Hayley Bury - BA (Hons) Criminology

  • Studied: First Class Honours - BA (Hons) Criminology

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Blackburn College. After I left school I trained as a chef but was made redundant whilst I was on maternity leave with my little boy. I decided to retrain – it’s been something that I have always wanted to do. I had to be very disciplined as a new Mum as well as returning to education, but it’s paid off because I’ve now got a new job with Nightsafe as a Youth Inclusion Worker.

“I work in the day-centre was well as doing   dispersed outreach work with eight young people who are being supported into independent living.

“My work in the day centre involves running positive activities and educational sessions that help give young people confidence if they are living in emergency or temporary accommodation.

“Throughout the course I had three volunteer jobs – one with LifeLine, one with NightSafe and another with the Young Offending Team. I have kept up my work with the Youth Offending Team and work with children aged 10-17 who are referred to the courts.

“I really enjoyed the course but I especially liked conducting some live research that was commissioned by Blackburn’s Business Improvement District (BID) about perceptions of crime and safety in Blackburn town-centre. Some of the recommendations have been taken forward by the BID group – it’s great to see the research I did benefitting my home-town.

“Overall I’m so glad I chose to enrol on the degree – not only do I really like my new job but the degree has led to other good things.

“I’m currently arranging an event to be held at the University Centre at Blackburn College with Professor Steven Case – he’s an international renowned academic who specialises in Youth Justice. He’ll be attending Blackburn to conduct a positive youth justice event which will be for Youth Workers from the town and beyond as well as students.”

"I really enjoyed the course but I especially liked conducting some live research that was commissioned by Blackburn’s Business Improvement District (BID)"
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