We are delighted to report that Youth Worker Rachel Barr was runner-up in the national part-time Youth Worker of the Year category at the Youth Work awards. Rachel Barr is an absolute professional who clearly demonstrates her skill, knowledge and experience of Youth and Community Learning Work in Portobello High School. She has a high profile among staff and pupils and has worked hard to introduce, initiate and develop innovative projects in school. Her commitment to Youth Work is unquestionable and she actively engages with partner agencies to investigate new Youth Work opportunities for the pupils of Portobello High. Most recently, her work with the Mentors in Violence Prevention Programme has involved her in recruiting and training a large group of S4 – S6 pupil Mentors who work with current S1 pupils to deliver this important gender based violence awareness and prevention programme.
Rachel delivers an extensive range of Youth Work opportunities that are highly regarded and valued by young people:
• More Choices More Chances Programmes – engaging the most disaffected young people.
• Peer Buddy Programmes – supporting younger pupils in the transition to High School
• After School Youth Clubs with placement opportunities for Duke of Edinburgh and Youth Achievement Awards
• Health Groups / Confidence Building / Outdoor Education / Drama / Video / Holiday Activities
Rachel’s enthusiasm and energy are contagious – she is an excellent role model for CLD and the important place it has in our school and wider community. Her commitment and belief in young people and Youth Work are inspirational. Ultimately, her tireless commitment and enthusiasm for young people and her belief in Youth Work broadening opportunities for young people has led to her award as runner –up as part-time Youth Worker of the Year Award.