George Turner, Chief Executive
George has worked for over 10 years for both local government and voluntary agencies, engaging disadvantaged young people and their families.
In this time he has specialised in gang work, youth justice, child protection, young people in care, mediation, substance misuse, prevention of violent extremism, family breakdown, crime prevention, mental health, sexual exploitation, employment, education and training, youth participation, parenting and project development.
This breadth of experience means that George fully understands the problems that some young people can encounter and is well-placed to develop a programme that deals with the many issues that they face.
George is inspired by the achievements made by a number of his young people and counts his main skills as identifying young people’s strengths and offering them consistent, unconditional support to be positive and valued members of their local community.
George has a degree in Sociology and Criminology and a diploma in Learning Development and Support Services, as well as numerous qualifications in substance misuse, parenting, youth work and two Borough Commander Commendations for working with disadvantaged young people and project development.
Mark Reigate, Head Coach
Mark is an ex-boxer with over 100 amateur bouts under his belt. He has been working as a boxing coach with young people for more than 10 years. He is currently Head Coach at Fitzroy Lodge Amateur Boxing Club (ABC), where he trains the senior boxers, runs the club and organises both charity and open boxing shows/dinners.
Mark has seen how the interaction and focus that being involved in a structured training programme, and particularly the discipline involved in boxing has changed many young people’s lives. Mark himself feels that boxing saved him from a downward spiral into a life of crime, so has a particular passion for engaging troubled and disadvantaged young people in boxing fitness. In doing so, he has delivered training sessions and mentoring to young people who are out of education employment and training, have learning difficulties and behavioural problems, those on the edge of care and gang members.
Mark prides himself on being able to deliver fun training sessions, which provide the young people with an outlet and an opportunity to build their own self confidence and self -esteem, whilst also giving them the opportunity to experience the discipline that is required when engaging in boxing training.
Mark has also been involved in coaching numerous celebrities for both charities and films. Daniel Day Lewis, Jack Osbourne and Ben Shephard, to name but a few. He is also qualified as an ABA senior level three coach and can deliver the boxing tutor awards and he is a qualified youth worker and mentor.
Rory Bradshaw, Lead Youth Worker
Rory has gained experience working with a large range of young people in different settings over the last few years, including; schools, pupil referral units, community centres and a prison.
After graduating from the University of Bristol with a first-class degree in Geography, Rory began his journey of supporting young people, by becoming a Teaching Assistant in an Inclusion Unit at a school in Oxford. This led him to train to become a qualified secondary school teacher at University College London the following year, in which he taught in a Pupil Referral Unit. More recently he has been working for The Parasol Project, a charity that runs programmes for disabled and non-disabled children and young adults.
In 2016, Rory co-founded a small charity at a community centre in Brixton called Hero’s Journey – a discussion group for teenage boys. At the same time, he also began volunteering for the mentoring charity Trailblazers, in HM Prison Isis.
Now, as the Lead Youth Worker at Carney’s, Rory is driven to become the best youth worker he can be and enhance the charity’s mission to provide consistent and sustained support to disadvantaged and excluded young people.
After a five year absence, Rory is also considering getting back into the boxing ring. For now though, his body is being strained enough in our centre’s yoga classes!
Alice Jhugroo, Facilities Manager
Alice first came to Carney's as a participant in 2017 to support her own health and personal wellbeing. She found the coaches amazing and the boxing sessions helped her connect to her own resilience. Alice says she is now incredibly proud to work in such an inspiring setting for an organisation that promotes opportunities and inclusiveness at every turn.
Alice has worked in both the voluntary and private sector supporting young people and their families, in areas such as mental health, sexual exploitation, child protection, young people in care, domestic violence, substance misuse and family breakdowns. Before joining Carney's Community, Alice managed a provision for young teenage mothers which supported and nurtured them through education and inclusiveness. As a teenage mother herself, this project was very close to her heart as she knew first hand that this journey was not an easy one.
Alice has a degree in Education from Roehampton university. This further fuelled her interest on the much debated topic of, how social class can have dramatic impacts on one's access for opportunity and equality. To explore this more, she focused her dissertation on 'father's parental involvement and access within their children's education'. Alice found that social inequalities played a key role in young people's life circumstances and outcomes. This motivated her to actively work in an setting that supports disadvantaged young people and their families.
After graduating, Alice turned down an offer to stay on at Roehampton to begin a Master's in Education Management. She felt that, whilst education is paramount, education alone is not enough. Alice wanted the opportunity to help others as others had helped her so that they could be empowered to be the best versions of themselves. This ultimately, she believes is what makes her also be the best version of herself.
Carney's Community is governed by a board of Trustees.