Contact Details:

e: sharon@apple-seed.org.uk

m: 07986-674709

t: @sharonaverona

i: sharon.court

Sharon works as a freelance creative practitioner. Her areas of practice cover creative engagement, community outreach and youth & children’s work. She has presented at international conferences on the subject of community engagement and co-authored academic papers exploring engagement and models of contemporary chaplaincy.

Sharon is very happy to take enquiries about any kind of project, large or small, long or short term and on request can provide a draft outline of project work including an estimate of costs. She has an enhanced DBS certificate checked through Portsmouth Diocese.

 

Background

Sharon Court is an experienced freelance practitioner who has been working in the field of youth & children’s work for nearly thirty years.  A qualified teacher and youthworker, she has worked in a variety of roles ranging from sessional youthwork volunteer, to Youth Centre Manager, bringing a diversity of skills and experience to the work she does. Sharon has worked with children aged from six months, right up to 18 year olds as well as adults. She has worked with a range of agencies and organisations both statutory and voluntary. Her passion and commitment, coupled with an engaging and creative personality, make her an ideal trainer – both for adults and young people.

Sharon focuses on creative, cultural, community and education projects. Work in these areas enable her to make best use of her extensive skills and experience, whilst also meeting her personal ethos of valuing and investing in people.

In addition, Sharon has undertaken a number of pieces of research work for organisations such as CAMHS (Children & Adolescent Mental Health Service), Portsmouth City Council Youth Service (Youthwork & Spirituality consultation), and Portsmouth Neighbourhood Management Team. Her work with Creative Partnerships as a Creative Agent has strengthened her knowledge and understanding not only of school communities but also external practitioners and how best to support them both in planning and delivering bespoke projects. Sharon is qualified as an Arts Award Adviser for the Bronze and Silver Awards. Arts Awards are qualifications, and at Gold level have UCAS points which count towards University entrance. Find out more about Arts Award here: http://www.artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=1346

In recent years Sharon’s work has diversified to include wider community based projects and she has undertaken further study in the area of sustainable communities and community development with the Homes and Communities Academy. Find out more about the HCA here: http://skills.homesandcommunities.co.uk/understanding

The two main strands of her work currently are:

– working with Portsmouth Cathedral on their engagement and outreach activities: Portsmouth Cathedral, Viewpoint project

– Creative Engagement Practitioner for the Deanery of Portsmouth’s Youth Chaplaincy project: Youth Chaplaincy project

Sharon is married and lives in Portsmouth with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, singing, cooking, watching movies and developing her own creative practice in writing, storytelling and developing her sketchbook. She is currently learning to play acoustic guitar.

 

For more information on the types of projects Sharon has been involved in, please continue to explore the site!