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"Can I firstly state that the child sexual exploitation prevention consultancy service you have provided has been excellent and definitely value for money. You were very accommodating and supportive throughout. The staff enjoyed your visits and not only did they receive knowledge, they gained confidence in delivering the material. Thank You. The report you provided us was also excellent, with valuable feedback – we will use your recommendations in our planning going forward."
 
                         Brian Walker, Chief Inspector
Northumbria Police
"Nola is an exceptional trainer, teacher, and consultant, skillfully tailoring her programming and expertise to the audience at hand, whether it is a room of refugee children or first time volunteers. She is engaging, patient, and super fun to work with, and her compassion is unmatched.
I had the pleasure of working with Nola during a week-long workshop in Lebanon for Syrian refugee children where she not only managed her own duties as a star volunteer, but lead pre-workshop training for new and returning volunteers with varying skill sets and levels of experience. She personalized and redesigned our training program, enabling all of our volunteers to develop and hone their skills and ultimately serve the children to the best of our ability.
We are immensely thankful to Nola for her dedication and cannot wait to work with her again."
Becky Castellucci
Partnerships & Operations Officer
Project Amal ou Salam
 
"I first met Nola in Malawi. Engaged by our team just the week before, I was impressed at how she arrived ready to go. Courteous, and friendly with international staff from the first day and then being the first to crouch down and share her camera with the children made her a hit with our team from the very beginning.  Nola has a great sensitivity with both children and adults and a great passion for her work. I have no doubt that her engaging presence to the field made all the difference to the success of our Malawi training as everyone clearly felt supported and inspired to learn. I  would highly 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, Community Voice Manager, Global Communications
World Vision International 
"What do people want out of a training experience? True learning comes from more than just handouts and role-plays, but thrives on the infusion of expertise. There are no gaps in this facilitator’s services. She’s full of passion and, with a vast knowledge and range of practice experience, brings alive the heart of social justice undergirded with wholesome safe practice. What can you expect from Nola? Practitioner based expertise with just the right dose of cultural diversity, equality and child protection resulting in your heart swelling and your head full of inspiration. Get in the queue, it’s going to get busy."  
 
 Judith Shalkowski, Director
ChildsSide CIC
“Nola is a joy to work alongside: motivated, thoughtful, professional and keen to do a great job. Her excellent communication skills mean she’s able to build rapport with colleagues and clients alike."
 
Jon Beech, Director
Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network
 
"Nola has delivered 2 excellent workshops on trafficking, grooming and sexual exploitation to our final year undergraduate forensic psychology students. Both sessions were received well and our students found them extremely informative and useful. Nola has an empathic, warm and collaborative style which allows her to deliver such sessions in a sensitive and ethical way. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Nola and I already have her booked in for next year!"
 
Dr Danielle McDermott, Senior Forensic Psychology Lecturer
Leeds Trinity University
"Nola is extremely passionate about safeguarding and child protection and ensures that the child is central to that. She is an experienced frontline practitioner and has worked with and supported some of our most marginalised young people in our society including refugee and asylum seekers, new migrants and young people involved in or exploited through child sexual exploitation and trafficking. Nola transfer her knowledge and experience into her training and is able to draw on real life experiences and situations from her working life which makes her training very authentic and driven by the experiences and voices of  people. I have known Nola for 8 years and her enthusiasm for justice, rights and the voice of the child to be heard continues to grow. Working alongside Nola will be a very positive experience for you."
 
Emma Holmes, Director
The Market Place
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
"Nola has the ability to encourage participation from her audience through her dynamic and thoughtful presentations. Her workshops are highly informed, sensitive and engaging; they have the ability to help children and adults alike to gain a better understanding into the many issues impacting refugee and asylum seeking children. Nola's deep knowledge of the relevant issues, combined with her experiences working with migrant children and storytelling talents can offer a valuable and educative experience for all participants." 
 
Melanie Hadida 
Development Worker 
Schools of Sanctuary
 
"I have worked with Nola for 7 years and I’ve seen her excel in all her various roles working with vulnerable children and young people from all communities and all abilities who in particular experienced trauma, exploitation and abuse.

Nola has directly worked with refugee, migrant and asylum seeking young people, young people with disabilities and young people affected by Child Sexual Exploitation. She has developed extensive knowledgeable about safeguarding issues affecting vulnerable children and young people. 

I have witnessed her passion and wealth of skills in working with young to access their rights and entitlements and most importantly achieve their full potential. She excelled in ensuring both the safety and empowerment of young people. 

She has used her practice experience to both develop and deliver specialist training on the needs of these particular groups. She is an excellent trainer, very confident in public speaking and speaks with passion and care.
 
She never wants to stop learning and improve and this is reflected in the quality and solid practice base knowledge throughout her training delivery. Its of a very high standard and I highly recommend it to anyone who is passionate about enhancing child well being."
 

                                                             Abdou Sidibe, Business Development Lead
The Children's Society
 

TESTIMONIALS

"I had the great privilege of working with Nola as we launched our storytelling program with young women refugee and asylum seekers in Leeds. By the time fieldwork started, everything was ready to go – this is no small task, particularly considering that the work is highly sensitive – from my experience, it takes an exceptionally understanding and skilled person to collaborate on a program of this nature with us. Nola is that person. From recruitment to logistics, to deeply supporting the project through both her sensitivity, and her clear understanding of the local and global contexts of development, it is without question that Nola made our work in Leeds possible. Nola is as professional, proficient and organized as she is sincerely caring, truly understanding, and compassionate – indeed it is this unique blend of soul, heart, and mind that sets her apart. I wholeheartedly recommend Nola, and all she has to offer, to organizations and communities worldwide – the more she works the more humanity benefits. We cannot wait to continue working with Nola, and treasure this connection."
                                                                                                             Dr. Kristen Ali Eglinton
                                                                                                                                Co-Founder and Executive Director                                                                                                                                                           Footage Foundation                  
 
"I have known Nola for many years and have the highest regard for her commitment, passion, professionalism and empathy for young people. She is highly regarded by all who have worked with her, and has expertise in a wide range of youth contexts, including working with inter-cultural, refugee, sexually exploited and other vulnerable groups. I recommend her without reservation for any work in these areas."
 
Dr Jane Plastow
Professor of African Theatre and
Director of Centre for African Studies
University of Leeds
 
“It has been a pleasure to work with Nola for the National Union of Teachers Refugee Voices Project.  Her expertise and knowledge made it possible to capture the experiences of refugee children and young people living in Leeds and Bradford.  She went above and beyond the projects expectations – working sensitively and engagingly with the refugee children which enabled us to gather information we would not have been able to without her support. We would recommend her consultancy to anyone wanting to work with refugee children and young people. We hope we can work together again in the future!“
Sally Thomas
Policy Officer – Women and Girls’ Rights and Race Equality
National Union of Teachers

“I found the training very powerful and enlightening. Nola explained very complex issues in the most accessible way. I would recommend this course to anyone working with children, young people and communities” 

 

—  Henriette Mahamane,

     Communities Team, Leeds City Council