For pride month this year, some of team at the NYA have asked to share with the sector what pride means to them…

Esther Horner-Aird

Deputy Director of Youth Work

Esther has worked in the youth work sector for almost 20 years, across a range of settings and contexts. Esther started her career as a part time youth worker at the London Borough of Bexley, gaining her JNC qualification and progressing to Youth Development Officer.

Esther is never too far away from front line delivery, a youth worker at heart, she remains driven by wanting a fairer, more equitable and progressive society for all young people.

As a member of the LGBTQIA+ Youth Work Community, I am able to celebrate Pride every day. I have the benefit of working alongside colleagues across the sector who deliver, commission, engage with and promote outstanding LGBTQIA+ Youth Work, this brings me so much hope for a fairer, more supportive and more equitable future for LGBTQIA+ Young People.  

Youth Work is my passion and within my role as Deputy Director of Youth Work for the NYA, I am driven to ensure that as a collective, we can all commit to building a space within our sector that brings hope, happiness, solidarity and belonging.  

Currently in my role I am working on the following projects that aim to celebrate and promote LGBTQIA+ Youth Work nationally. Get in touch with me if you want to know more:  

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