Kay Oldroyd | Award Recpient

Kay Oldroyd is the founder and director of YiE (Youth in Excellence CIC). Regularly referred to as ‘a superwoman’ and ‘an inspirational figure, Kay is a successful business woman who describes her ‘purpose’ as “showing others that all things are possible…”. Mother to 2 grown children, she decided that she didn’t want them to experience the same lack of confidence that she felt, nor did she want them to be limited in their choices as to what they could do in their lives. She also wanted the same for other young people. This passion and sense of community has driven Kay to actively tackle the issues affecting those around her and beyond.

Kay has over 20 years experience of helping people in a variety of roles starting with the very young in nursery and primary schools to supporting victims of domestic violence; advising and guiding clients back into work; mentoring and coaching students in further education and most recently as a behavioural specialist at a pupil referral unit. The most challenging role to date, Kay supported a number of students who had been excluded from mainstream education due to a myriad of complex issues ranging from low self esteem and confidence leading to disruptive behaviour, to drugs, neglect, abuse (sexual, physical, emotional and mental), prostitution and gang activity.

Kay has organised and facilitated family forums, where children and parents come together to discuss and tackle a range of community issues that are affecting them. “By empowering others to take responsibility and ownership of their direct environment, changes can take place.

Kay’s work has been recognised at the Mayor of London’s Peace Week where she collected the Volunteer of the Year Award and she was also named as one of Europe’s Most Powerful Black Women along with earning herself a place in the Black 100+ Legacy Book in the same year. She was a finalist at The National Diversity Awards in 2014.

 

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