“The concepts are very practical and engaging, building skills to help engage young people, understand behaviours and increase motivation. The Choice Theory ideas have also been incredibly useful in supporting our staff and volunteer team development, providing a common language and a deeper understanding of behaviour, enabling team members to reflect on the impact of their own behaviours on others.”
Craig Wilson, Senior Head of Programmes Princes Trust
"The Young People and Money Training was great and very very thought provoking. The session was inclusive and highly engaging throughout. The ‘DYP’ Trainers shared their wealth of experience during the day, with loads of useful tips on how to put the ideas into practice with young people. The accompanying toolkit and resource pack for me is a really useful reference tool. Everything in it can be used with young people and also to support others going onto work with young people on their financial capability.”
Sharon Hunt, Fit Money Project Islington CAB
"Working with Developing Youth Practice during the development phase has bought a valuable youth work focus to the programme, which we feel will offer vital additional support to the young people involved in Sporteducate supporting long term changes in attitudes and behaviours to increase their chances to achieve well in education and move into employment."
Lekan Ojumu, Sporteducate Programme Manager
"Developing Youth Practice designed and delivered training for our delivery team to develop facilitation skills and a reviewing framework. This has really helped us build reviewing into all our programmes to enable our participants to be able to talk about their experiences in a way that clearly articulates the skills and knowledge they have gained as a result of their Envision social action projects ; supporting applications to college, university and employment. This review framework will also help build and transfer skills, confidence and motivation to take on further social action projects in the future beyond the time span of their Envision involvement. The training was excellent and incredibly engaging, the most important part of the session for me was exploring all the creative ways you can encourage young people to engage with reflection and reviewing"
Patrick Taylor, Head of Programmes and Delivery, and the Envision
"Ruth developed a be-spoke training package for our Fire Fighters who work with Young People which was delivered to around 100 people. Each and everyone really enjoyed attending the course but most importantly have used lots of the things they learnt during the day to engage with our Young Fire Fighters. Thank You Ruth."
Sian Vowles, Station Manager - Young Fire Fighters, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
"As a training and development organisation with a specialist focus on leadership and empowerment, Dare2Lead have been delighted to work in partnership with Developing Youth Practice. What is so apparent is not only the very relevant and dynamic approach they take to running training, but the phenomenal force of their knowledge and content of their courses. This organisation is a must for people serious about understanding young people, developing genuine behavioural knowledge and effectively dealing with some of our countries hardest to reach people."
John Loughton, Director, Dare2Lead
"As Director of Fairbridge in Scotland I worked with Ruth and Lou over a number of years internally commissioning both generic and bespoke training packages to meet the needs of Fairbridge teams across the country including Fairbridge’s sail training vessel ‘Spirit’. The training consistently delivered and received excellent feedback from frontline staff and their managers. The training supported staff to develop practical tools and strategies in working more effectively with some of the ‘hardest to reach’ young people. One of the key assets that Lou and Ruth have is that their delivery is based on a broad theoretical base but most importantly is grounded in years of experience and current up to date practice in delivering powerful and effective youth work with and for young people."
Tom Watson, Former Director of Fairbridge In Scotland
"I worked with Ruth and Lou during the time when The Prince’s Trust merged with Fairbridge. They demonstrated real experience and understanding for ‘on the ground’ youth work, while being able to interpret organisational and youth sector policy. Their creative training enabled front line staff to put this into pactice, making a difference to the quality of their direct work with young people. They are both highly experienced, professional trainers and a pleasure to work with."
Ginny Lunn, Director of Policy and Strategy, The Prince’s Trust
"I have worked with both Ruth and Lou for the past 4 or 5 years, delivering training courses to a variety of adult learners. I have been impressed by their knowledge and skills, both as youth practitioners and trainers. I have also enjoyed the experience of delivering courses with them. They both demonstrate a very competent and focussed approach, with a determination to achieve high results, combined with a relaxed delivery style, which makes working with them both successful and a real pleasure."
Frances Burton, Citizens Advice Consultant and Trainer, Member of ILM, CIPD and IFL
"I was privileged to work with Ruth and Lou developing and delivering the Financial Service Authority’s Young People and Money financial capability programme. Their expertise both as highly skilled trainers and youth workers contributed to a highly successful and well regarded programme. I would have no hesitation in recommending Developing Youth Practice to anyone working with young people."
Linda Jack, Former Youth Policy Advisor at Financial Service Authority and Money Advice Service
"As Manager of Fairbridge West from 2003-11, I was grateful to have the support of Ruth Bradbrook in a number of projects. Ruth masterminded the training and support for our groundbreaking financial capability pilot for the Financial Services Authority which was evaluated positively by the Personal Finance Research Group of Bristol University. She demonstrated her outstanding ability to work with people of all levels and in different agencies and get the best out of them. Ruth not only delivers well, and sees a project through, but she is also able to analyse the learning and what works to produce a practical toolkit for others to use. This was done for the FSA and resulted in their commissioning Fairbridge Training to work with Citizens Advice on a national training programme for 13,000 youth workers. Ruth and Lou helped me with a further national development pilot, this time for the Food Standards Agency, and applied their creativity, knowledge and skill to train my youth workers to embed healthy eating, exercise and well-being into the Fairbridge personal development programme. The resulting “Small Steps for Life” toolkit and training is a blueprint for working with vulnerable, hard to reach young people."
Fran Harrison, Manager Fairbridge West