Who are we?
Chair of IYW
Communications and Website Lead
I recently completed an MSc at Cass Business School and have an ICSA Diploma in Charity Management. As an avid supporter of the voluntary sector as Treasurer of Cambridge’s CVS, and Exec Board member of a national education charity, and am a member of the Institutes of Fundraising, Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, and Public Relations.
Dr Brian Belton
Since starting a career in Youth & Community Work in 1990 I have always strived to provide a high quality service which builds from the needs of young people and involves them as equal participants in the design, delivery and evaluation of the services they receive.
An Honours Graduate in Informal & Community Education, through YMCA George Williams College. I have worked extensively both within the statutory and voluntary youth sectors constantly delivering a high quality service which includes centre based, outreach, detached and schools work.
I am a professionally qualified youth worker that has been involved in youth work for over 20 years, qualifying from Brighton University. I have worked in both the public and voluntary sector where I have been able to increase my specialisms in CSE, Equality and Diversity and SEND.
IYW Development Officer
I am Ruth Richardson and I am the Development Officer at the Institute of Youth Work (IYW). I have been working as a Youth Worker for over fifteen years across both the statutory and voluntary sectors. I worked extensively on Global Youth Work at a local (Derby), East Midlands and national level. In recent years I have worked with young people from ethnic minority backgrounds particularly Pakistani and Roma heritage. I am particularly interested in developing tools for practitioners to support young people to explore their identity, how they might place themselves in an increasingly complex world and how this could relate to their feelings of the perceived ‘other’. I am moving to the IYW from five years at the Multi-Faith Centre where we pioneered workshops covering Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination as well as Overcoming Islamophobia and Roma awareness training. I am also an Associate Lecturer for Health and Social Care at the University of Derby. I am a deeply passionate Youth Worker and I am excited to support IYW and all its members!