Susan is an experienced community development worker, fund raiser, young leadership trainer, youth worker, artist and project manager in health and social care for children and families. With 14 years’ experience of managing people, budgets and services, she has a strong track record of delivering good outcomes for communities, often in partnership with private, charitable organisations and schools at local and national levels.
In 2007 Susan established the innovative Alliance for Black Children (ABC) Fishing Club commissioned by five schools in Wellingborough. A project that is still expanding, its focus is on vulnerable children and young people at risk of isolation and exclusion who may be on the cusp of more serious interventions due to related problems within families and communities. Her project was a finalist in the recent BBC Look East ‘Power of Sport’ award. Susan’s significant experience of work with schools and young people, along with her management background is a valuable addition to services that support established community structures such as SureStart centres. She has also supported the training of 28 Young Leaders, increasing interest and awareness in local democracy along with young sports leaders within the community, working at county and district level to increase participation in sport.
In 2008, Susan led on the ‘Anti Guns, Knives and Gangs’ project that won Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s award in ‘Creating Community’, and through her career has engaged with children and young people aged 5–23 years to raise awareness of the consequences of crime using creative approaches such as producing a movie for use by schools in the county. Susan has experience in supporting children, young people and their families through the Common Assessment Framework process and has good knowledge of areas of deprivation, the needs of the community and co-ordinating local services to deliver community-led solutions.
In 2009, Sue became manager of ABC, having been brought in to turn the organisation around.
Susan Galloway has been a volunteer grants advisor and panel member with the Northamptonshire Community Foundation over a number of years, actively contributing to decision making through her local knowledge of projects, financial background and her commitment to supporting local grassroots initiatives.
Susan is qualified to degree level in Fine Art with Art Practise in the Community and with an NVQ Level 4 in Management. She has also trained in Family Partnership Models and Common Assessment Frameworks.
“I have worked with Susan for a number of years and have a lot of respect for what she has achieved. She is extremely motivated and passionate about what she does. She has a strong commitment to partnership working, is sensitive to community needs and is very effective at driving and managing complex and innovative projects.” (Rachel McGrath, Grants Director, Northamptonshire Community Foundation)