Nicky has HND's in both Criminology and profiling and forensic Science, a qualification in psychology and a passionate commitment to making a difference for troubled young people.
After several years in the nursing profession and raising her children, Nicky joined the Open Road Motor Project in 2007. At Open Road Nicky developed her skills in working with troubled young people referred by mainstream and specialist schools as well as youth offending teams. Through the medium of vehicle and bike mechanics Nicky would re-engage them with learning and helped many gain an IMI motor vehicle qualification. At this time Nicky herself completed training in Team Teach, behaviour management, child safeguarding and working with vulnerable young people with mental health issues.
In 2010 Nicky moved to a mainstream school initially as a student mentor before becoming a child protection case worker, and then went on to work in alternative curriculum provision focusing on working with young people with social,emotional and behavioural issues. In the process she developed her skills in planning, risk assessing, writing schemes of work and lesson plans for specific subjects to then deliver to a group of young people. She added to her qualifications the Children's services safeguarding core programme for level B, the parent support advisor core training, and courses in self harm, food safety (level 2), British sign language and the Norfolk County Council category D1 minibus driving qualification. She also gained experience of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
In 2013 Nicky moved to the Short Stay School for Norfolk working in Reintegrations and Admissions as well as providing outreach support for mainstream schools.
Since joining Respect4us at the start of 2014 Nicky has become an Outreach Manager responsible for our provision in Great Yarmouth.