Jeannie has been involved in youth work from her early teenage years,
After leaving school Jeannie continued within the youth work setting and went from being a volunteer to a paid worker in 2006 at the age of 17. Jeannie did this part time and worked in retail alongside it. Jeannie progressed with her retail career and was appointed as a manager in 2010.
Although Jeannie enjoyed this role her true passion still lay working with and helping young people, so in 2011 Jeannie left retail, to begin her role within the Dunblane Centre as the Young People and Childrens worker for the Centre full time.
Jeannie worked here for 3 years and gained many skills and experiences from this role. Jeannie was responsible for the provision of young people within the centre and along with a team of volunteers led many different youth clubs and activities as well as focus groups for young people. This also involved Jeannie working collaboratively with many different organisations including schools and local authorities. Jeannie had many highlights during her time there but the two that stand out would be taking a group of young people to Alton towers and successfully coordinating a Saturday night Project launch night which saw 209 young people from Dunblane and the surrounding area attend. In 2014 Jeannie left the Centre on maternity leave and in late 2014 with a heavy heart, Jeannie made the decision to take time out to spend time with her young family. This was a hard decision but Jeannie felt that she had done all she could within her role and primarily she wanted to work with young people with challenging behaviour.
Jeannie remained at home until May 2015 when she started at Moore House Care and Education Jeannie was placed within the Main House, after a few months in this role. Jeannie moved down to Day Service. Jeannie applied for the role at Moore House because she believed she had the ability to help young people to be all that can in the future no matter what their past had been. Jeannie believes everyone has the right to succeed in life if they choose too. Jeannie is very passionate about this and strives to provide a nurturing and positive environment where young people can grow as individuals and believes that all young people can achieve everything in life they put their mind too. Jeannie has also fully adapted to the PACE approach and strives to have this at the centre of her work everyday.
Throughout Jeannie’s professional career she has gained many certificates and has attended many training events, Jeannie has also delivered Youth Achievement Award and Dynamic Youth Award groups, as well as supporting more focused groups including virtual baby, peer mediation and peer mentoring.
After successfully qualifying with a BA in Community Education , Jeannie successfully progressed to the role of a CLD worker within Moore House, her main focus has been facilitating the student council, coordinating the duke of Edinburgh award programme and supporting the young people to achieve awards like their Dynamic youth awards and helping to establish links with external agencies to support the young people of Moore House with positive destinations. Jeannie is really enjoying this role and is hopeful that the young people will continue to strive with the support from her and her colleagues in Moore House.