La Toyah McAllister-Jones


La Toyah is an Associate for Citizen Engagement and worked at Collaborate until February this year. She was a 2013 Clore Social Fellow and worked for Movement for Change, a community organising agency founded by David Miliband with its roots in the Labour movement. She has over 15 years of experience in the social justice field, with extensive experience working with vulnerable and complex needs groups for St Mungo’s Broadway.

She has also worked in the youth criminal justice system, developing a restorative justice programme across a range of services for young people living in Brighton and Hove, working closely with Sussex Police and the Youth Offending Team. This model developed in Brighton from this work became the foundation of the Community Resolution disposal now used by across the Sussex Police Force.

“It was hugely exciting to be part of the project team that worked on the Unusual Suspects festival. For me, the most exciting element of the festival was working with the ‘Unusual Suspects’; organisations working in innovative, unusual ways to connect and collaborate; organisations that would not normally have ‘a seat at the table’. This sounds easy but we know that this is a way of working that is a challenge to create and sustain.

I feel that the festival provided a great opportunity to explore what happens when the ‘usual’ and ‘unusual’ suspects come together and to make a commitment to working together in the future.”

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