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Alice McColl, Development Lead Children and Young People

Alice McColl

Alice joined the NDTi staff team in 2019 and has 20 years of leadership experience in the public and voluntary sector. Alice is passionate about community inclusion and the importance of all work which enables children and young people’s and their families voices to be heard. Her background is in play development and for several years she worked as a strategic commissioner of children services. She is an experienced trainer and facilitator and a champion of mental health and wellbeing,

During COVID-19 Alice developed NDTIs programme Time to Talk, working directly with young people with additional support needs online to provide person centred support and motivation for the future. Based on learning from an initial evaluation, the programme developed into Time to Talk Next Steps, funded for 3 years by the National Lottery Community Fund. This alongside a pilot project set up in 2022 in Scotland provide support to young people with additional support needs and facilitate coproduction enabling participants to influence change and contribute to strategic work on improving transitions nationally.

Alice works closely with the NDTi evaluation and research team and is always keen to use learning to develop new projects which respond to voices of people with lived experience. Alice believes that the principles of play and playfulness as vital to creating inclusive communities.

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