David Llewellyn – CV

David Llewellyn

4 Oakleigh Avenue, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15 6QT

Tel: 0161 962 4209 / 07967 534300

e-mail: davidllewellyn@live.co.uk



By nature, I am friendly and cheerful. I have a natural aptitude for problem solving and I enjoy working with others.

I am a qualified Social Worker with over twenty years’ experience working directly with disadvantaged young people. After eleven years in statutory social services, in 2002 I moved over to Connexions, working primarily in secondary and specialist schools, providing individual and group mentoring alongside a range of alternative education packages.

More recently, I have worked as copywriter for a web design & marketing company while completing an MA in Creative Writing.

For the past six months, I have been training to become a secondary school teacher on a school-based teacher training course. This was a mixed blessing at best.

While looking for the next stage in my career I have returned to copywriting, producing web content, blogs and SEO copy for use in online marketing.


Work History


Job Title          Trainee Teacher (English)

Provider          United Learning / Institute of Education UCL

Placement       William Hulme Grammar School, Manchester

Start Date       1 July 2015

End Date         16 January 2016

This was a full-time, school-based, initial teacher training programme, teaching the KS3, GCSE and A’ Level syllabus to 11-18 year olds, under the direction of the United Learning and the school provider.


Job Title          Copywriter

Employer         Freelance (main client – Autus Web Design & Marketing)

Start Date        August 2011

End Date         Present

Project work: writing websites, articles, product pages, marketing copy, location pages and blogs.



Job Title          Connexions Personal Advisor (Community)

Company         Connexions Cheshire & Warrington

Start Date        April 2002

End Date         June 2011

Although there were few limitations to the role, the central themes were around supporting vulnerable young people through periods of transition, and providing information, advice and guidance on issues ranging from homelessness to low self-esteem, behaviour & anger management, bullying, self-harming and domestic violence. Interventions included one-to-one mentoring, group work programmes and extended projects. My work with Connexions included supporting parents & carers, and working closely with partner organisations including education, health, mental health, youth offending and other specialist services.


Job Title          Outreach Support Worker

Company         Cheshire County Council Social Services, Children & Families

Start Date        May 1991

End Date         April 2002

My career within social services evolved over a period of eleven years. Starting in residential childcare, I worked on a reception and assessment group, supporting children when they first came into local authority care. As well as maintaining a stable environment the principal skills required were patience, understanding and humour. After several years in residential care I moved to the aftercare team, helping young people prepare for and move towards independence. Over time, the team broadened its responsibilities, working with children and families where there was a risk of family breakdown. During this time I was seconded onto the DipSW, gaining the qualification while continuing to work.


Job Title          Assistant Information Officer

Company         Central Office of Information

Start Date        December 1989

End Date         December 1990

A 12 month contract with the government press office. Main duties included writing press releases for various government departments, responding to media enquiries, and organising press events – visits, conferences, photo opportunities.

Job Title          Fundraiser

Company         Sunderland Council for Voluntary Service

Start Date        Sept 1988

End Date         Sept 1989

Organising event-based fundraising for a community trust, and assisting local voluntary and charitable organisations with their own fundraising strategies. Everything from sponsored parachute jumps and rafts races to appeals to grant-making trusts.



2013 – 2015           Manchester Metropolitan University    MA in Creative Writing

2004 – 2005           Manchester Metropolitan University    Diploma for Personal Advisors (p/t)

1997 – 1999           University of Salford                                     Diploma in Social Work

1983 – 1988           University of Bradford                                 BA (Hons) Peace Studies

1981 – 1983           Harton Comprehensive School                 A’ Levels

South Shields                         Biology; English Literature; Gen Studies

1976 – 1981           Harton Comprehensive School                 O’ Levels

South Shields                                                  Maths (A); English Language (A); English

Literature; Biology; Chemistry; Physics;

French; History; Computer Studies.

Selected Other Qualifications & Training

2010                         Working Together to Safeguard Children

2009                         Changing Places (domestic abuse) Facilitator training

2009                         Common Assessment Framework (CAF) lead professional training

2008                          Common Assessment Framework (CAF) user training

2007                           Motivational Interviewing

2006                           City College Manchester – TUC Education Programme units


Other Information

Full driving licence. Married with one child. Volunteer constituency campaigner with Oxfam.


Parent. Creative writing & storytelling. Reading. Playing squash & golf. Member of a gym. Football. Playing guitar.

I am one of the founding members of We4Poets, a loose affiliation of writers, poets and musicians, promoting live performances at venues across Manchester. (see www.we4poets.com)


References available on request.