Maisie Balkin

Community Youth Worker

Motivated, passionate and creative, I first came into contact with AFLP as a service user in 2022. I am driven to empower others through engagement with the Arts. At AFLP I am able to use my experience and compassion to really listen and give space to each child and young person.

Brandon Canning

Community Youth Worker

At AFLP I am able to combine my experience of working as a primary school PE with my grounding as a teenage, semi-professional football player and coach, to help young people grow and learn. Using each child’s uniqueness an creative ideas I coach them to reach their goals and become ambitious young adults.

Yasmine Simcock

Community Youth Worker

I joined AFLP not long after it started as a member of the Creative Crew. Now, as a member of the Youth Worker Team, my personal experience enables me to be an empathetic, creative and honest mentor and wellbeing practitioner and to help our young people to achieve their own self-confidence and independence.

Josh Knight

Community Youth Worker

My enormous empathy with our young people comes from my own life experience – you could say: “I’ve got the t-shirt” – and, with this, there is no better qualification for understanding many of the challenges that our young people struggle with.

Sophie Mattes

Community Youth Worker

Thoughtful, determined, soft and funny are all words to describe me.  Being hard of hearing and coping with multiple health issues, my passion in life is supporting others who find life challenging.  I am calm, understanding and feel blessed to be part of the Arts for Life Project family.

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