Before working at The Young Foundation, Tanya worked as a project coordinator for a range of pilot projects and community development partnership initiatives in 6 London boroughs and internationally in Kenya, Sri Lanka and Romania. She has a range of experience of working with families with complex needs, delivering peer support projects and piloting community development initiatives.
Tanya has a first class honours degree in Bsc Health and Social Care from the University of Roehampton and conducted a dissertation on “the support needs of young fathers in London”. She also has a range of certificates in topics such Community Development, Youth work, Peer Support and Interpersonal mediation.
She recently worked at the Mental Health Foundation to pilot support groups reaching 300 teenage and young parents across London and for the National Childbirth Trust increasing breastfeeding peer support in areas with deprivation.
Tanya is currently working on an innovative community research project in Barking and Dagenham, overseeing a team of 8 local people who are researching issues surrounding community cohesion in the area and promoting community led initiatives in response.
Tanya is passionate about using research to develop community enterprises and ensures that the needs of local people are at the forefront of every project.