Vikkie Hearst

Vikkie Hearst

Mentor

As a parent of someone with Asperger’s Syndrome and diagnosed Autism, I understand not only the daily, but lifelong challenges that come with loving and caring for a child with SEND. As part of a gaming family, I also have first hand experience of how gaming can build bonds and relationships by working together to problem solve, or just by sharing a funny moment. Gaming also kept me connected to my teenagers when they’d rather be shut away in their rooms!

I have extensive experience in supporting children with ASDs including PDA, having provided 1-2-1 support in school settings. I also have a professional safeguarding background and regularly advocated for vulnerable young people and those whose voices weren’t listened to. As a former Safeguarding Officer, I have experience in advising on mental health issues, creating support plans for youth settings, and strategizing to manage difficult or misunderstood behaviour. I have developed and delivered Safeguarding training to adults volunteering in a Youth setting and hold an Enhanced DBS certificate.

I believe in positive reassurance and building confidence in young people. Nothing fulfils me more than knowing that I have contributed to a young person’s positive thoughts about themselves and them believing they can do anything. I am extremely passionate about fairness and equality and firmly believe that everyone deserves to get whatever support they need to realise their aspirations.

I love watching films, anything from Disney and Marvel to Guy Ritchie or Baz Luhrmann films. I game a lot in my spare time and our family favourites are Borderlands (1, 2 & 3), Skyrim, Horizon Zero Dawn, Assassin’s Creed, and the old faithful: Minecraft! I also really love Music and cats.

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If you would like our team to get in touch with you to discuss how we can help you and your young people through our services, please feel free to fill out our contact form, and we will be in touch as soon as possible to talk you through enrolling with one of our mentors or counsellors