I’m the lead worker for SWAY. I’ve been a youth worker for 12 years and studied at Southampton University. My family and I moved to the island in 2015 after spending 7 years in Suffolk leading a youth charity. I have been married to my beautiful wife for 10 years and we have two amazing sons and a springer spaniel. I am a passionate Christian and I believe my vocation in life is to see young people fulfil their God given potential. My hobbies are mountain walking, running, squash and football.
Joanne Richards: SWAY Chair of Trustees
I live with my family in Chale where I run my business, Wight Heat, which I started in 2009. My work covered years in Africa and Asia in land management and environmental consultancy and for 10 years I ran grant programmes for the Isle of Wight Council before moving to public participation in health then setting up Wight Heat. Wight Heat offers young people work experience and a qualification to use as a spring board for their futures.
Student Youth Worker
My name is Kieran, I am 22 years old and I have been a Christian since I was 4 years old. I am currently a second year student at Moorlands Bible college in Christchurch, and have been doing youth and kids work since I was about 16. I have joined SWAY for a block placement up until Easter 2021. My hobbies include rugby, running and reading, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you all.