Student Lounge is a brand new after school project for the young people of Nuneaton, funded by Warwickshire County Council, running Tuesdays-Thursdays from 3-5.30pm in the Saints cafe area.

Saints will be closed to the public, giving students the full use of the premises. Young people will have access to laptops for their homework, a printer to produce work and they will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of free activities such as drama, film creation, music, dance, sport etc. We are currently able to offer free hot food and drinks to the young people during Student Lounge, thanks to funding from ThinkHigher and WCC.

Meet the team

Kaeli Spina - Youth Team Leader

Kaeli has a degree in music from Nexus ICA, and is currently studying a masters in Youth Work. She has led youth groups, taught dancing, and even worked as a freelance social media consultant. Kaeli was a part of starting a YouTube channel called 'The Way UK' which has 1.85k subscribers! She has a natural passion for the community, particularly working with young people in care, street workers and young parents.


Rhianna Morris - Youth Worker

Rhianna has a degree in Film Production, and until recently she was a Stagecoach teacher. She specialises in theatre, drama, film production, singing and spoken word production. She is passionate about the community, in particular the negative effects of poor mental health on young people. Fun fact - Rhianna has recently started a film production company called 'Zion Films'!


Will Hawkes - Youth Worker

Will is on staff at YWAM in Nuneaton, and has extensive youth work experience. He has been involved in leading many youth camps and he is naturally adventurous. He is keen to use his skills in sports and video creation to support young people.


Sam Dunton - Youth Worker

Sam is on staff at YWAM Nuneaton and volunteers extensively for Saints. He has a broad experience of working with children and young people in the community. Sam is practical and friendly, is passionate about Nuneaton. Fun fact - Sam loves board games!


Penny Stevens - Lead Youth Work Volunteer

Penny is a qualified teacher, TA and SEN teacher who has worked extensively across many schools in Nuneaton. She is a volunteer at Saints and is passionate about helping young people with disabilities, such as autism and dyslexia. Penny will volunteer to guide student learning in the Student Lounge, offering support for homework, writing applications and more! Her experience in supporting young people with multiple disabilities and helping pupils with GCSE revision will be a huge asset to the program.

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ThinkHigher are an organisation linked up with Warwick University, who want to help young people make informed decisions about their future education and career. ThinkHigher run our Wednesday sessions. You can read more about what they do here.

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