Apples & Pears is thrilled to announce that a new ambassador has joined our team. Winston Goode has a wealth of experience in youth work and a deep understanding of the London community. He has already helped to extend our reach into Lewisham and Lambeth and we’re excited to introduce you to him.
We caught up with Winston and asked him some questions so you can learn more about him. Here’s what he had to say….
What’s your view on the current provision of extra-curricular activities for London primary school children?
In one word – expensive, especially if you have more than one child to cater for. The options are vast but equally this can put a strain on parents’ pockets as they don’t want their child to miss out or be excluded from peer groups because they don’t share the same experiences.
How has London’s community changed over the years and what does this mean for youth work?
We are facing enormous cuts everywhere and this impacts on the quality of life for everyone. In the early days councils were encouraged to spend money on youth provisions but they’re now under threat like never before. Research clearly shows the impact of youth work, whether it’s helping young people through difficult times, directing them to other services, or helping them to find employment. For me youth work needs a new lease of life, a new voice and a huge injection of funding but not just from the public purse.
Apples & Pears is helping to meet the challenges of today by doing much more than just providing funding. The charity is bringing communities together and helping them to learn about other places, people, customs and cultures in a fun and exciting way.
Why is providing extra-curricular trips for children and their parents important?
I believe it’s vital for young people as extra-curricular activities can help them succeed in much more than just academics. These activities encourage fun and social bonding with others over shared interests and this also extends to parents and families. Accessing new experiences also helps children to build a stronger mindset and develop resilience as well as encouraging them to practice new skills like time management and organisation.
What are you bringing to Apples & Pears?
I have a strong conviction that we need to create a future where all young people have more than one chance to fulfil their potential. That means I’m very enthusiastic about inspiring children and young people to reach their potential. I’ve been in the sector for over 20 years and will bring a wealth of experience to Apples & Pears which is still a relatively young charity.
As an ambassador I will raise awareness about the work we undertake, help to forge meaningful relationships and partnerships, and promote the charity’s work in schools and the wider community.