We would like to Introduce Dean, our new youth worker.

Dean MorganDean Morgan our new Lead Youth Worker has now been appointed. Dean has extensive experience in providing support and guidance to young people, dealing with contemporary issues such as gang culture, bullying, bereavement, unemployment, etc. Some excellent examples of Dean’s previous youth work include alternative education projects, performing arts projects and creative media projects (music, short films, Web design & social media) and sports programmes.

Sally Meredith from Alvechurch Communities Together (ACT), the charity behind The Lounge and its youth work commented: “We are really thrilled to have appointed someone with as much experience and creative ability to work with the young people of our Parish. Dean, a BSc (honours) graduate, is an extremely experienced youth worker with over 22 years experience of working with young people in a variety of settings including centre based projects, residential projects and holiday programmes.

Dean outlined his aims for the new role “I am absolutely thrilled to have started my new role as lead youth worker at the Lounge, and to have the opportunity to work with the young people of Alvechurch. Through this role I hope to provide opportunities for young people to shape their own futures and enable them to become valued active members of the local community. My first month in post is focussed on relaunching the Thursday drop-in youth clubs which now run from 4:30-6:30pm for young people aged 11 to 13; and 7-9pm for young people aged 14+, both of which take place at The Lounge.

“To enable The Lounge to provide a wider range of services (including more youth club nights) for young people, part of my role will be to assist in the ongoing recruitment, training and development of a team of volunteers to assist in delivery of the youth work programme and other roles within the project. So dear reader I can’t put this more plainly, ‘I need your help’. If you have any spare time to give, a particular skill or talent; or maybe your just interested in learning what it’s like to work with young people; if you have an idea for a project or a way to raise funds, then please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or drop us a line and get in touch with Sally Meredith or myself, we’re always more than happy to hear from you.”