Aimee Gwyther is a local resident living in Portsmouth with her young family. Originally born and raised in North-West London on a council estate by hermother. She attended the local state schools and gained a place at Durham University to study Politics. After graduating, she moved into the state education sector. There she undertook roles in physical, emotional and behavioural support for several years. In addition, she has taught English to foreign and high school students for the past 13 years. During her time in youth engagement she set up and co-ran a youth group in Islington, a funded endeavour to tackle anti-social behaviour and poor relations between students across borough boundaries.
Most recently she has worked as a mental health support worker in Portsmouth. Her husband was born here, so they have settled in the area and their two young children attend local schools. Aimee believes in providing strategies to loweranti-social behaviour by targeting it early on, as well as around the time of its occurrence.
Aimee says: “I have been in the education sector for 16 years and have wide experience of working in partnership with healthcare professionals, public agencies and community projects to tackle the sources of anti-social behaviour and provide training opportunities and support which helps to give alternatives to this activity. I would like to see a Portsmouth where neighbourhoods feel far safer in the ways that people tell me they used to.”
Aimee has already hit the ground running and is working with local students to engage them in Politics. They submitted a range of questions about the council and what it is like to be a candidate. Click here to head over to her Facebook page or here for her Instagram to watch the videos.
Her vision is to see a Portsmouth community which is able to gain better access to mental health resources, social care support and training at all ages and for all backgrounds. She wants to work in partnership with local residents in the Nelson ward to foster activities which keep them connected to each other. She volunteers with ‘Simon Says Portsmouth’, a child bereavement charity and has experience volunteering with charities dedicated to supporting people to develop life and work skills, including sustainability projects in Uganda. Recently she undertook an MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology with a view to complete higher level psychological research in youth engagement and mental health strategies, which can be implemented locally.
Aimee added: “In Portsmouth there is great scope to connect people in the community and draw on projects and resources, which are already running that residents may not be aware of. Since Covid the feeling of loneliness and disconnection from community spirit has only widened for some, but there are projects which seek to regain a sense of connectedness and safety, which already run here. As someone who has spent my life, from childhood, engaged in community work, I want to draw together the skills and desires of local people with these organisations – it is achievable.”¬†
Over the past few months Aimee and the team have been out and about listening to local residents in Nelson about their ideas and concerns and she is already taking action. There are lots of people who are fed up with the lack of support from their elected representatives both locally and in Westminster and Aimee is seeking to change this in May.
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