Good Wolf People

 

Kelly Ng
Last year I relocated to South Norwood to start Good Wolf People. My love for arts was largely due to the Bedfordshire Youth Theatre where I spent my teenage years performing my way into adulthood. The personal qualities I developed and the friendships made there had a big impact on who I am and how I do things and I have always felt strongly that more people should have the these opportunities. During my Youth and Community degree I had a placement at Social Enterprise ‘Wooden Hill’, run by John & Cally. During this placement for I witnessed the extraordinary talent of young people who I worked alongside as a facilitator and trainer. The way in which they were able to harness the negative experiences in their lives to create positive change was an inspiration. Since then I have spent over 5 years working with the YMCA in Hertfordshire delivering and then managing the organization's youth work. Whilst this was going on I did something I really didn't expect to do, I completed an MBA (masters in business). It seems rather inevitable that the sum of the parts of my career would result in the development of what we call Good Wolf and I am looking forward to seeing how we can make a difference and provide people with the opportunities they were made for.
John Handscombe
I took a long journey to reach the world of Social Enterprise. From pig farm to youth theatre to television drama via sandwiches, slippers and switchboards until I found myself as a team administrator for social services. It was then I became interested in working directly with young people and took on a second job at a family centre and then a third working for the Youth Offending Team. Three jobs were handy to help pay for the fourth: the creation of a brand new social enterprise in Bedfordshire. There I got to use my drama background to work with people who were labelled as disadvantaged, but were mostly just disempowered. We worked in partnership with these people to create ways for their voices to be heard by people who made decisions about their lives. Along the way we provided training, volunteering and work opportunities for them that would have otherwise been unavailable. Then in 2010 came austerity and a world where no-one had money to pay for “soft” outcomes. However life-changing they might be. What followed for me was 6 years of knowing what it felt like to be disempowered. To remain unheard. To disappear. So Good Wolf for me is much more than a way to help people, to be creative, to empower people, to be part of an inclusive and cohesive community. It’s a way for me to exist in the world again. Bring it on.
Jo Vyvyan
I am the admin side of Good Wolf! I previously worked with John and Kelly in Bedfordshire and didn't hesitate when they offered me the chance to join them in their new venture! Working at Good Wolf is a reassuring reminder that not everyone in this world is "in it for themselves". I enjoy working with people who are genuinely trying to improve people's lives and make a difference. Knowing that I’ve been part of giving someone a voice, or enabling them to have the opportunity to try new things is very rewarding. In my experience, working for social enterprises and charities makes for a more laid back working environment. That being said, if things aren’t been done, I’m the one who gets the big stick out and makes it happen! Asides from being a wolf, my husband and I have two lovely daughters. I enjoy going to gigs and of course meeting my fellow Good Wolves for cake while we figure out all things admin!
Ian Latham
My career has taken me down many avenues by both chance and choice. My ethos has always been that work is not just for money but more importantly enjoyment. After leaving school I entered the civil service where, for a sixteen year old, the enjoyment of issuing death grants soon dwindled. I moved to London a year later and trained at the BBC as a costumier. That led me to Hollywood working as a PA to a film director. During my years in LaLa Land I volunteered at a charity, Angel Food,where we cooked and delivered meals to homebound HIV patients. It was the early 1990's, a time when there was little education about HIV. As a young man the experience taught me many invaluable and unforgettable lessons. One of which being that I wanted to help. So naturally on my return to London I toured with a pop band for two years and then was General Manager of a private members club in Soho for a decade ( hmmm? ). After moving to Manchester for nine years, where I rekindled my career in costume, I have now moved back to London to become a Good Wolf. The wolves have an ethos so great I just couldn't resist. I'd like to think that the combination of previously running a business and aiding people will bring something to the Good Wolf table. I look forward to the coming years with hope and excitement.