Working together to support Youth Groups in Fife
 

Our team here at Youth 1st are dedicated to supporting youth groups in Fife.

 

With deep roots across all communities in Fife you can see why these outstanding people make the community a better, more active place!

Feel free to contact anyone in the office through our admin@youth1st.co.uk email address or via our Contact Us Page with any questions that you have.

 
 
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Judith Allison


Manager

Judith started her involvement in community based youth work at the age of 7 and hasn't looked back! She ran a youth work project in the Cowdenbeath area before joining the Youth 1st team in 2010. Judith is responsible for leading the organisation and being a champion for the Youth Work sector in Fife. Judith is particularly passionate about improving children and young people's emotional health and wellbeing. Outwith work, Judith enjoys spending time with her family and learning new ways to reduce plastic use!

 
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Gayle Brown
Operations Manager

Gayle has been with Youth 1st for over 20 years and is a firm believer that Youth Work does actually change lives. Gayle is responsible for the operations of the organisation. Her top priority is to make sure the staff team have the resources to support the increasing membership. Gayle is dedicated to ensuring that our services are of very high standard and is the first port of call for member groups, youth workers, volunteers and partners across the network. Gayle enjoys spending time with her family and friends especially if it involves coffee and cake.

 
 
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Betty McDonald


Senior Network Support Worker

Betty has been involved in youth work in Fife for over 40yrs joining Youth 1st over 25yrs ago. She has enjoyed every minute of it. Many things have changed over the years but Youth 1st has developed into an organisation we should all be proud of. Betty is Senior Network Support Worker who enjoys meeting new youth workers, helping and encouraging them through the Youth 1st training programme to develop their skills. Betty works well with all age groups and finds the most rewarding part of the work is seeing the young people develop skills, helping them through a number of training courses which builds on their confidence and self-esteem. In her spare time Betty likes walking with friends and spending time with family.

 
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Nicole Yule
Network Support Worker

Nicole started volunteering as a young leader in a local youth club at the age of 14 and from there took on various volunteer roles for the next seven years. She then worked for a charity working with young people with additional support needs and completed a PDA in youth work through Youth 1st. In 2017 Nicole joined the Youth 1st team as a Network Support Worker, she loves visiting the groups, meeting the passionate volunteers and listening to the young people share their experiences.

 
 
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Jody McCulloch


Network Support Worker

Jody joined the Youth 1st team in September 2018 but has been working with young people and their families since graduating University In 2013. She initially worked with after-school clubs, summer play-schemes and the Free Range project, before moving on to residential childcare and family work. Jody enjoys direct work with young people of all ages but she is particularly interested in providing support to the most vulnerable children who have experienced trauma through early intervention and partnership working. Last year she completed an additional qualification in psychology to improve her knowledge and skills. In her spare time Jody enjoys travelling, spending time with family and friends and cooking.

 
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Paul Guyan
Driving4Success

Paul has worked with Youth 1st, as a volunteer, for a number of years supporting the team and in particular the Driving4Success programme. Paul is a qualified mechanic and very passionate about youth work and volunteering.

 
 
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Maja Meldrum
Network Support Worker (CJS)

Maja is working with Youth 1st through the Community Jobs Scotland scheme, developing her skills and experience within the youth work setting. Maja is passionate about young people's voices being heard and encouraging them to leave their rooms and becoming more active with their peers. Maja was involved in the B:activ project as a young person before becoming a member of our team! In her spare time Maja enjoys reminiscing with her friends and having movie days with her brothers.

 
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Our board

 

Stephen Chalmers

Steve Chalmers is the founder of Dunfermline based youth work charity Heart and Sound, which connects young people through creative media and music. Steve and his wife Hannah have been youth workers since 1998 and have lots of stories of young people achieving amazing things, including beating drug addictions, overcoming self harm and even being invited to Parliament to meet VIPs and showcasing their talents. Steve has a hilarious way with people and even asked for his SIM card back when he was mugged at knife point for his phone in South Africa, the robbers obliged and handed it back apologising for the trouble they had caused!

 

Gemma Frail

Gemma has worked with young people and in the Youth Work sector for over 18 years in a variety of settings including Residential Childcare and Community based Youth Work. Currently working at Cupar YMCA-YWCA as Youth Café Coordinator for Cupar Youth Café, Gemma joined the Youth 1st committee in 2018 but has been involved with Youth 1st throughout her career via the membership scheme. Studying at YMCA George William College and now an associate Tutor, Gemma is passionate about Youth Work and the life changing experiences this can bring to our young people’s lives. Gemma joined the Youth 1st board to help represent third sector organisations and encourage value and depth to those working for young people.

 

George Murray

George has been involved in Community Education for over 20 years, he worked for Fife Council as a Community Learning and Development Worker with a specific remit for delivering informal learning opportunities to young people across Fife. George managed a team of youth workers and young volunteers on various projects that improved the quality of life for young people in their respective communities. George has a particular interest in enabling young people to develop a strong voice through youth forums and to be active in the local and national decision making process. George joined the board of Youth 1st to be actively involved in shaping the future of Youth Work and participate in the development of a strong and credible organisation improving the quality of youth work across Fife. In his spare time George is actively involved in the Music industry, he plays in various bands, assists in the organisation of an Arts Festival in Fife and has his own music management company looking after a local band developing their career. George is also a trustee of The Dunfermline Carnegie Trust and on the board of The Nicola Murray Foundation.

 

Jim Feenan

Jim is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and co-founder of the Fighting Chance Project (Scotland) a charity set up in 2014 to help young people with social, emotional and behavioural issues or other additional support needs. He is the head coach at Carnegie Judo Club in Dunfermline and knows the benefits that sport can make in improving young people's mental and physical health and wellbeing. As a Trustee of Youth1st Jim is delighted to be part of a team dedicated to widening the development opportunities for young people, youth workers and those who work with young people in Fife. Taking the professional staff, Board of Trustees, member groups and communities and other partner organisations we have a wealth of knowledge that can be passed on to facilitate accreditation, skills uplift, inspiring and making positive change across our communities.

 

Andrea MacDonald

Andrea has worked for the NHS for over 25yrs with a clinical background. For the last few years she has held roles in workforce development and youth employment. Andrea is passionate about the contribution youth work makes at all levels to laying important foundations for sustained personal, social and educational growth and the impact of this on achieving our fullest potential in society.  Youth workers gave Andrea many positive experiences growing up and now as a parent and someone working in youth employment Andrea can see the importance of preserving this especially with the additional challenges of our digital age. Andrea joined Youth 1st to make a difference by being part of a great team who are dedicated to showcasing and sustaining the benefits of youth work in Fife - both the opportunities of attending groups and/or the opportunities of being part of their delivery.

 

Dave Smith

Dave has been Involved in youth work since the 90’s. He passionate about the third sector and has been working in it since 2003. Dave has developed projects and organisations, set up groups and programmes and he delights in supporting young people to achieve. He has been working with funding partners for many years and has worked as a Funding Development Worker too. Dave has been involved with Youth 1st for a long time both as a group member and as a board member. Dave recently became Chair and is looking forward to supporting Youth 1st develop and continue to support the youth network in Fife.