I believe people learn best in environments that are real, rewarding, fun, challenging and free from threat. My approach is to engage with all learners by providing meaningful learning events that are inclusive, relevant, learner centred, engaging and experiential.
I am passionate and enthusiastic about learning, community, peer support and the innate creative potential that resides in each and every one of us, regardless of circumstances.
I believe there are 'no bad learners'. I have set high standards and I am committed to my own development, keeping updated to enhance my own skills. In doing so I can offer you a range of techniques that inspire and get the learning across.
Often, I'm asked to create bespoke rich, meaningful, real, rewarding, inspiring and results-focused learning experiences. We both know that life isn't neat, and it doesn't fit into little boxes. Thankfully this unconventional approach suits me too.
If you have already experienced my work, thank you. If you would like a taste of what I do and why I do it, please read this page and take a look around the site to get a feel of who I am. If you would like to work together, please do get in touch via my contact form.
What I Can Help You With:
- Create, plan and deliver and upbeat, fun, experiential and meaningful employability and careers programmes
- Develop and facilitate personal development programmes that raise confidence, self-esteem, resilience and help move people forward in their lives
- Engage and inspire with learning that sticks.
- Deliver value-based training and coaching
Employability Services: delivering person-centred personal development, professional development and vocational workshops, events, services to unemployed adults, career changers, and young people (NEET) to support them into meaningful, long-term employment. Also working with front-line staff to help them develop person-centred working practices, and supporting them to write their own training materials.
Community Organisations: working with service users of the organisation or with front-line staff in a training, Coaching and Consultancy. Empowering and enabling organisations (and their employees and users) to realise their full potential in the work, services and difference they make.
Education: working with students and teachers in a primary, secondary and higher educational setting. This has included delivering core employability skills, confidence and self-esteem building, building resilience and self efficacy to students, or working with teachers on how to develop self-efficacy in their students.
Business: working with small and solo business owners to help them develop the mindset, marketing and skills needed to build success. Coaching and offering workshops and events to enable and support an individual to take action towards positive outcomes
Social Enterprise: working with front-line staff on how to develop their own cognitive and positive psychology training programs.
What People Say
Unlike any other means of recruitment, recruiting trainees through Dawn's Supporting People Programme puts in touch with people who, we can be sure, are deeply committed to working in the sector. We use other means of recruitment too but the people we recruit from her are more likely to remain with us longer term. Manager. Housing Support Service
It is crucial to our work that staff have not only the ability to carry out the tasks involved but also a genuine commitment to empowering people. The candidates from Dawn's employability courses include many people who have themselves felt marginalized by society and can well relate to the issues facing people with learning disabilities. Dawn, due to her extensive operational experience are fully aware of our need for this value base and draws it to the fore in her trainees. This means that the people we recruit from her courses are to a large extent pre-equipped with this insight into why we do things in the way we do. This is invaluable as staff are often working alone and need to use initiative. If staff understand the principles behind what we do they can use their initiative successfully. Service Manager, Social Care Provider
As you know Dawn works closely with the labour market labelled “hardest to reach”. Trainees can lack lifeskills such as punctuality and reliability. However Dawn has been successful in getting across the need to be personally organised in order to sustain employment. Basic work skills but not necessarily obvious to persons who have rarely or never been formally employed. What I would like to emphasise is that from this “hardest to reach group” many people succeed in no small part thanks to Dawn, in breaking the cycle establishing successful careers for themselves, and being a great asset to us as employers. The person we’ve recruited is proud of their achievement in turning their life around, works hard, shows loyalty and is a model to other staff. Overall, we are very pleased indeed with the calibre of staff we receive. Manager, Homeless Services
The employees we hire who have attended a course with Dawn are deeply committed, who empathise well with the people we support, who understand and share the core values, and have a good sense of what challenges they can expect to face. In some cases, recruits have valuable life experience or partially transferable skills from industry, finance or education. Almost all of the people we have hired after attending one of Dawns courses have been promoted. Hiring Manager, Housing Support Service