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 is an experienced manager and consultant in children’s services with 19 years’ experience, working in youth, education, and early help services in the public and voluntary sectors in Kent.
Julie mobilised and delivered two Kent-wide early help services across Kent – Young Healthy Minds and Kent Parenting Service, liaising with schools and early help teams to manage referrals.
In 2013, Julie worked with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to set up their Neighbourhood Community Budget Pilot as part of the DCLG Community Budgets Pilot scheme. With a focus on mental health in the community, a local commissioning framework was set up to engage evidence-based practice jointly funded by public health, local authority, police, and housing.
Julie joins the HeadStart Kent project team to be the local Partnerships and Programme Lead. This includes managing the training scheduling, making new partnerships and representing the project to Kent County Council.
Reece has worked in various aspects of the business at Social Sense and recently co-managed the local partnerships project for the CTZN programme. At the end of 2016, Reece also became a trained Bid Writer and now leads on bid writing for public and private sector funding. This involves scoping, co-ordinating, preparing / submitting bids, and business growth proposals in line with business growth strategy.
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 and building 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.