SWAY is run by a group of Trustees who employ staff to carry out the objectives of SWAY.
Youth Leader – Samantha Scott
“As a mother of two grown-up children and a grandmother to three grandchildren – having hands on experience of raising children in today’s society. I have always had a desire to work with children and young people and this was initially lived out through my voluntary roles of running a youth club and helping out in my children’s schools even being a parent Governor. It was only in 2010 that I decided to dedicate my time to working with children and young people and I returned to education as a mature learner and achieved the qualification of a BA Honours Degree in Youth Work & Ministry (JNC recognised)
As the Youth Leader of SWAY, my duties are varied and consist of organising and running various activities such as Holiday and Youth Clubs, developing work within schools such as mentoring and running workshops and lunch clubs. I also developed SWAY’s Outreach work in the local community, assist in recruiting staff and writing grant proposals. I see my work with young people as a calling and not just a job.
Having over 20 years’ experience of working in Local Government which includes over 15 years of Managing Watford Indoor Market and Charter Place Shopping Centre. I also have over 15 years’ experience of working with young people in a voluntary capacity. I have had various roles throughout my career from being a manager, court logger, admin assistant, School Health Clerk.”
Youth Worker – Richard Samuel
“Being a young black man who grew up without a male role model, I know the struggles young people face today and the detachment they can feel with the rest of the world in general. I strive to be that relatable role model for young people, shattering stereotypes in the process.
I have worked in youth work for over 4 years. I was one of the first cohorts of Youth Work apprentices to work for the Diocese of London. During my 3 years with the Diocese, I led youth projects such as a Youth Sleepout to raise money for homeless youth, church painting and visiting the elderly in the community. I have also been involved in outreach work, holiday clubs, mentoring, care homes, lunch clubs and question and answer panels with parents and others wanting to know more about how to help and relate to young people.
Being an undergraduate student in my final year studying Youth and Community Development, I’ve learnt a lot of theory behind youth development and am gaining valuable experience every single day on the job. Taking a Holistic approach to my work I strive to be that person who I needed when I was younger.”
Youth Worker Support – Maxine Martin
The Trustees of SWAY
Rev. Francis Adu-Boachie
Rev. Graham Nind
Rev. Greville Thomas
Rev. Steve Taylor