Nola is a Freelance trainer, facilitator and consultant with a profound sense of compassion for social justice. She specialises in culturally sensitive and inclusive approaches to youth and community work through her professional service. Nola Ellen Training and Consultancy includes such varied areas as: child protection, refugees, trafficking and child sexual exploitation prevention, trauma and displacement, child rights, child voice, child participation, interfaith and intercultural dialogue, racial equality and global diversity.
Nola’s education and career path has been built around a strong life-long passion for working front line with people from a wide range of cultures. Her interest in the wellbeing of people across the world was the impetus to work towards a career in youth and community development.
Nola holds a BSocSc in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester and an MSc in Development Studies from The London School of Economics and Political Science. Her career has been built upon these strong academic foundations. Her commitment to an experiential understanding of modern issues affecting marginalised communities has led her to volunteer and work with several different community organisations. As well as her academic background, Nola has over a decade of practice-based experience working as a specialist practitioner with children and communities who have experienced trauma, exploitation, loss or displacement.
Her extensive experience of designing and delivering a range of programmes, both universal and targeted, has promoted the wellbeing of children and community groups. She has led on projects for children ranging from small, grass-roots organisations to leading national children’s charities in the UK, to World Vision International, the largest children’s charity in the world.
After spending many years working in a variety of voluntary and paid positions, Nola took a leap of faith and launched her own education, training and consultancy service. Since 2015 she has immersed herself in the joy of entrepreneurship whilst embracing what she loves most - helping others to discover and grow.
Her vision, to share her passion, knowledge and experience, and help others to create more inclusive communities, is built on fifteen years in youth and community work. She offers bespoke training, workshops, as well as presentations, and can assist with the design and facilitation of projects.
This range of services is available to those in pursuit of professional development, for individuals, groups of children and young people, or organisations, delivered with a commitment to make an impact in the lives of others through more inclusive and sustainable outcomes.
"I would highy recommend Nola to anyone who is committed to working in meaningful ways with children and youth to empower them to change their world."
Maia Woodward, Global Community Voice Manager
World Vision International
"Nola has the ability to encourage participation
through her dynamic and thoughtful presentation. Her workshops are highly informed, sensitive and engaging."
Schools of Sanctuary