Staff profile

Simon Williams


Programme Leader for Working with Youth Work and Community Development

Subject

Health, Social, and Community Work

College

College of Health and Social Care

Department

School of Allied Health and Social Care

Campus

Britannia Mill, Derby Campus

Email

s.williams@derby.ac.uk

About

I am the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Youth Work and Community Development Degree. 

Teaching responsibilities

I am Module Leader for various modules and co-teach on others. I am a personal academic tutor for all three stages as well as an Independent Studies tutor for stage three

Professional interests

My professional interests lie in my experience of working with New Arrivals, this includes Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Economic Migrants. I have a special interest in the Roma community from Eastern Europe. I believe the skills of youth and community workers are vital to helping New Arrivals find a new place to call home.

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

Qualifications

Experience in industry

I have over 20 years of experience of Youth Work and community development, half of which was faith based working with young people in the local community through drama, arts and games.  The other half my focus has been on New Arrivals, this has been done in various settings from youth clubs to specialist organisations.

International experience

I have worked on developing Student Placement opportuinities in India, Sweden and Australia

In the media

https://blog.derby.ac.uk/2018/11/what-is-youth-work/ - Blog on What is Youth Work

https://blog.derby.ac.uk/2019/12/positive-future-for-youth-work-and-young-people/ Blog on Positive Future for Youth Work and Young People

Recent publications

Blog Posts

young people jumping for joy

With the promise of new investment from Government, Simon Williams looks at a potentially more positive future for Youth Work and young people.

Youth work

To mark National Youth Work Week, Simon Williams, University of Derby Senior Lecturer in Social and Community Studies, talks about this rewarding role.