Learning the Art of Writing


 

Kathleen Quinlan

34 Noel Street

Mansfield Notts

NG18 5 NY

Mobil: 07881577637

E-mail kbquinlan34@yahoo.co.uk

 

A qualified experienced Community Development Worker, Facilitator, and Trainer, with a background in managing projects and people.  Recruiting and retaining volunteers, with skills in supervision and workshop design. Developing groups and individuals in a variety of settings and roles. Have an extensive understanding of working structures, and a reliable, creative and resourceful nature, which is supported by good communication and listening skills. Tempered with a good sense of humour and a practical approach to work and training.

 

CAREER HISTORY

 

 

LEARNER OF THE YEAR 2005 THE MANSFIELD AREA 27th May 2005.

 

2003 – 2005     Volunteer Manager-Community Development Worker – Centre Manager

Running a Focus point for the Ladybrook Neighbourhood Renewal Team

Recruiting and retaining volunteers, developing policies and procedures.

Supporting and supervising volunteers, developing learning and action plans, and accredited training for volunteers.  Capacity building in groups and teams, equal opportunities training.  Accessing funding for groups and volunteers.  Networking, devising constitutions, writing reports, gathering statistics, monitoring and evaluating projects.  Meeting Government floor targets in all five areas:

Health, Employment, Older People, Younger People, and Building Communities.

 

2000 – 2001     ART/MUSIC TUTOR

                Special Educational Needs Coordinator Arnold  Hill  Nottingham

As an Arts Space Music Teacher working on a one-to one basis in a team and developing lesson plans relevant to pupils and their abilities.

Supporting Care Workers, other Tutors and pupils with learning disabilities, teaching, devising singing and performing skills. Setting up recording facilities in local school with young people aged 14-21

 

1999 – 2000     TUTORS ASSISTANT

                Portland Training College, Mansfield

To provide classroom and technical assistance to students with severe disabilities in I.T. and Arts activities. To develop activities at the Youth Centre on site at weekends and evenings. Assessments of young peoples’ physical, emotional and mental needs.

 

 

 

1997 – 1999      IT TRAINER – Part-time

                Mansfield Training Initiative

                Teaching basic computer skills. Delivering Word and Number Power Sessions

                        Motivating and monitoring students’ progress. Teaching Life Skills

                             i.e. Assertiveness, Anger Management  and Problem  Solving etc.      

 

1995 – 1996      PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR

                Bandwagon Recording Studios

                Co-ordinating women’s only music project   Designed a 12 week programme,

                             which included Singing, Songwriting, Recording and Performing Skills 

                             Recording, and Live Performances, and using a recording studio and Developing

                             Networks.

 

1994-1995          LEADER IN CHARGE: Project Leader for Afro- Caribbean Unity Club

 

1988-1993          INFORMATION WORKER/ COUNSELLOR: Youth Enquiry Service Notts County Council

                           Information Advice and Guidance for young people and their families.

 

1986-1988         YOUTH WORKER: Broxtowe Centre  Full-time Outreach Worker.

                           Liaising with Schools and other community groups to develop services for young

                           People.

 

1984-1986        ACCOMMODATIONS WORKER: Ashfield Homeless Support Group.

                          Finding accommodation for homeless young people in the Ashfield Areas.

 

1981-1984                COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION DEVELOPMENT OFFICER: Mansfield District  

Council. Supporting volunteers who run Community Centers in Mansfield.

 

 

                          

VOLUNTEER ROLES:

 

2005- to date    SUTTON IN ASHFILD VOLUNTEER BUERUX :

                   Coordinator of Volunteer Manager Forum Developing networking and training for                                            managers who work supporting Volunteers and have little support.

 2002-2003       FOUNDER OF THE POETS CORNER ACTION GROUP: Liasing with Leicester Housing  

                         Association , Mansfield District Council and the Nottinghamshire Police to solve the  Anti-Social

                         Behaviour and Drug Problems of the area. 

1994- 1995      CO-ORDINATOR OF LETTS GROUP: Unemployed Workers Centre Mansfield

                         Developing  a Network of Exchange Skills.

1991- 1997       WRITER AND PERFORMER: Community  Arts Theatre : made a video  highlighting the pit 

                         closures and the affects of mass unemployment

1992-1994        SECRETARY FIELDMILL  TENANT AND RESIDENCE ASSOCIATION: Up grading

                          housing stock.

 

 

                          TRAINING & EDUCATION:

 

2003-2005       REGENERATION AND COMMUNITY CERTIFICATE IN HIGHER EDUCATION

2003-2005       various short courses at mansfield community voluntary services

1998-1999       NVQ LEVEL 2  I.T.

1997- 1999      NATIONAL BTEC HIGHER DIPLOMA IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY AND POPULAR MUSIC.

1999-2000       TEACHER TRAINING STAGE ONE

1996-1997       COUNSELLING SKILLS AND THEORY BCS short courses

1994-1983        VARIES YOUTH TRAINING COURSES IN SELF DEVELOPMENT.

1973-1975        CERTIFICATE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, ADMINISTRATION AND BUSINESS.

 

Interests

Internet, Web design, Signing and Performance, Astrology, Alternative Healing, Creative Writing, Gardening and Bicycling and Swimming.

FULL CLEAN DRIVING LICENCE

REFERENCES ON REQUEST

 

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