As director of Kandu Arts for Sustainable Development and a director of Kandu Arts Community Projects CIC, Ed has over 25 years experience of working with, for, and giving voice to marginalised individuals and groups. Using his experience in the music industry and more recently in film making Ed knows and uses the potential of Arts mediums along with strong mentoring and support to bring about change, empower individuals and communities locally and nationally.
Kandu’s multifaceted methodology and success has led to Ed being invited as consultant on many areas regarding community engagement, sustainable practices and in working with and giving voice to young people and their communities. Ed regularly contributes to a local newspaper column, writes topical songs and collaborates on film projects.
A qualified teacher and psychotherapist, project Manager, Donna has over 25 years experience working with marginalised groups in schools and third sector organisations. A director of Kandu Arts Community Projects CIC, Donna administrates and delivers Kandu projects. She loves to work in all areas of Kandu.
By using visual and digital arts, sports, cooking, outdoor activities, talking, teaching and loads of playing she has found that building strong positive interpersonal relationships through nurturing and mentoring enables people to grow, make positive choices and have a wide impact in challenging inequality and disaffection. Donna is a keen creative writer and outdoor leader.
A skilled and experienced musician and multi-instrumentalist. Jess delivers much of the music provision at Kandu and supports many of our wider community projects and residentials. Jess uses her understanding of the struggles of young people to enable them to find the confidence to pick up an instrument, sing, perform and express themselves in ways that more formal music “teaching” may not.
Jess includes music making with her mentoring and support roles which use her skills in art, games and sports. Jess is also a qualified homeopath and is studying a CBT qualification.
Amy cheerfully juggles supporting and mentoring young people at Kandu in the delivery of Alternative provision, her work as a carer for vulnerable adults and her degree in Social Work . She has wide experience of Kandu projects and can turn her hand to any challenge.
Pete has coached the Kandu Kicks footballers at the weekly sessions for over 6 years. He has been manager of the Stanley Park Sports Amenity in Chippenham since 2007 March 2007. Pete holds a FA L2 UEFA B P1 in Outfield Coaching and in Goalkeeping. He is also certified in Coaching Disabled Footballers, Safeguarding, Emergency first Aid and AED. A goal keeping specialist, Pete loves football and is committed to the social and skills support and development of Kicks participants.
Gordon works with young people in Cornwall and joins us on specific projects. He is also a director of Kandu Arts Community Projects CIC.
Gordon worked in Education for over 30 years, he was head of Sixth Form and then Headteacher of a large comprehensive school in Wiltshire before moving to Cornwall. He brings vast experience of the education system and is passionate about helping young people reach their full potential. Bringing both professionalism and humour to the team.
Mel is responsible for Kandu’s accounts and finance. After many years in the financial industries Mel now dedicates herself to community work. A skilled artist and singer Mel can often be found (or heard) knocking out a quick sketch, portrait or song or offering a few words of support to a young person.
As a Master Sports Practitioner (NLP) a World Snooker and an 8 Ball Academy Coach, Duncan specialises in all aspects of Cue Sports Performance. He uses an adapted form of mental skills training in supporting young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) in college with Macintyre Charity and mentoring young people at Kandu.
Duncan is the first sports coach in the U.K to achieve his coaching badges for World Snooker and the 8 Ball Academy - affiliated to English Pool Association and Universties Pool Council and has over 25 years coaching and playing sport at County Level. Duncan believes it is important to understand how a student’s beliefs and values play a major part in their performance. Understanding firstly what his student wants and how initially they can manage their minds to achieve their fullest potential.
Tom is studying music at university and performing with his successful band New Luna. When not away, Tom works alongside us at Kandu in the delivery of projects and uses his superb skills in music recording and mastering to produce quality pieces from Studio B.
He has a passionate and empathic understanding of the needs of Kandu’s participants along with a keen ear for detail and arrangement.
A filmmaker living in London. He specialises in writing and directing whilst keeping his passion for ethical causes – and projects with a positive message, close to heart. His training as a Director, Facilitator and collaborator enables everyone who is involved in the project to voice their ideas. He has many years experience working with Kandu and delivering alternative provision and in film and community projects.
Conor's experience with theatre, as well as his training as an actor ensures he gets the best out of people. His knowledge of literature allows for a detailed exploration into storytelling; helping him to sculpt the journey of a character or subject. His insight into film, and other forms of artwork, help him to visually express the atmosphere, mood and themes of the story.
Toby lives in London, where he works as an Editor and Cinematographer. He keeps his morals close to heart, and enjoys working on projects with a positive message and good cause. His ample industry experience shooting and editing for a range of different clients ensures that the product he creates not only looks beautiful, but also fits brand guidelines.
Toby's work has ranged from facilitating disadvantaged young people, to making promotional videos for large clients. The range of work that he has completed ensures a broad perspective on any issues that arises throughout production, and his keen eye for detail ensures a visually interesting piece of art.
His diligent handling of work ensures timely delivery of projects, to an impeccable standard. He has a polite manner and his systematic workflow always results in a happy client at the end of a project.
Jack is a secret nerd at heart with a passion for filmmaking. He is a freelance filmmaker and broadcast TV camera assistant/operator. He first started out working in plumbing and heating, but his creativity and imagination led him to pick up a digital camera and began shooting goofy short videos. Now after 6 years of broadcast TV experience Jack is now acting as a camera assistant to a variety of camera operators.
Jack now works for the BBC; has experience with foreign filming, and an empathic passion for people, which helps him get the best out of contributors and the crew and particularly young people with life challenges.
Film Practitioner and Facilitator – Wayne is a multidisciplinarian with 10 years experience across the film industry and also in facilitating film projects with young people. He is one third of Bentley, Bentley and Bentley.
He has an in depth technical understanding, and a keen sense of humour. He prides himself in creating a calm and light environment on set to allow people to create outstanding work in a safe and efficient fashion. He also plays the drums, is a keen photographer and loves to cook.
Kris is an established actor, short film maker and young peoples’ facilitator in London. He works alongside us on a number of projects, most recently First Class where he collaborated in writing the piece and he edits. He uses his creativity and passion for giving voice to the marginalized.
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Trish works with young people in Cornwall and joins us for specific projects. She is also a Director of Kandu Arts Community Projects Community Interest Company.
Trish has been working with young people for the past 12 years. She has always recognised the value of using creativity in all its forms as a way of building confidence and self-esteem and as a platform for giving young people a voice.
Trish qualified in Teaching and facilitating Arts projects after studying at Falmouth University of Arts and gained an M.A in History of Modern Art and Design.