Tom Kellett has always had a passion for the Arts. From school drama, he went on to join and form youth theatre companies, specialising in Street Theatre, Forum Theatre and Theatre in Education. He has also juggled his way across Europe and Australia, and performed and taught on circus tours across the UK.
Since qualifying in Youth & Community Work in 1995, Tom has worked for a variety of statutory and voluntary organisations in England and Wales. From establishing, developing and managing youth centres, drop-in services, community cafes, street-based work and mobile youth projects to assisting, empowering, engaging, inspiring, instructing, motivating and supporting young people, Tom has always tried to stick to his strong, social education principles: helping people to gain for themselves, the necessary knowledge, experience and skills, in order to meet their own developmental needs and those of others.
In October 2018, Tom moved back to his hometown of Cardiff having lived in Kent for almost fifteen years. He had a wonderful nine years employed as a Youth Arts Worker for Kent County Council, and in 2007, Tom was presented with the Individual Gold Award at KCC's Quality Service Awards, within the Communities Directorate (the largest Directorate with over 6000 employees). Unfortunately, Tom was made redundant in December 2012 but in January 2013, he established TK Arts and has delivered circus skills and drama workshops and projects to thousands of children and young people in Kent and across the South East and West of England and Wales.
Through his circus skills and theatre work, Tom has affected life changing experiences on a significant number of young people. Although they may not perform well at more traditional subjects, many of them excel in Youth Arts. Instead of failing, they quickly discover that they're able to do it and become empowered by their own success. Not only do the young people perform better but they have a desire to perform better. Young people have 'found' themselves, identified how they can be successful and recognised for such, which has then had a positive impact on their attitude, behaviour and academic success. Helping young people to find that desire and to further their creative potential, has always been paramount in Tom's work.