Young People’s Service Manager
Mobile: 07983 140770
I first came to Dhiverse as a sessional worker in June of 2015. I’d spent a year working in Ann Summers and was shocked by the lack of awareness I found in the general public around sex, sexuality and bodies. I became obsessed with sexology and sexual studies, spending all my free time researching. I am a total, self-professed sex nerd. I was fed up of trying to upsell things people didn’t need when actually what they really needed was unfiltered, unbiased, non-judgemental education and permission to experience their sexuality in a way that was true to them. I worked in supported housing, ESOL teaching, nannying and tutoring before I finally found Dhiverse. Their work felt like a ray of sunshine through a cloud of misunderstanding and shame. I’ve been here ever since. In that time, massive steps have been made to ensure all students get access to knowledge around relationships and sex education, but there is still so much work to be done. My favourite part of the job, is sharing my knowledge with young people and knowing that they won’t have to jump through hoops to find out the information like I did. I love Dhiverse’s ethos of making the facts accessible to everyone. It truly is a fundamental right to understand your body and have the tools to keep yourself safe. I love being able to have honest conversations with students, and answering questions they’ve never felt able to express before. I want to empower people to be able to make their own choices and never feel pressured or shamed into anything. So many young people spend their time worrying about whether sex will hurt the first time, if their penis is big enough, if their body is right, or if they need to do it like a porn star. My aim is for the Young People’s Team in Dhiverse to deliver to young people with no judgement, no whispering the word ‘sex’, no shock or squeamishness or embarrassment; to be the service we all needed when we were young.