A little bit about me...

Since graduating from Durham University in 2000 with a Linguistics degree, Colette has managed a range of volunteering programmes in the north east; initially as Manager of Durham University Student Community Action, then developing Action Durham Millennium Volunteers from its conception and more recently, managing Ouseburn Trust’s volunteering project; generating volunteering opportunities within the Arts.

Prior to her current roles, Colette actively volunteered on a range of projects including supporting children with language and literacy problems and emotional and behavioural needs and also as a Trustee with Moving On, a Durham City youth homelessness charity.

Before joining NCVYS as a trustee, Colette was Chair of Youth Action Network and board member since 2003.

Previously Colette was Volunteering Development Associate with Red Foundation

and now provides independent consultancy support to develop and manage volunteering programmes and is passionate about effective partnerships to ensure a positive volunteering experience.

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Latest News

Digital Preferences of Young People

Colette is thrilled to be researching the Digital Preferences of Young People on behalf of The Wise Group; exploring the role of digital platforms in the employability journey.

Chair of Fertile Ground CIC

In June 2015 Colette was appointed Chair of Fertile Ground CIC, supporting early career dancers to take their first professional steps


In December 2013, Colette was elected Chair of National Council for Voluntary Youth Services; the independent voice of the voluntary youth sector.

Creative Careers

Grey College, Durham University have invited Colette to coordinate and host an event to inspire undergraduate students to consider shaping a creative career after graduation. A stellar panel of speakers include a television producer, a playwright and a magazine editor. The event is scheduled for March 2014

Finnish Visit

Once again, Colette will host a delegation of representatives from Finnish charities who will visit organisations in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in February 2015 to learn about support for people experiencing homelessness and substance dependencies. Learning will be shared with Finnish Parliament.

“Thank you so much for your wonderful input in our seminar!”

Rauma Citizens