At the start of Youth Work Week, we chatted with Emma about her role as Youth Development Worker and Listening Project leader, to find out more about the crucial support that is provided to meet the individual needs of young people to build their own positive future.


Why is Youth Development work so important ?

Youth work week 2017 is a great opportunity to highlight how vital Youth Development work is to young people.  At a basic level Youth Development workers can provide a place for young people to go and something for them to do. But with a focused involvement we can offer so much more.

Our Listening Project offers young people the chance to express themselves in a safe environment. The project has contributes to young people’s personal and emotional development, building confidence, resiliance and self-esteem with one to one support; helping young people believe in themselves to realise their own inspirational goals.


Emma, how did you get into Youth Development Work?

My career in Youth Development work began 10 years ago, volunteering with Positive Futures after completing my degree. I am now a fully qualified Youth Development worker,  Level 3 trained counsellor, and Project Leader for the Listening Project. I love my job, the fact that I can help make such a difference to young peoples lives, bringing the best out of everyone is so rewarding.  Everyday is different; you never know what the day will bring.

How can young people get involved with Positive Futures?

We would love to hear from you if you would like our support to build your positive future, please get in touch by email to or call 0151 207 6003.

We also have numerous volunteer opportunities details here, and we are recruiting for Sessional Youth Development workers the details are available on our website here.





I value working with colleagues in a culture that fosters inclusion, professional development and trust.

My experience of working in Schools, Youth Work and Children’s Services for many years has afforded me with the knowledge and ability to successfully work within this specific field and the wider professional environment.   

I have inspired others with commitment, enthusiasm and confidence, I am courageous with relentless energy and passionate in pursuit of the vision.

Having the ability to gain trust has enabled me to motivate young people into making the right choices, mentoring young people onto appropriate support and transition in schools, employment and semi-independent housing.

I have provided high quality levels of pastoral support to young people, giving advice and guidance to them therefore enhancing their personal development, I have reached out and extended this support to the families also.   

This role is very specific to my skills and abilities, recognizing that communication is key to working with families, discussing all options and strategies with parents getting them on board  to decide what will work best for the young people.   

Representing the organisation in a positive light, ensuring confidentiality of information, I am committed to the ethos of my employer I am also adaptable with a professional approach.