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Joanne Sims is a member of the Interim Youth Work Board

Jo Sims has worked within the Youth Service and Youth Sector for 20 years. After graduating from university, she worked in Russia as an English teacher, then returned home to initially volunteer and later work as a youth worker in Newport Youth Service. The role involved piloting and developing school based youth work and emotional literacy programmes and worked as both a detached youth worker and centre based across Newport. Later, she worked as a Senior Youth Worker in a voluntary sector youth project in the centre of Merthyr Tydfil. She developed an interest in a rights based approach to working with young people during the developments of Extending Entitlement and further developed this through working for a short time with the Children’s Society, later Tros Gynnal and finally spent 6 years with the Children’s Commissioner for Wales as the Senior Participation Officer. For the last 9 years she has worked as Blaenau Gwent’s Youth Service Manager and lead on the developments of the recent South East Wales ESF Youth programmes. For the last two years she acted as Chair for the Wales Principal Youth Officer's Group (PYOG). She currently represents Blaenau Gwent at the PYOG and sits on the Education Standards Committee (ETS Wales), which endorses JNC Youth and Community Work programmes in Higher Education Institutions across Wales.

She currently lives in Powys on a farm with her partner and children, is a Welsh learner, supporting her children through Welsh medium education.