for 2-4 months each year working in various capacities)
Outreach and young person recruitment
Supporting permanent staff members in their daily activities/sessions
City of London & Hackney Safeguarding Children Board (chscb)
Level 1 Safeguarding
Introduction to CSE
Impact of Neglect & Emotional Abuse on Children and Young People
Dynamics of Domestic Abuse
The Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool in Practice
Supporting Young People Affected by CSE - Tools for Practitioners
Safer London Foundation
Young People In Gangs Training
CSE In Gangs
Full Enhanced DBS
Currently undergoing Actor training at Identity School of Acting (Tuesday & Thursday evenings only)
Youth Arts facilitation - drama, poetry, pastoral
Computer skills: MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
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