YouthWork Staff Bios

ERIN BALLESTY

ERIN BALLESTY

Youth Work Team Leader

Role Description: My role is to organize and manage the Youth Work Department, ensuring we are providing a high quality, safe service that meets the needs of all our young people and local community. Developing and facilitating programmes that are tailored and suited to all young people who attend our service.

Best part of your job: Working with all different young people and seeing them grow as people and learning new skills, while having fun and laughing alongside their peers.

How long have you been working in the Y: I started working in the Y in January 2018.

What do you like to do in your free timeI like to walk my dogs, spend time with my family and friends, and watch a lot of netflix!

TONY McFARLANE

TONY McFARLANE

Senior Youth Worker

Role Description: My role is to develop and facilitate programmes and activities for young people to participate in, helping them to build life skills, develop healthy relationships and make decisions that are right for them, along with running a drop in service for young people where they can relax and be themselves in a warm, safe, non-judgemental space.

Best part of your job: The best part of my job is the joy of working with young people, it is always different and no day is the same. Each young person is unique, they bring their own life experience, needs and expectations and you get to see them develop and grow.

How long have you been working in the Y: I joined the YMCA in 2015

What do you like to do in your free time: In my spare time I like to spend time with friends, play video games, draw, and get out into nature along with drinking copious amounts of tea, anyone who works with me knows I always have a cup of tea with me.

MAGO GANTLEY

MAGO GANTLEY

Youth Worker

Role Description: Delivering Youth Work Programmes

Best part of your job: Getting to work with the young people and engaging with them through different activities

How long have you been working in the Y: Over 20 years!

What do you like to do in your free time: Weekends Away, minding the mother and helping the locals!

Erin Reddy

Erin Reddy

Youth worker

Best part of your job: The best part of my job is having a laugh with the young people.

How long have you been working in the Y: I’ve been working in the y since the end of sept ’19.

What do you like to do in your free time: I spend my free time with my friends or watching movies.

Kaya

Kaya

Youth worker

Role Description: My role is a part time Youth worker who plans and delivers various youth programs including homework clubs, art and crafts, sports and cooking. My role is to have healthy and educative interaction with young people in a safe space and be a positive role model who is there for young people to offer support whenever needed.

Best part of your job: The best part of my job is creating new activities for the young people that they enjoy doing. Through different activities we always learn different skills and how to interact with each other.

How long have you been working in the Y: I have started to work for YMCA at the end of September 2019.

What do you like to do in your free timeI love to learn about Ancient East and West Philosophy. I’m fascinated by the great philosophical teachings of East & West which explain that we can’t change the world if we don’t change ourselves. I love being active; hiking and cycling are my favorite sporting activities.

Stephen

Stephen

Assistant Youth Worker (CE Scheme)

Role Description: My role within the YMCA is to assist the young people’s personal, social and societal development. I am involved in helping the other Youth workers and Volunteers in facilitating and the running of YMCA programs.

Best part of your job: The best part of my job is being able to play a small role in young people’s development. I love to see young people having a space that they can take ownership of and see the value within themselves.

How long have you been working in the Y: I have been working in the Y since February 2020.

What do you like to do in your free time: I like to spend time with my family and friends. I love playing football. I really like going to concerts and the cinema. Also love getting out in nature and to play online games with my friends.