Dr Wayne Richards


Senior Lecturer, Applied Social Sciences

Department of Social Work and the Community

Contact Details

email: w.richards@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 85 5126

· PhD Counselling
· M.Ed. Counselling
· Diploma in Training Management
· Diploma in Community Work
· B.Sc. Biological Sciences

Teaching & Research

I am interested in the development of transformational practices that enhances the capacities of individuals to make changes in their lives and in the social systems in which they are embedded.
Key areas are:
· personal change and development
· social justice
· leadership
· sustainability

· Applications of complex systems theory to youth work
· Construction of racial identity
· Participant action research
· Reflexive methodologies
· PhD Supervision

Professional Experience

· Senior Lecturer in Youth and Community Work
· Trainer and consultant to public sector organisations in social work, education, health, youth and community sectors on team building, race/cultural awareness, equal opportunities, and diversity management.
· Counsellor in GP practice and Counselling Supervisor


Richards, W. & Simpson, A. (1992) Struggling with Equal Opportunities. Telford: Virgo Associates.
Richards, W. & Emmett, R. (1989) Personal Strategies: Developing a Personal Approach to Equal Opportunities. Telford: Virgo Associates. Richards, W (2009) His Masters Voice. Journal of Youth Work, 2: pp.7-24. Available online at: http://www.youthlinkscotland.org/webs/245/documents/JYWiss2.pdf
Richards, W. (1995) Working With Mixed Race Young People. Youth and policy, n.47.

External Responsibilities

· Throughout 35 years of experience as a youth and community worker, lecturer, trainer, counsellor, and action researcher, I have focused on achieving direct impact on the lives of young people, their families and communities, and on the education and training of youth work practitioners.

· Youth and Community worker responsible for direct work with young people developing projects to integrate young people into their local community and build intergenerational support.