Glen’s focus has been on addressing disadvantage and has developed his regeneration work to involve and empower those people who are most marginalised in our communities. Glen has specialised in working with young people in particular those at risk of offending and those with a learning disability. The biggest social impacts can often be seen where young people are empowered to make changes to their own lives and own communities.
Examples of Glen’s work in this field include:
- Development of a young people’s steering group for Durham City Council’s SRB6 programme to give young people opportunity to voice their opinions formally to the council and steer the regeneration activities to meet their needs. A play and positive activities programme of £250,000 was also developed and funded through the Big Lottery ‘Better Play’ programme, which trained and employed local young people as local play leaders
- Design and development of the ‘Green for go!’ youth volunteering programme in Leeds which provided community environmental volunteering activities for disabled young people
- One on one respite care and mentoring support for young people with autism and learning disabilities and young refugees and asylum seekers in Gateshead and Leeds
- Provision of specialist mentoring support to excluded young people with sexual offending backgrounds to access training and work experience in conjunction with Lancashire County Council
- Regeneration of Heaton Park’s derelict greenhouses site as a community garden and horticulture training centre for young people requiring alternative and vocational education provision. This included the development of a project development and delivery plan, accessing over £100,000 of external funding and managing the construction and development of the site in partnership with Manchester City Council
- Development and management of an ERASMUS+ programme in Ramsbottom, Bury to support young people with a learning disability to access work experience in France and Spain