For the summer of 2018, we have some really ambitious plans to take Inkpots to more children across Sussex than ever before, as well as offering a wider range of services. In order to deliver the best quality service, we have put together a high calibre team to help run workshops, carry out research and run our social media programme.
The team is led by founder of Inkpots, Gill Pawley. Gill is a publications editor by training and spend many years immersed in the world of book production. Since starting Inkpots, over five years ago, Gill has run hundreds of workshops and helped create the strong community we have today.
Our summer team are all creatives with an interest in various art forms. They are all currently studying at university level, or about to start their courses. They not only bring energy, enthusiasm and a huge amount of talent to the team, but also act as positive role models for the children at our workshops.
Dasha Delwa is from Berlin where she will be studying sustainable economics at university from September. Dasha is on an eight-week internship with us and has been invaluable in helping with social media, making videos and taking photographs. A keen basketball player, Dasha has been keeping a close eye on the team’s fitness levels too!
Lucy Coppard is another intern, this time from the University of Sussex where she’s just finished her second year reading English. An avid reader and writer, she also enjoys performing poetry and watching plays. Lucy is using these interests within the team by writing blogs, developing our Inkpots Heroes programme and carrying out research into our impact.
Gabriel Osella has just completed his A levels and is helping Gill run workshops while he waits for his results. Gabriel is passionate about communications of all forms and is working on a short film over the summer. He enjoys acting and art and is looking forward to helping the children express themselves through drama and role play at our workshops.
Georgia Ridley is also awaiting A level results, before heading off to Nottingham University in September to read English with American Studies. Georgia is a talented musician, playing in one of the local bands, as well as being another avid reader. She’ll also be helping out with the summer workshops, and is particularly looking forward to the Harry Potter workshops, being an avid fan!
Katy Hernandez joins the summer team having completed her first year at Reading University, where she’s studying Business with Accounting. Katy brings with her some valuable experience of working with children, having spent time helping at Scouts. Katy has a great ‘can do’ attitude which is invaluable in the team.
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Gill is DBS-checked, fully insured and first aid trained. Her child protection training was provided by West Sussex County Council Youth Offending Service and West Sussex Police, and NSPCC. She is a member of the National Association of Writers in Education and a Reading Ambassador for The Publishers’ Association. Inkpots is also currently part of the NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator Programme and the Young Minds 360 degrees schools’ community.
All members of the summer team are fully trained and briefed about Inkpots’ principles, vales and approach. They have all completed child protection training and are fully insured, and where appropriate, DBS checked.
It’s very important that the website and anything we produce in print is accessible to everyone. So the language we use is clear and concise too. We also aim for gender-neutral language too – always striving to improve our provision.