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What did Stephanie think of her volunteer trip to Nairobi 2019

Stephanie came out to Nairobi in 2019 and she talks so beautifully and honestly about the trip, the work we do and the young people we work with. Well worth a watch!

2019 May Nairobi project

Meg, Mark, Clare, Penny and Steph went to Dagoretti in Nairobi and worked with children and teens from the streets and slums. Here is a little of the work we did. We used music and sport to create relationship and from there invested into the children and teens emotional health.

Kenya 2019 Volunteer Facilitators

Meg goes on all projects and works with the adults in the community

Steph Reddington


Stephanie is a qualified teacher, with over 10 years teaching experience across all Key Stages including both Mainstream and Special sectors.

She has 5 years’ experience as a SENCO, member of the Senior Leadership Team and Governor at an Ofsted rated Outstanding primary school.

Stephanie is also:

* Member of British Psychological Society (MBPsS)

* Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of British Psychological Society (GBC)

* Member of the the Steering Board for Bucks SEND IAS (formally known as Parent Partnership)

* Graduate Diploma in Psychology (1st)

* PGCAE in Special Educational Needs (Distinction)

* NASENCo (National Award for SEN Coordination) certified

* BA(Hons) Education Studies

* Studied Child Development and Psychology at the Open University

Stephanie has attended numerous training courses to support a wide range of children's needs such as social and emotional issues, managing challenging behaviour, sensory difficulties, speech and language difficulties, autistic spectrum disorders, occupational therapy and physical disabilities.

Clare Wheeler


Clare grew up in Kenya before moving to Manchester to attend Chethams School of Music, where she trained as a violinist and also studied classical voice.

She went on to study jazz composition and voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Lee Gibson, Pete Churchill and Tim Garland.

Clare was a founding member of the Heritage Orchestra, and also taught theory and harmony at the Academy of Contemporary Music, before joining The Swingle Singers (a.k.a. The Swingles) in 2007.

Clare is an experienced vocal coach and has worked with many semi-professional and community groups in the UK and overseas.

As a respected figure in contemporary vocal music, she has been a celebrity guest host of BBC Radio 3’s ‘The Choir’ and has adjudicated for the Voice Festival UK as well as the ICCAs, SoJam and BOSS a cappella competitions in the US.

TV and radio appearances include the T-Mobile flashmob ad campaign at Heathrow, Radio 1 Live Lounge with Labrinth and Tinie Tempah, Royal Variety Performance with Rumer and Jamie Cullum, Songs of Praise Christmas Big Sing and BBC Choir of the Year.

Mark Wheeler


Mark is a former Royal Marines Commando in the Heavy Weapons (Anti tanks) branch with ten years experience including Iraq (2009), Afghanistan (2011), search and rescue of refugees in the Aegean Sea (2016)and hurricane disaster relief in the Caribbean(2017).

On the 23rd of June 2017 Mark was awarded the QCB (Queens Commendation for Bravery) for actions taken trying to save refugee lives in the Aegean Sea.

Mark is a team medic with experience using his skills in Afghanistan, the Aegean Sea and here in the UK.

Mark is also a TRiM (Trauma Risk Management) practitioner. TRiM is a trauma-focused peer support system designed to help people who have experienced a traumatic, or potentially traumatic event. He used his TRiM whilst in the Aegean Sea helping his team to process some of the difficult situations they had to deal with.

Penny Fazackerley


For the past thirteen years, Penny has had a successful career in the music industry working as a session singer with various artists and being part of numerous bands.

Penny also runs her own singing lesson business, as well as working as a voiceover artist for various advertising companies.