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Alison Coldwell

About Me

Name:Alison Coldwell
Sex:Female
D.O.B.:27 March 1978
Languages Spoken: English
French
Resorts I can work in: Portes de Soleil
CRB Check:01 Oct 2018

Experience & Qualifications

Introduction:

I've firmly established myself in the Portes du Soleil (by working, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, running...) so know the area well - from the prettiest nature walks to where to get the best hot chocolate!

As a creative, organised and calm yet energetic person, I have a lot of warmth and fun to give to your children. Boundaries and expectations are important so I like to get to know people as individuals, and tailor my service by offering options where appropriate.

I believe that routine offers comfort and regulation, whilst variety helps to develop neural pathways for growth. Therefore a balance of the two best describes my style of support.

Also available for short-term live-in posts and longer term commitments if required.
Qualifications:

The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development (UN Academy, 2020)
B.A. Hons Fine Art (2000)
First Aid (2017)
Mental Health First Aid (2018)
Full DBS check (2018)
Experience:

Most recently I worked as an Activity Rep and Kids Club leader (4-12 year olds) for a British tour operator in Les Gets and also babysat little ones. From there I have expanded my experience to look after babies of all ages.

When I first arrived in resort I worked part time for a chalet company and also provided ad-hoc daytime child (and pet!) care for a family with four children (aged 4 to 11) and regularly looked after a friend’s 3 year old - crafting, baking and playing indoors/outdoors.

Prior to that I was a Team Leader and Welfare Officer at residential kids camps in the UK for the YHA and RAF (8-16 year olds). In addition to this, I've looked after teams of older teenagers on Project Raleigh in Costa Rica - where we also worked in schools and communities for 3 months. I was inspired to do this after 5 years of mentoring young adults via The Prince's Trust.

Since then I’ve been hired for everything from temporary live-in posts and longer-term contracts, to foreign trips... and children's parties! Many of my friends have young children aged 0-10, so very little phases me!

My References

Reference Received from: Mike Pratt

Reference:

"Alison was always professional, friendly and inviting, she ran our kids club in Les Gets French alpa for 4monthsnover the summer season, she did a fantastic job and has been an asset to our business.
Mike Pratt
Alpine Elements
Morzine
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Reference Received from: Craig Widdowson

Reference:

"Alison Coldwell has volunteered for the YHA for a couple of years on our Summer Camps supporting young people. Please find below feedback from the Camp Managers:

“Thank you for being an amazing part of the team, thank you for picking up on the issues on camp, for expertly and calming managing them and for ensuring that young people on camp were successful but also for knowing that success for each and everyone of them is different. Never did I think I’d see a room of 15 year olds requesting a fairytale but it seems that it was true! Thank you for taking the time to listen, but also for trusting me to action things as necessary. For having the initiative to just get on with it.”

Left by YHA St Briavel's Castle

For Summer Camp Welfare Volunteer - YHA St Briavels Castle 21 July-3 August 2018


“The following qualities have been scored from 1-10 with 1 being rated as poor and 10 being rated as excellent. Teamwork: 10/10 Communication: 10/10 Initiative: 10/10 Group management skills: 10/10 Rapport with young people: 10/10 Working under pressure: 9/10 Working with the younger campers, Ali’s friendly personality helped her to provide an excellent experience for campers, and to ensure they felt supported at all times. Her experience as a welfare volunteer elsewhere meant that she was comfortable in supporting other team leaders, and had a keen eye to identify potential issues within her and other groups. We only wish we could have worked with Ali for longer – thank you Ali!”

Left by YHA Edale

For Summer Camp Volunteer Team Leader - YHA Edale 11-24 August 2018
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Reference Received from: Gina Ewart

Reference:

"Ali worked for us this winter as a part time driver and she was courteous, a safe driver and reliable. She did have to deal with a tyre blow out on the motorway and stayed calm and the guests were positive about how she handled the situation. I did not witness Ali working with children as this was not a childcare role so this is just a character witness.

Gina Ewart
Reach4theAlps
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