Senior Youth Work
My name is Ricky Tomlinson, A senior youth work for Newport and Park ward.
With 15 years of experience within Youth and community work has certainly allowed me to experience some fantastic projects in making a change to people’s lives.
My beginnings started internationally as a volunteer youth worker in Ghana and Malaysia. With my African roots I like to incorporate this within my delivery style. Fun, engaging, colourful think on your feet with a warm African greet wherever I go. I tried bringing the sunshine from Ghana to the Boro but that’s one thing I couldn’t do!
So, things I enjoy apart from Youth and community work is food, (Rice and chicken) football dare I type these words in Boro. But my team is…..Chelsea!
Steady on you say! Back off back off, I do obviously have a soft spot for MFC. #UTB #Believe
I’m also a DIY kind of a guy. Office maintenance worker too. If there’s something needing to be fixed. My name is straight out. I also like to keep our team fed be it random. Ainsley Harriot can take some tips off me. I can knock up a 5-star cuisine with a tin of beans, a carrot, bagel and pasta. Ready steady- you know the rest!
I find cooking to be a great way of engaging with young people and the community, as one of my projects is working with the BME communities to help to integrate into the area and by using food, music and culture to bring people together is a fantastic thing.
Other great projects I have enjoyed leading on are targeted workshops, international exchange programme, talent show events and residentials.
Each type of delivery provides great opportunities for young people to achieve great things and I always enjoy the challenge.