Founder, Director, Safeguarding Lead & Mental Health First Aider
Tim has worked in education for fifteen years, working with all age groups from primary to adult learners, and specialises in teaching graphics and video production. After having been involved in a project that used the creative arts to re-engage secondary school pupils into learning and witnessing how successful it proved, Tim had the opportunity to open the community initiative, Dovecotes Arts Centre in 2008. Following the success of this, in 2010 Tim joined forces with Lee Perry to launch The Switch Project.
Tim is currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in ‘Social and Emotional Mental Health Difficulties’ at Oxford Brookes University, is a ‘National Specialist Leader in Behaviour and Attendance’, has a postgraduate certificate in ‘Community and Participatory Arts’, plus teaching and safeguarding qualifications. Tim is also very proud to be Chair of Governors at Dovecotes Primary School and long suffering season-ticket holder at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Founder & Engagement
Lee Perry is a producer and musician with years of experience in the recording industry. He has been involved in music since a young age, focusing on digital music production and having a successful career in performing and remixing. In 2008 Lee launched Bleep Music, offering his skills to help young people into the industry and produce their own music. In 2010, Lee joined forces with Tim Wakefield to launch The Switch Project.
Lee is a National Specialist Leader in Behaviour and Attendance and has teaching and safeguarding qualifications.
Helen Pitchford MBPsS
Therapeutic Play & Creative Arts Practitioner
Helen delivers interventions, advice and guidance on a 1:1 and group basis. Working holistically, Helen listens to the needs of the young person and provides them with the tools to allow for self-reflection, especially around areas of anxiety and stress, low self-esteem, trauma, bereavement, behaviour difficulties and school exclusion.
Helen specialises in using techniques such as art therapy and Lego BuildToExpress which helps engage young people and opens up a dialogue with them about the challenges they face at home, in school or socially. This means Switch can then better target the type of support a young person might need and also help support mental health and build confidence.
Quality Assurance, Deputy Safeguarding Lead & Data Officer
Caroline is an independent adviser specialising in Education, Skills and Learning. Her particular expertise is in secondary provision with learners who may not be reaching their full potential. Caroline works regularly with The Switch Project to help them keep up to date with policy developments, ensure quality of delivery and create partnerships.
Youth Mentor & Mental Health First Aider
Christian is an inventive and dynamic youth worker with over 11 years experience working with young people in both social and professional settings. He uses his personality and practical skills to bring out the best in young people and help them realise their full potential by engaging them in exciting, innovative activities. He is committed to promoting personal and social development and helping young people to focus on their positive skills and attributes, inspiring them to make positive life changes and choices for themselves.
Christian has expertise in creative writing, music, computer graphics and film, using a whole range of industry software. He finds that this often comes in handy when young people wish to use unique and creative ways to express themselves.
Christian prides himself in being a mentor and role-model providing young people with the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with the challenges that they face throughout their academic and personal lives.
Apprentice Youth Mentor
We are delighted that Tori will be working with us whilst studying towards a Level 2 qualification in Youth Work at Wolverhampton College. Tori attended Switch as a young person taking part in activities in early 2017 and her motivation, independence and ability to help others meant that when Tori contacted us to volunteer, we jumped at the chance to have her as part of the team on a longer term basis. Not only does Tori bring to Switch a unique understanding of what it is like to use our service, but her enthusiasm and ability to relate with other young people will be a huge asset.