David Llewellyn – CV
4 Oakleigh Avenue, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15 6QT
Tel: 0161 962 4209 / 07967 534300
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.
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
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.