Meet Platform Gateshead’s Debbie Young

Debbie YoungDebbie is vastly experienced and committed  to her work

Platform’s newest key worker, Debbie Young, joined Platform in January 2017 and has quickly integrated herself into the team. Though she says it was initially daunting, she soon settled in, which she credits to the friendliness of her co-workers and her ability to get on with anybody.

Before joining Platform, Debbie spent 11 years working in the supported accommodation sector with a wide range of vulnerable people with complex support needs. She has worked in male and female hostels supporting people to develop independent living skills with the aim of moving them into their own tenancies, and for an outreach project supporting people in their own tenancies who had drug and alcohol issues.

Debbie’s most recent job before Platform was working as an M-PACT practitioner (Moving Parents And Children Together) in partnership with Gateshead Evolve, where the team delivered a program to support parents and their children to improve communication within the family unit and to give the children coping strategies and a voice while dealing with parental substance use.

In under two months, on top of learning the ropes, Debbie has demonstrated passion in helping to organise Platform’s celebration of International Women’s Day, attending a training awareness day for sexual health services in Gateshead, and attended a meeting of Gloria’s Girls, a support group for women experiencing or surviving domestic violence, which she described as “emotional but rewarding.” Debbie says she is always looking out for new training opportunities, both to improve the experience for our service users and out of a desire to keep learning.