Meet the youth service team | Medway Council

Management team

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Head of Service

Kelly has been Head of Youth Services since July 2019 and also oversees Medway’s First Response, Early Help and Adolescent Service.

She has been working for Medway Children’s services for over 25 years, where she started as a volunteer working with young people.

Kelly works with her teams to offer services to children, young people and their families that will support them to reach their goals and full potential.

Kelly enjoys listening to 80s music, cooking for others and photography.

Email: kelly.cogger@medway.gov.uk

Roy smith

Operations Manager

Roy has been working with the Youth Service for the past 20 years, where he started as a play worker and detached youth worker.

He enjoys delivering training and developing new projects. He has also worked as a youth work tutor at YMCA George Williams College.

Roy is a strong advocate of participative practice and is keen to ensure young people are actively involved in the development of the service.

He is studying part-time for a PhD in young people’s political participation and loves running, swimming, cooking and makes electronic music in his spare time.

Email: roy.smith@medway.gov.uk

Amy st louis youth worker

Business, Marketing and Fundraising Officer

Amy supports the Youth Media team with skills and development.  Amy also supports the Medway Youth Council for the Medway Youth Awards.

She loves travelling, board games, cooking and cycling. Her favourite food is dill pickles and favourite film is the Wizard of Oz.

Email: amy.stlouis@medway.gov.uk

Hazel frost

Senior Administrator

Hazel supports the seniors with administration and finance and oversees youth centre building maintenance.

She loves performing arts and being creative in her free time.

Email: hazel.frost@medway.gov.uk

Gillingham and Twydall

Angela taylor

Senior Youth Development Worker

Angela is a team leader at Woodlands Youth Centre and works from the Gillingham and Twydall hub.

She supports her team in delivering an array of centre and street-based activities across Gillingham and Twydall area. She also manages the Duke of Edinburgh programme for the Medway youth service and delivers child protection training to new team members and partner organisations.

Angela loves working with young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). She is also a scout leader and loves reading.

Email angela.taylor@medway.gov.uk

Dave Elstone

Youth Development Worker

Dave is a youth development worker for the Gillingham and Twydall area.

He specialises in sports, in particular football and boxing. He is qualified in first aid and a Duke of Edinburgh trainee assessor.

In his spare time he enjoys all sports.

Email: david.elstone@medway.gov.uk

Stella Williams

Assistant Youth Development Worker

Stella is based at the Gillingham and Twydall Family Hub in Woodlands Road, Gillingham.

She loves sewing, making different outfits, sports, cooking and travelling.

Stella is very passionate about young people’s social and personal development

Email: stella.williams@medway.gov.uk

Luton and Rainham

Angela Cox

Senior Youth Development Worker

Angela is a senior youth worker for the Luton and Rainham area which includes Lordswood.  She manages projects across this area with her team. When she is not out and about she is based at the Parkwood Youth Centre. 

She is a good listener, calm, understanding and she likes to help people wherever she can.

Angela loves to socialise with friends and family, she enjoys travelling, listening to music, anything arty and walking her dog in the countryside or on the beach. You do not often see Angela out of her flip flops.

Email: angela.cox@medway.gov.uk

David Leece

Assistant Youth Development Worker

David supports youth work in the Luton and Rainham area and is based at Parkwood Youth Centre.

He specialises in sport, particularly football and graphic design.

His interests and hobbies are playing football, running, travelling, adventurous activities and arranging charity events.

David’s favourite food is curry and his favourite film is Shawshank Redemption.

Email: david.leece@medway.gov.uk

Robb Wilson

Youth Development Worker

Robb is a Youth Worker for the Luton and Rainham area which includes Lordswood. 

Robb supports projects across this area with his team. When he is not out and about he is based at Parkwood Youth Centre. 

Robb likes working with young people to come up with new and different ideas for activities.

Robb is into gaming, everything from table-top board games, online gaming, Dungeons and Dragons, game design and running Nerf activities. He also likes playing the drums, filmmaking, camping and completing survival training.

Email: robert.wilson@medway.gov.uk

Strood and the Hoo Peninsula

Allan Harris, youth worker

Assistant Youth Development Worker

Allan works in Strood and the Peninsula.

Allan’s specialities are music, video games and adventurous activities.

He runs a music studio and music-based events, as well as The Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Allan is a great listener and motivator of young people. He loves it when young people realise their own potential, overcome challenges and achieve.

When not at work, Allan enjoys cooking, film, TV and gaming. He is also a scout leader in Medway, so can be found out on some sort of adventure most of the time.

Allan does not have favourites. He will famously eat anything, watch anything, play anything. He strongly believes that Ben and Jerry’s is the only ice cream worth buying.

Email: allan.harris@medway.gov.uk

Helen Elstone

Senior Youth Development Worker

Helen is a senior youth worker for Strood and the Peninsula area, managing youth provisions in Strood, Hoo and other areas on the Peninsula.

Within the Medway youth team she specialises in accreditations, offering young people the opportunity to gain non-academic qualifications to enhance their CV.

Away from youth work her passion is football. In her spare time you'll find Helen, along with family members, attending Tottenham’s home games. If not there, she will be sitting on the banks of the river fishing or cooking at home.

Email: helen.elstone@medway.gov.uk

Lindsay hartney

Youth Development Worker

Lindsay works for the Strood, Peninsula and Rochester West Team as a youth development worker.

Having lived on the Peninsula with her two children while they were at secondary school and working as a youth worker in the area for over 15 years, Lindsay has a good understanding of what it is like for young people living on the Peninsula and how isolating it can be.

Lindsay enjoys doing many things with young people including cooking, jewellery making and one to one support in school. She likes watching football, she's a Chelsea supporter and used to be a football coach.

She loves spending time with her family and has a keen interest in aromatherapy and loves holidaying in Devon and Cornwall.

Her favourite band is UB40, favourite film is 27 dresses and favourite food is a roast dinner.

Email: lindsay.hartney@medway.gov.uk

Walderslade, Rochester East and Chatham

Erin scott

Assistant Youth Development Worker

Erin works in Walderslade, Rochester East and Chatham. She is regularly at the WREC Room - a unit we run for young people in the Pentagon Centre, Chatham. She is a great listener and is always willing to offer a helping hand.

She loves taking part in adrenaline-racing activities and is always up for a laugh. In her spare time she enjoys socialising with friends and family, having movie nights with snacks and having a good pamper session to unwind!

Erin cannot pick one film as her favourite, but her favourite snack to have on a movie night is sweet and salted popcorn and nachos.

Email: erin.scott@medway.gov.uk

Paulvir Khaira

Assistant Youth Development Worker

Paul works in Chatham, Walderslade and Rochester East. He has recently joined the team and you can catch him down the WREC room most days.

Apart from being a cool and collective guy, Paul is a great person to talk to and very understanding.

In his spare time Paul likes to spend time with his girlfriend and hang out with friends watching football or going for a walk.

Email: paulvir.khaira@medway.gov.uk

Pieter Barry

Senior Youth Development Worker

Pieter is a senior youth worker for Chatham, Rochester East and Walderslade, managing the youth projects in these areas.

His team run the WREC Room, a youth provision based at the Pentagon Centre, Chatham, with programming including music and cooking workshops.

He loves music and has been playing the guitar for over 20 years. Pieter also enjoys sports including football and table tennis.

Email: pieter.barry@medway.gov.uk

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Assistant Youth Development Worker

Elena is going to be based in Medway Hospital in the Children’s Emergency Department, which is a new project for this year. She also supports detached and targeted youth work and running activities in the WREC Room.

Elena has just completed a degree in Sociology and Criminology and has worked in different settings, including Rochester prison and Cookham Wood Youth Offending Institute. Elena believes in empowering young people to make good life decisions and building resilience through youth participation.

In her spare time, Elena enjoys listening to music, usually drum and bass, and loves going to festivals with friends. She also enjoys reading about feminism and looking after her two pet guinea pigs.

Email: elena.margerison@medway.gov.uk

Youth Participation and Medway Youth Council

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Youth Development Worker

Karen supports the Medway Youth Council, a voice for young people in Medway, and is also a volunteer with Medway Police Cadets.

She is also working on a project called the Recruitment Squad where she works with young people that form part of interview panels for those applying for jobs within children services.

Karen has worked with children and young people for around 25 years in different roles. She started a youth club in Grain that is still running 20 years on. Karen is young person centred and a good project planner and has a lot of ideas. She is very patient and understanding.

She loves spending time with her daughters and friends. She is interested in history and loves visiting historical places.

She also loves nothing more than a good box set to sit and watch, and going out for meals.

Email: karen.yusuf@medway.gov.uk

Be Yourself Employability Programme

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Assistant Youth Development Worker

Astrid is part of the Be Yourself Team, supporting young people aged 16 to 21, and up to 25 with additional needs who are not in education, employment or training.

The aim of this programme is to help young people to return to education, find employment or training opportunities to support their development.

Astrid finds great job satisfaction in supporting young people and developing their aspirations and job goals. She enjoys outside activities, walking, bike riding and travelling to exotic places.

Email: astrid.pearce@medway.gov.uk

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Assistant Youth Development Worker

The Be Yourself Team is dedicated to helping young people progress and develop themselves for their futures, working to build their confidence, skills and work ethics. This is to enable young people to advance on to their next steps in their journeys, in education, training or work.

The team focuses on supporting young people aged 16 to 21, and up to 25 with additional needs.

Kerry is an avid crafter, and spends most of her spare time crafting, with painting, textiles, papercraft and everything else.

She also tries to incorporate her love for art into her work life, getting young people involved in arts and crafts to help them consider whether they would like a career in the arts.

Email: kerry.shaw@medway.gov.uk

Information, Advice and Guidance Team

Tarnya Cregeen

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Lead

Tarnya leads the IAG team, who work with 16 to 17 year old young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). She manages Medway’s data collection tasks for young people in work, education or training. 

Tarnya also oversees the social media content to support all young people in Medway achieve their goals. She works closely with the main stakeholders, both at Medway Council and externally, to seek opportunities for work and learning for young people.

Tarnya enjoys eating out with friends, the theatre and country music.

Email: tarnya.cregeen@medway.gov.uk

Priya pai

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Specialist

Priya supports clients aged 16- 18 with careers information, advice and guidance.

She is also involved in destination tracking of young people in Medway.

Priya works closely with the Youth Offending Team to support their vulnerable clients with IAG, job and apprenticeship searches and explores training opportunities including work experience.

In her spare time, she enjoys watching Bollywood movies and cooking different cuisines.

Email: priya.pai@medway.gov.uk

Louise Phipps

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Specialist

The IAG team supports young people aged 16 to 18 with careers information, advice and guidance.

Our aim is to support young people into work, education, apprenticeships or training.

We are on social media where we advertise jobs and you can contact us.

Louise likes travelling and reading.

Email: louise.phipps@medway.gov.uk

Amy Heeney, youth worker

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Specialist

Amy supports young people in Medway aged 16 to 18 and provide careers guidance. She helps them with education, training and employment.

Part of her role requires her to track young people living in Medway. She needs to find out what they are currently up to. This helps the team to connect with young people that may need support from the IAG Team.

Amy often works from the WREC Room where we can offer drop-in services for Medway’s young people.

In her free time, Amy loves to spend time with her family. She enjoys shopping and is also a bit of a car enthusiast!

Email: amy.heeney@medway.gov.uk

Emma Inch

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Specialist

The IAG Team supports 16 to 18-year olds with careers information, advice and guidance and involved in destination tracking of young people in Medway.

Emma is currently working towards a level 6 qualification in IAG.

In her spare time she enjoys travelling, nature and socialising.

Email: emma.inch@medway.gov.uk

Sam Rowley West

Young Person’s Tracking Officer

Sam makes contact with young people who are 16 to 18 years old within Medway to confirm if they are in education or employment. If they are not in either of these she will offer support with an IAG specialist. Sam also posts jobs to the Job Search for Young People in Medway Facebook page to make it easier for young people to apply.

Sam enjoys travelling in her free time along with spending time with her family and friends. As well as scuba diving, she loves the outdoors, appreciates the world around her, and does her bit for the environment when she can.

Email: samantha.rowleywest@medway.gov.uk

Helen cook

Young Person’s Tracking Officer

Helen is usually based at Gun Wharf, Chatham. She contacts 16 to 18 year olds within Medway to check if they are in work or education. If they are not, Helen will offer to refer them for one-to-one support with an IAG specialist or suggest they join IAG’s Facebook group for support if they prefer. Helen signposts them to relevant work or training support available in Medway.

Helen enjoys spending time with family and friends, music, reading, films, cooking, long walks and travelling.

Her favourite film is Lost In Translation, closely followed by The Holiday, Fast and The Furious, Harry Potter, and Bridget Jones. She enjoy most films to be fair, but really not a fan of sci fi.

Email: helen.cook@medway.gov.uk

To make a youth enquiry, email youth.enquiries@medway.gov.uk