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Penny Bassett

Types of Training: Introductory workshops, 2-day Foundation, 4-day Intermediate, Train the Trainer

Specialist Areas: Peer mentoring, young victims of crime, PBs focussed offender programme, One to One work (including Family Court assessments)

Regions Covered: Anywhere in the UK

 I was introduced to PBs in 1992 when I was working in the Oxfordshire Probation Service. I was immediately drawn to the Process because it was a simple and effective way to help people to feel safe, an approach I could easily incorporate it into my work with individuals.

In 1997 I decided to take the plunge and become a PBUK trainer – I achieved this with much help and encouragement from Di Margetts, the person who had brought PBs to the UK. After PBUK accreditation I left the Probation Service and went to Namibia as a project manager with Raleigh International – I had been working with the Youth Development Programme as several of my probation clients had been on expeditions. The PBs Process was invaluable while in Namibia as many of the 'venturers' had never left the UK before, never mind living in a remote village in southern Africa building a school.

After my return to the UK in 1998 I started delivering PBs training to multi or single agency groups up and down the country. In 1999 I was approached by The Children's Fund (Oxon) to do some work with vulnerable children during their move to secondary schools. At the same time I was delivering PBs for Peer Mentoring projects in schools in Dacorum. Ultimately I developed a Peer Mentoring Course based on the PBs Process which I have delivered in many schools, both primary and secondary. It is so exciting working with young people who want to make a difference – PBs certainly taps into people's positive qualities and feeling safe is vital if students are to thrive at school.

More recently I have worked with fellow PBUK trainer, Tim Lee in developing 'Feeling Safe Standing Strong'. This is a week long programme for offenders in prison and uses PBs as the ethos of the intervention. We have run this programme several times in HMP Woodhill and found it to be very rewarding project – the prisoners responded well to the PBs message and were so enthusiastic about it. Please feel free to look at our website for more information www.feelingsafestandingstrong.com

Tim and I also worked together with the Oxford Youth Offending Service, assisting them with their publications 'Why Me' and 'Are you Okay?' The Oxfordshire YOS have adopted PBs, together with Restorative Justice, as the foundations for their pioneering work assisting young victims of crime.

I have been a PBUK trainer since 1997 and happily travel up and down the country delivering multi agency and/or specialised training to groups and individuals. Please see my website for more details - www.pennybassett.com

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