Our delivery team has been selected based on their many years of experience and competency working in children’s services, emotional wellbeing, training and understanding the public, voluntary and education sectors. Working in these environments, they are well-versed in quality frameworks such as Ofsted and know the value of applying standards’ criteria to test the ongoing quality and improvement of delivery.
Gary is a serial entrepreneur with a relentless passion for building products that create significant and measurable social impacts, particularly within the youth sector.
As Managing Director of lead partner Social Sense - a Manchester based youth engagement specialist - Gary has co-created multi-award winning programmes in the areas of Social Norms (www.rudifferent.co.uk), Social Action (www.ctzn.co.uk), Mindfulness (www.mindful-me.co.uk) and Change Up (Healthy Relationships).
Gary is the overall strategic lead for the project and is working with Kent County Council to ensure impact and sustainability both during and beyond the project.
Programmes and Partnership Lead
Julie started her career as a graduate linguist in the Civil Service before switching careers and working for the youth service in Kent where she developed a passion for improving outcomes for children and young people.
After leaving her local authority role in 2012, she moved into the charity sector, leading multiple services in Early Help for Children and Young People’s Emotional Well Being, Parenting Programmes, NEET support, Employability and Study programmes, NCS, Youth Services, Maternity support and neighbourhood Community Budgets. More recently, she has been involved in business development raising over £4m to support young people and community services for charities and housing associations.
After a short interim role as CEO/Director of Development for Young Kent, she joined the Social Sense team. Julie has completed her MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) course and is managing an ambitious programme training Kent children’s workforce in Mindfulness techniques as part of the national HeadStart project.
Reece has worked in various aspects of the business at Social Sense and co-managed the local partnerships project for the CTZN programme.
In 2017, Social Sense won a competitive tender to deliver Mindfulness Training across 9 districts in Kent over 4 years.
Reece wrote the tender and designed the project with the support of Gary and Julie Stones. Reece has now undertaken the new role of the Programmes Manager for the HeadStart Kent project.
The new role involves organising the training scheduling, creating and executing the marketing strategy. Also, updating the new Mindfulness Training Course website.
Quality Assurance Lead
As part of her consultancy role on the project, we have engaged Joy Fourie, with specialist knowledge of Quality Assurance, to establish a Quality Improvement Framework and self-assessment process which will help us to continually improve our approach in Kent. We are committed to working towards all the standards outlined in this service delivery and to exceed customer expectations.
Joy was also asked to be involved with safeguarding following 20 years’ experience of working in child focussed services in the public and voluntary sectors. Joy is also an Associate Trainer with Kent Safeguarding Children Board.