A skilled and dedicated team
“We were impressed with the professionalism of CYC’s staff… They were friendly and courteous at all times. They built an excellent rapport with the children and managed their behaviour consistently, and well.” Headteacher, St Bernadette Junior School
All our Lead Instructors hold an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check. They are experienced tutors and leaders, with a wealth of skills and knowledge. The number of learners per session is limited. This is to ensure that all of them (including, apprentices) receive the support and attention they need to progress.
“The parents were delighted to see their children perform on stage. Thank you and your staff for providing our children with the opportunity to work with such talented people.” Teacher, St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School
Olivia is an adept Film Director and Facilitator, who specialises in documentary filmmaking and media workshops for young people. She directed and produced content for television and online for over 10 years. She trains young people to use filmmaking as a means of expression and a platform to have their voices heard.
Olivia worked as a Senior Researcher for renowned agencies, including Viacom and MTV Networks. She was an Assistant Producer for Remedy Productions, one of the top entertainment and production companies in the UK. She also worked as a Camera Operator at VICE Media and at the Barbican Centre, in the Education department. Olivia became a Senior Creative at TellyJuice in 2012, a video and broadcasting agency lending its space and equipment to ‘Cause YOU Can’s students. She creates feature-length documentaries as a Director for PAZ Films. While she has her own filmmaking and production company, she’s also a Lead singer, Musician and Performer.
Olivia seeks to use filmmaking to create a dialogue on a local and international scale, using themes such as community and identity as sources of inspiration, in the UK and abroad. In London, she was a Director and Facilitator for the ABC Trusts — Action For Brazil’s Children. In Brazil, she worked with young people in Rocinha (the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro) and Vidigal, a neighborhood of Rio with severe levels of socio-economic deprivation. She also worked as a Director and in-class Facilitator at Cinema Nosso, a film school set up by Fernando Merrilles, the Director of City of God.
Jamie is a versatile Musician, Composer and Workshop Leader. He is best known as a Singer, Guitarist and Songwriter under the moniker: The Magic Lantern. His second album, Love of Too Much Living (2014) was championed by The Guardian, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe & Bob Harris, and BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne. He sings in an acapella trio called The Ballina Whalers performing traditional nautical ballads, with whom he’s toured through Europe. Jamie is much in demand as a jazz singer and guitarist around the London jazz scene. He leads The Boomtown Swingalings, a band specialising in the golden age of swing music of the 40’s and 50’s.
Jamie is a film and theatre Composer, with credits including full-length scores for Popeli Theatre’s Knowledge of Angels and Free Fall Theatre’s Half Man/Half Clam. He’s written scores for documentaries, including the Award-winning Surpriseville by director Tim Travers Hawkins, Peinture Fraiche for France 2, Invisible Picture Show for Film Australia and a score for an installation by Moving Dust dance company.
He presents a weekly folk and world music radio show The Nest Collective Hour on Resonance 104.4 FM. He works as a music Tutor, focusing on the classical guitar, piano, improvisation and songwriting. He’s been working since 2009 at the arts charity Innersense, delivering music-based workshops for adults and children with learning difficulties. When facilitating workshops for ‘Cause YOU Can, Jamie teaches children aged 6–11 to develop a stage presence, perform songs and co-design their own show.
Bianca is a Social Worker, Counsellor and Personal Development Coordinator. She has a special interest in raising self-esteem and confidence in children and young people, as well as women. She facilitated many workshops in schools, children’s centres and with community groups. During her studies, she undertook placements at a Domestic Violence Unit and a Parent & Child Contact Centre. Early on in her career, she worked for Victim Support, a charity that helps people cope with the effects of crime. She then worked for Age Concern (now, Age UK) as a Volunteer Coordinator. In both roles, she designed and delivered training programmes for prospective volunteers.
Bianca worked for Greenwich University, setting up and coordinating the university’s first Volunteering service. She used to be a Mentor for vulnerable young people who have left the care system or moved into supported accommodation. She increased their independence by teaching them life skills such as budgeting, self-care, shopping and cooking, while building their self-esteem and confidence. She currently facilitates a monthly Women’s Self-development group, which has been running for 8 years.
Bianca thoroughly enjoys helping, supporting and encouraging young people and other individuals in achieving positive mental health and well-being. At ‘Cause YOU Can, she helps children and young people to feel good about themselves for them to realise their value and own worth, so that they can achieve their potential. By making a positive impact on their mental health, as well as linking with parents and educators, Bianca’s contribution is essential to our participants’ health and well-being.
Karina Llaneza Moya
Karina is an experienced Physical Education Teacher and Yoga and Pilates Instructor. She was born in Santiago De Chile where she worked in schools for 7 years, before coming to live in London in 2012. As a child, Karina developed a passion for dance and sports, especially for rhythmic gymnastics and contemporary dance. She studied Pedagogy in Physical Education, Sports and Recreation at the Catholic University Silva Henríquez (UCSH) in Santiago de Chile, driven by a strong social commitment and a vocation for service.
She worked with the Foundation for Overcoming Poverty in Chile. She was involved in the “Adopt a Brother” programme, enhancing the development of children facing social and educational inequalities through play and psycho-socio interventions, in schools and with families. She worked in poor municipalities in the area of Santiago, promoting sports and healthy living as a means to reduce the vulnerability and lack of integration of many children living in these communities.
Karina studied in the Chilean Academy of Yoga. She developed a programme for 7 year olds while working as a Primary school teacher. She’s interested in the learning process and individual learning styles. She sees yoga as a transformational tool for students to develop self-awareness, resilience and discipline. At ‘Cause YOU Can, she raises children and young people’s awareness of their own body and surroundings, so supporting their integral development, physical and emotional well-being. She has a passion for traveling and experiencing other cultures, photography, politics, art and dance.
Educated at St Mary’s School (Cambridge) Emerald started acting from a young age, playing Susan in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at aged 10, Juliet in a tour of Romeo and Juliet around East Anglia and Miranda, at the Cambridge Art Theatre in The Tempest. She undertook a BA in Acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where she won the Carleton Hobbs Radio Drama Award.
In 2009, she joined the BBC Radio Drama Company, taking part in more than 40 productions for BBC Radio 3, 4 and BBC Radio 4 Extra. These brought her to the attention to the producers of The Archers, who were looking to recast the role of Emma Grundy previously held by Felicity Jones. Emerald has since been cast in many supporting roles for television productions and held lead roles on stage, such as the Birmingham Repertory Company’s 2011 production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Tom Stoppard’s Travesties.
An eldest of five children, Emerald has a long-term personal and professional commitment to improving the welfare of young people, using drama and stage arts as creative tools. She facilitated drama workshops in a Diagnostic unit for Children and Families and in an inpatient unit for young people with Eating Disorders, within Cambridge and Peterborough’s NHS services. She led workshops in Drama for large groups of Primary school children in Cambridge and Bristol. She directed pupils in drama club settings, for end-of-term shows. Emerald uses techniques, such as improvisation, movement, text-based and voice work to help ‘Cause YOU Can’s students develop confidence, soft and literacy skills, while addressing social and emotional aspects of learning.