Kate was educated at Moorside Community Technology College in Consett, County Durham before going on to study A Levels at St Bede’s Sixth Form in Lanchester. After work experience in a primary school and a month-long missionary trip to Sri Lanka, she realised she really wanted to work with children and young people.
The experience in Sri Lanka opened her eyes to the joys of working and teaching children and young people. Kate moved onto York St John University to study Philosophy, but soon realised that her true vocation lay in working with children, so she returned home to start a Higher-Level Learning Support Assistant apprenticeship in a secondary school.
After three years as a Learning Support Assistant, Kate reapplied for University. She went onto The University of Sunderland to study Childhood Studies, which has given her a more in depth understanding of the development of children and young people. Alongside her studies she is a qualified Youth Worker for The Activity Den, a youth club in Tanfield Lea, and works with children aged six to sixteen four days a week.
Kate’s passion for children and young people is driving her to become their advocate in supporting their self-esteem and self-belief. Her role as a Young Trustee gives young people a voice as she can act as their representative in the charity sector.