Highly Commended

2018

Trevor Preston

Outstanding Youth Worker Award

Trevor Preston is a youth support officer at Lyneham High School, and is a qualified youth worker and librarian. He is committed to the development of young people, and improving life outcomes through lifelong learning. His commitment to young people is evident through his history of supporting young people, first through working with young people who were experiencing homelessness or in detention, supporting them to access sustainable housing, and improving their educational and employment outcomes. He then moved to an educational setting ten years ago, working at Wanniassa High School for almost 9 years, before moving to Lyneham High School.

Trevor provides quality, strengths and evidence based, responsive practice to young people within the high school environment. Trevor manages the complexities of young people’s stories with compassion, insight, innovation in approach and agility to his service provision. Trevor is renowned in the school atmosphere for ensuring wrap around support to young people and their families, and seeking meaningful service outcomes and responsive service supports for all his clients.

Trevor places young people at the centre of his practice, annually reviews the welfare requirements of his school community, and allows young people to self-determine what will work best for them. He also supports them to identify fun, inclusive activities that will help connect young people with each other and support services. He is a diligent researcher and applier of action learning, which enhances his capacity to work with complex needs including mental health, AOD and trauma, and provides insightful, current and meaningful practice to all of his support work with young people.

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