The WAM Team

WAM Youth follows a safe recruitment process for all our staff and volunteers which includes an enhanced DBS check.

WAM is a registered charity and was founded in 2013 by Gemma Madle & Kerry Coombs. All that WAM Youth does is enabled by it’s staff team, volunteers and trustee board. Many of whom are active members of the community in Winchcombe and surrounding area and who bring a wealth of experience and skills.

Gemma Madle

Gemma Madle
Director

Gemma has been involved in youth work since 1997 originally as a volunteer youth worker in a variety of church settings and residential camps. Her day job was in academic research at City University, London where alongside her work she completed her Phd in Medical Informatics in 2009. In 2011 she made the move into professional Youth Work starting work at Winchcombe Youth Hub, The Rock Cheltenham and her local church (then C3 Winchcombe now Encounter Church). She has JNC validated Graduate Diploma in Youth Work and Ministry from Oasis College, London and was awarded a fellowship at her graduation. Her role involves some direct youth work (she's particularly keen on the outdoor adventures!),  project and staff management, grant/funding sourcing as well as being Safeguarding Lead & developing the vision and strategy.

Relevant Qualifications
Grad Dip Youth Work & Ministry with JNC
Level 3 Applied Therapeutic Skills
Level 2 Bushcraft, Survival & Wilderness Living Skills
Emergency Outdoor First Aid

Ali Kirkwood

Ali Kirkwood
Mentoring Project Manager

­ Ali joined us in June 2016 from the Fostering Support Team at GCC. She brings a wealth of experience in supporting young people and foster parents as well as experience from previous youth work roles. Ali manages our community mentoring project & team, supporting young people and training and supporting our volunteer mentors. Ali is also Deputy Safeguarding Lead.

Relevant Qualifications
Level 3 Applied Therapeutic Skills
Level 3 Play Work
Diploma in Youth and Playwork
Emergency Outdoor First Aid

Dave Willcox

Dave Willcox
Outdoor Education Programmes Manager

Dave served with the military for 12 years (regular and reserve) and has worked in private security, teaching / assessing and the Outdoor Education Industry ever since. Dave’s outdoor background covers hill & mountain walking, climbing, canoeing, bush-craft and SCUBA diving. His work has taken him all over the world to places such as Morocco, Canada, Thailand, Australia and the Caribbean. He joined WAM on a full-time basis in April 2018 and is now Outdoor Education Programmes Manager, overseeing all of our group and 1:1 work in our woodland. Dave loves working and living in the outdoors, and enjoys passing his experience on to others.

Relevant Qualifications
Summer Mountain Leader
Level 2 in Risk Assessment
Climbing Wall Award (Mountain Training)
Level 2 Health & Safety at Work
Level 3 Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

 
Level 3 in the Delivery of Conflict Management Training
Accredited DofE Expedition Assessor (Bronze/Silver/Gold)
Level 2 Bushcraft, Survival & Wilderness Living Skills
Emergency Outdoor First Aid
Food Safety in the Outdoors

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Bryoni Newell
Community Youth Work Project Manager

Bryoni is WAM's Community Youth Work Project Manager. She joined WAM in January 2022.

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Tara Sutton
Youth Work Co-ordinator

Tara joined WAM in September 2021 to co-ordinate the Youth Work curriculum and programmes in the WAM Outdoors Project. She also co-ordinates WAM's wellbeing groups and Home Education Programme.

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Matthew Voorbach
Mentoring Youth Worker

Matthew joined us in May 2021 on a part time basis. He brings a range of experience in supporting young people and communities as well as experience from previous youth work roles, this has included working as a Youth Worker in a Pupil Referral Unit, Connexions Personal Adviser in Schools and Further Education and more recently as a Senior Community Development Worker. Matthew works on our WAM Mentoring team, supporting young people, and training and supporting our volunteer mentors.

Relevant Qualifications
BA Hons Community and Youth Work
Higher Education Diploma in Youth Work
Higher Education Diploma in Connexions (Personal Adviser)
Higher Education Diploma in Operations & Departmental Management

Level 3 Award in Education
Level 3 Play Work
Emergency First Aid Trained
Safeguarding Level 2

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Linda Teague
Office Administrator

Linda is our new Office Administrator joining WAM in January 2022.  Her role is to support the efficient running of all WAM's projects by helping with both the financial and general office administration.

WAM Office Team

- Gemma Madle - Director of WAM Youth
- Linda Teague - Office Administrator

WAM Outdoors Team

- Dave Wilcox - WAM Outdoors Project Manager
- Tara Sutton - Youth Work Co-ordinator
- Kevin Guyll - Outdoors Youth Support Worker
- Jon Boodle - Outdoors Youth Support Worker

WAM Mentoring Team

- Ali Kirkwood - WAM Mentoring Project Manager
- Matthew Voorbach - Mentoring Youth Worker
- Sophia Thomas - Mentoring Youth Worker (Gloucestershire Mentoring Programme)
- Lots of volunteer mentors!

WAM Community Youth Team

- Bryoni Newell - Community Youth Work Project Manager
- Tim Andrews - Youth Group Volunteer
- Rachel Oliver -Youth Group Volunteer
- Stephanie Hammond - Youth Group Volunteer
- Renee Vorstman - Youth Group & SEND Day Volunteer

 

All our projects are supported by a small army of over 20 volunteers.

WAM Youth follows a safe recruitment process for all our staff and volunteers which includes an enhanced DBS check.

Please contact us for more information on info@wamyouth.org.uk or 01242 603678.

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