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Me, myself and EARA

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By Helen Beecher Bryant
EARA Delivery Trainer, Kidscape

@Helen_B_B

I was delighted to be offered the role of EARA Delivery Trainer for Kidscape, as it epitomises everything I care about – understanding what drives people to think the way they do; facilitating sessions for adults and young people; travelling all over London to deliver training in many different schools (and making #BusFriends).

My career so far has been an obscure journey of triumph and disaster. From being a warden at Buckingham Palace, to running a TB clinic, to writing poetry commissions, to being a Researcher, to teaching improvisation, to running a maternity rights charity, to coaching cricket (OK, I only got paid to do that once), it’s certainly been varied.

After A-levels and a stint volunteering in West Africa, I pootled up to Leeds University where I did a BA in ‘Theology and Religious Studies’ and played a lot of cricket. I spent part of my final year living in Uganda, where I studied African Christian Theology.

As with many graduates these days, I felt drawn towards global development, so I did various internships with international charities, then took an MSc in Globalisation and Development in London, whilst doing the admin for a community regeneration charity. As befits, things just happen around me and I ended up running the community regeneration charity. Six years later, the same thing happened – from being a frustrated administrator in a maternity rights charity, I found myself running the maternity rights charity. Running these charities showed me that domestic need is profound. Inequality is everywhere.

I am very excited about the EARA project and the opportunities it presents to safeguard young people from radicalisation in this globalised, fast-moving, ever-changing world.

The EARA programme is currently free for secondary schools in 10 London boroughs. Click here to find out if your borough is eligible

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