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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Scott Findlay


B:activ Co-ordinator

Scott came to Youth 1st from a Sports Performance background, working as a Triathlon Coach and Sport Scientist for a Triathlon Squad. Turning his attention to Youth Work is the first step in providing a greater level of impact and helping to improve public health. As the B:activ Project Coordinator, Scott is committed to delivering fun ways for Children and Young People to get active and stay healthy. Outside of work Scott is a fan of watching and playing most sports and particularly enjoys Triathlon which he has competed in since 2011.

 
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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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Luke Miller
B:activ Youth Worker & Network Support

Luke started with B:activ in June 2019 and has loved being part of the Youth 1st team. He is a very keen sportsman and has played different sports from a very young age. Previous to B:activ he has volunteered at various different youth work charities. He also work part time as a care worker at a residential school and the personal growth of young people is very important to him.

 
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Our board

 

Sally Cameron

Information to come.

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!

 

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.

 

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.

Nina Munday (Treasurer)

Information to come.

 

George Murray (Chair)

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.

 

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 (Vice Chair)

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 is the Vice-Chair and is looking forward to supporting Youth 1st develop and continue to support the youth network in Fife.