Double Helix


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    Double Helix Resources (DHR) is a private company, limited by guarantee, set up in
    September 2015, by Brian De Lord, with the intention of providing educational and
    therapeutic consultancy, accredited training and related resources for those working with
    troubled and vulnerable children and their families.
    A network of specialist practitioners and researchers supports the company. They are
    engaged to work on specific initiatives and projects, as the opportunities arise.
    At present the organisation is supporting an alternative education provision school in Ealing,
    London, where the Local Education Authority refers local secondary pupils who have been
    excluded from school. We are also working on developing a new alternative provision
    secondary school in the London Borough of Ealing.
    We deliver accredited mentor training to classroom assistants at Brent River College and are
    intending to initiate a national training centre for practitioners in therapeutic and residential
    settings, in partnership with the Mulberry Bush Organisation and the Caspari Foundation.
    We are also partners on an Erasmus + funded project, Tales & Emotions at Home, focusing
    on the role of the family in supporting the development of bi or multi-lingualism. It is being
    led by Foyer vzw based in Brussels, Belgium.
    We are presently working with the University of Hertfordshire to develop a series of ‘Apps’
    and on-line training experiences to support the development of practitioners, policy makers,
    family members and volunteers supporting vulnerable children and families.
    The individuals that make up the DHR network have all worked as high-level practitioners,
    researchers and policy makers and represent a diverse range of specialisms. These include
    the education and therapeutic support of vulnerable children and families, juvenile
    offending, youth violence, gangs, migrants & refugee communities, fostering and adoption,
    skills and employment, community arts, social capital, identity, curriculum development and
    service delivery.

    The founder (Brian de Lord) is a former Head-Teacher, youth worker, psychotherapist,
    lecturer and CEO. He has extensive experience of providing integrated services for the most

    excluded groups and training for those supporting them.
    Having qualified as an English & Drama teacher, he quickly established a strong interest in
    pupils unable to engage in their education. There followed a lengthy period of running on-
    site behaviour units in secondary schools, followed by an exploration of the possibilities of
    informal and community education as a Senior Youth worker. He then founded and was
    Head-teacher and CEO of the Pupil Parent Partnership, a service for excluded and vulnerable
    young people, for 20 years. During this time he also developed and delivered a Post-
    Graduate Certificate course in Counselling & Guidance Skills for Brunel University, as well as
    an MA in Social Inclusion for Manchester Metropolitan University. This was followed by the
    creation of a new charity, Europeace Youth, which also delivered alternative education
    services to students referred by local authorities, but also led and participated in a range of
    European Commission funded projects focusing on vulnerable young people. He also has 15
    years’ experience of developing and delivering a range of EU funded projects.


    Short Biographies on:
    Bob is a highly experienced researcher and evaluator specialising in the evaluation of
    publicly funded projects and programmes; particularly those funded through the EU. Over
    the past 20 years he has successfully delivered over 40 projects in association with a range
    of research and evaluation consultancies including Wavehill Ltd, York Consulting, Research
    as Evidence, CERI (Kingston University), LEPU (South Bank University) and GLE Strategies –
    and most recently, DHR. Over this period he has also been employed as Head of Research
    and Evaluation for a London Learning and Skills Council and Research and Evaluation
    Manager at Creative Skillset (the UK-wide Sector Skills Council for the Creative Industries).
    His specialisms are education, employment, skills, discrimination, diversity, mental health,
    wellbeing, community development and small businesses / SMEs. He has provided
    consultancy services to the Welsh Government and the European Commission, particularly
    in relation to discrimination and diversity in employment. He is currently bringing this range
    of experience together in completing a PhD study exploring issues of loss and mourning
    within organisations.
    He is currently working with DHR and a wider partnership of researchers and practitioners
    exploring issues of language and emotions for migrant families across different EU regions,
    through the EU-funded 'Tales@Home' programme, and has recently completed an
    evaluation of the 'Citizen 20:20' community arts project in west London (as part of the
    national Near Neighbours programme). He is also part of the DHR team who will be partners
    in the EU-funded ‘WHY’ programme, exploring and addressing issues of social oppression
    and young people’s access to democratic processes

    Graham began his career as a skilled gardener and horticulturalist who ran many enterprises
    producing and marketing high quality herbs and vegetables. The sense of ethics forged
    during and underpinning these early enterprises informed his subsequent career.
    He then retrained as a sound engineer working on a number of highly successful recordings
    and with a range of popular artists in the music world.
    He subsequently spent 5 years working for the Pupil Parent Partnership, an independent
    school specialising in the education of highly challenging young people, as a Sound
    Engineering tutor and later as a Therapeutic Group & Family practitioner.
    He then became an integral part of Suffolk Youth Offending Service, for 9 years, as a Case
    Manager, initially for a wide range of youth offending but later, specialising in supporting
    young people who had committed sexual offences.
    Graham then operated as a freelance Youth Offending Consultant & Trainer and an
    associate of Double Helix Resources.
    Sadly, Graham has recently died but DHR are committed to developing his innovative ideas
    around youth offending.
    With 30 years experience in the arts & cultural sector, Rachel has established & built a
    reputation as someone who nurtures positive creative experiences. An enabler, who brings
    people together, joins the creative dots & builds participatory arts opportunities. Grassroots
    experience is matched with academic analysis combined with openness to collaboration &
    partnerships. A significant feature of this approach is the role as a bridge between the
    practitioners and commissioners; linking the local and the global; and being a trusted
    Values, ethics & social justice underpin the work and approach.The content, process &
    product are informed & rooted in good practice. Seeking creative developmental ways of
    working, the focus is on quality & engagement.
    Professional experience in delivering participatory & emancipatory community projects,
    including cross sectoral partnership work. Contribution to social transformation through
    research, publishing and participation.
    A wealth of experience in community research and development. Her portfolio includes
    partnership working, infrastructure development and the facilitation of public/voluntary
    sector interface. She specialises in community engagement & empowerment. Rachel has
    managed and delivered contracts, working with public, voluntary and community sectors,
    including local government.
    Director of ARTification which is based in North Acton and has delivered innovative,
    empowering arts experiences since 2003 having built a reputation as a trusted, community
    rooted cultural organisation. 


    John Sapsford has worked for many years at the University of Hertfordshire in their School
    of Computer Science. He managed SDS, their internal software development and
    consultancy group, for several years, during which time he managed many software
    development projects with the likes of Kodak, Virgin, Ourprice, Budgens. He was also
    Associate Head of School for Commercial Activity.  Additionally he has been concerned with
    student pastoral care within the School and is currently General Academic Manager for the
    School with responsibility for staff performance and welfare. He is also is an experienced
    counselor/psychotherapist in private practice who has worked for various mental health
    agencies in Cambridge and St Albans.

    Why This Organisation



    Through access to the collected experiences and knowledge of DHR associates. Bespoke and accredited training courses are offered in a range of subjects. The accrediting body is the Institute of Leadership & Management.



    Use the DHR Service Delivery Framework to ensure a syatemic and epistemic approach to supporting children & families as well as business and organisational practice.



    Create an organisational culture that encourages exploration and application of innovative & useful concepts, ideas, strategies and tools in a ‘weft and warp’ structure.



    Partner and collaborate with us in local, regional, national and international initiatives focusing on vulnerable children & families.

    Brian De Lord

    Brian De Lord


    Brian De Lord has undertaken a number of diverse roles in the education and social care fields. He has worked in the public and voluntary sectors ranging from practitioner to academic. Having founded Pupil Parent Partnership in 1994 as a response to the Southall riots, Brian led the organisation from one practitioner supporting 15 young people to an Ofsted registered Independent School with 3 sites in West London and 150 pupils.









    Alongside the above, Brian built up an extensive portfolio of research and advocacy projects funded and published by the European Commission, which have led to a more direct focus on transferring these local services throughout Europe. He then founded a charity called Europeace Youth in an attempt to harmonise his previous experiences into an innovative, new delivery structure to support vulnerable children, their families and communities, underpinned by a systemic-based methodology and a practice that interfaces with statutory services in order to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of their interventions. He is now the Managing Director of ‘Double Helix Resources’.

    National Projects


    European Projects

    • Erasmus+ Programme; Tales & Emotions at Home
    • Get There’ mentoring training Project
    • Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation: Improve professional orientation – fitting jobs for all (ImPrO-F 2014)
    • Lifelong Learning Programme, Grundtvig Partnerships Project: Exploring the Legacy of Oppression (2012)
    • Lifelong Learning Programme, Grundtvig Partnerships Project: Creating Spaces of Experience (2012)
    • Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo da Vinci Partnerships Project: Vocational Footprints: Making Vocational Education Sustainable (2012)
    • Daphne III Programme: Mental Health Resources for Young Offenders – European Comparative Analysis and Transfer of Knowledge (2012)
    • Freedom, Security and Justice Programme: European Dimension – The Juvenile Gang (2011)
    • Daphne III Programme: Breaking the Cycle of Violence: A Systemic Response (2010)
    • Education and Culture: Youth in Action Programme: Europeace – A Framework (2007)