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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
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.
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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
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.