We are pleased to announce the appointment of Silma Ramsaywack to the post of Youth Coordinator and warmly welcome her to New Milton Town Council.
Silma spent over 20 years working with young people in various capacities. Most recently she has been working with Young Carers, identifying suitable activities for young carers in the New Forest. She makes contact visit or works with individuals and groups to develop activities that would be suitable for the various ages of young carers – also taking into consideration the very particular needs of the young people.
Silma is also currently making contact with youth clubs in other areas of the Forest in order to work with them to include some young carers in the area. As they work within an equal opportunities framework, it’s important to ensure the activities are inclusive. As there are limited funds, she has to ensure that the cost of these activities is affordable to the organisation.
Regarding her new appointment with New Milton Town Council, Silma says:
“I am really looking forward to starting my new role as Youth Coordinator in New Milton from 1 March 2017.
Over the years in my different roles with young people, I have developed productive working relationships with a variety of agencies. In my current role, I have to work well with the host landlords who also provide a lot of voluntary support to the young people. This is time well spent, particularly when it leads to a positive move on and outcome for the young person and a sense of satisfaction for the host landlord.
I have encouraged young people who have benefited from Supported Lodgings, to be mentors to other young people thinking of coming in to the service. I’ve also encouraged them to take part in the Client Involvement Committees, who have a say in the development of the services. Services work better if the young people feel they are being heard, and their concerns taken seriously.
As I have lived in New Milton for over 30 years, I have good working relationships with statutory and voluntary agencies in the area. My children and grandchildren have attended schools and clubs in the area, as well as the special needs services. In the past, I have been a governor of a local school and served on PTAs.
I have taken an active role in community activities. Within a year of moving to New Milton, I started the Ashley Community Playgroup, the first of its kind in the area, which involved a committee of parents and community members, running a non-profit making charity group. I’m pleased to say it’s still going strong.”
Silma is contactable on 01425 619120 or by email Silma Ramsaywack.