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Welcome Ian – Our New Education Officer!

MEET IAN!

We are so pleased to be able to introduce you to our brand new team member, Ian Spiers.

Ian has joined us part-time as our Education Officer, taking our work with young people in Schools & Youth settings to the next level.  A big part of Ian’s role will be equipping teachers and youth workers to deliver our resources on human trafficking & exploitation – supporting them in delivery and signposting.  It’s so good to add to our team and Ian comes with a wealth of experience and ability.

We thought we’d let you get to know Ian a bit better by interviewing him here:

Ian! Welcome to the team!  How did you first learn about us here at Freedom Acts?

Well, about 4 years ago I had met Mel and Laura at one of their training sessions when they were delivering work as Craigavon ACT, and was aware of the great work being carried out by the group back then.

Tell us a bit about your new role?

In my new roll as Education Officer, I will be meeting with a wide range of people to offer assistance, guidance and training in the wide, diverse and emotive subject of human trafficking, grooming, CSE and other forms of exploitation.

What drew you to want to work with us?

Firstly, I was aware of the great work being undertaken by the Freedom Acts team and I wanted to become part of that team to provide guidance and support, to those who are vulnerable to exploitation and to inform others that are in a position to help.

Secondly as I come from an education background and have a knowledge  Human Trafficking, I felt that I had something useful to bring to the team.

Before working at Freedom Acts, what was the most unusual or interesting job or role you’ve ever had?

I have and continue to work in the field of mental health and well-being. Which is interesting and demanding, but also a very rewarding. I think it is similar in a way to my new role as I am assisting and guiding those who need help to deal with a difficulty at a particular time in their lives.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

I am a dog lover and I can’t stand any type of animal cruelty. But my peeve is owners allowing their dogs to foul in public places and not picking it up!

Ugh.  Yes – that is the worst.  So – what is your favourite guilty pleasure?

Chocolate in the evening. Every evening.

Where is one place you would LOVE to travel to?

I love city breaks, however I would love to go to the Seychelles and chill out on a silver white beach.

Wouldn’t we all Ian!  Maybe we can arrange that for our next Team Day…! Really though, what are you most looking forward to about your new role in Freedom Acts?

I know there is more to the role but I get my real buzz from actually delivering sessions. I am just really  looking forward to getting on with it all!

Finally, what 3 words would you use to describe Freedom Acts?

Progressive. Proactive. Inspirational.

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Awesome.  Thanks Ian for sharing with us, and please do feel free to contact Ian if you would like to meet with him to talk about how he can work alongside your School or Youth provision.  Ian can be reached on ian.spiers@cipni.com