I am Jenni, born in Scotland to Scouse parents, I have lived most of my life on the south coast of England! I have worked with young people since I was a young person myself, I am a big believer that adolescence is a hard time of life to live through and passionate about enabling young people to access the support they need.
Over the years I have seen how trauma has an impact on lives and been privileged to support many young people and adults either directly or indirectly through different experiences of mental health. And this drives me to help those working with young people to understand these better.
I have had a varied career, most of which has been in and around schools from teacher to outside agency and then into training those going into schools as volunteers to bring faith-based assemblies and lessons or groups. The last 4 years I have been self-employed and in that time I have held some varied roles including Chair of Governors (voluntary!) at local infant & junior schools, facilitating the Concrete Youth Work think tank on Young People and Mental Health in the Church, overseeing the training of youth workers in hubs across the country, and mentoring of youth workers on a one-to-one basis online. I write a regular column for Premier Youth and Children’s Work Magazine on school’s work and am the author of a book ‘Mental Health and Young People’ published by Grove Books. I launched a new podcast called ‘Jenni Talks’ which focusses on supporting those who support young people over the summer and I am an active member at my local church in Eastbourne, The Gather Collective.
My family are brilliant although I’m learning just how much harder it is to be a parent of teenagers than a youth worker!
I’m a stationery addict, a family historian and a gift giver, I love finding the right gift for someone to encourage them, and make them smile.
I’m a good listener and sounding board, I have been privileged to listen to a lot of people’s stories and in doing so have realised just how precious it is to have someone to talk to, to be accountable to, who will encourage us to become our best selves.