Who we are
Practical Participation is run by Tim Davies and Bill Badham.
Tim Davies has been exploring the intersection of youth engagement, social justice and social technologies for the last 10 years. Between 2003 and 2006 Tim was a part time trainer and consultant with The NYA, and in 2005 established Practical Participation as an independent limited company supporting youth participation through the effective use of technology. Tim graduated from Oxford University in 2006 with a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and, after a short time in which he was juggling work with The NYA, Practical Participation and as the marketing manager of a Fairtrade shop, Tim developed Practical Participation into a full time enterprise. Since then, Tim has been the lead researcher on the Youth Work & Social Networking Project, leading to the development of internationally recognised work on youth engagement and social media; and has been actively exploring a wide range of innovative participation and technology projects .
From 1984 to 1999 Bill was involved in direct practice in probation, social care and community social work including national policy influence on groupwork with young offenders, preventative intervention and the role of the voluntary sector, leading the Nottingham Social Work voluntary sector specialism and co-writing the Open Learning Foundation modules on children and families. Since 1999 Bill has been a national influence on young people’s participation including running a national programme across over 30 projects, being co-author of Hear by Right participation standards and author of Act by Right, skills for young people to help make change happen. Bill led The NYA’s participation programme till September 2009, before becoming Co-Director of Practical Participation. He has extensive experience of undertaking a wide range training, consultancy and presentations across the statutory and voluntary sector with local and national partners.
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