Jo is the Learning and Pastoral Support Tutor at Ridley London and ensures that the learning experience of students is as positive as it can be.
With her many years of educating children’s and youth workers in reflective professional and ministerial practice, Jo is excited to be teaching and sharing from her vast experience. Jo is currently working as a children's and youth work practitioner and views this as a positive addition to her role in Ridley in London.
- Professional Career
Jo has experience in youth work spanning 30 years. She has worked as a volunteer in church and Local Authority contexts. Before starting work at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, she worked as a full-time professional youth worker and locality manager in a Local Authority.
Jo worked at Ridley Hall between 2005 and 2015, first as Assistant Centre Director at what was formerly known as CYM (Centre for Youth Ministry) and then as Centre Director from 2010.
Jo now works as Director of MABS in Enfield. MABS is a children, youth and families project based at St Andrew’s Church Enfield. The project works with children and young people across the key contexts of church, schools and community. Jo has been instrumental in the development of the project since 2015.
- Academic Background
Jo’s PHD is from Brunel University. Her thesis focused on the professional identity formation of newly graduated Christian youth workers. Her MA, also from Brunel University, was in Youth and Community Studies. Jo has a BA (Hons) in Youth and Community Work with Applied Theology from Oxford Brookes University. She is also JNC qualified.
- Research Interests
Jo is currently leading a three-year longitudinal study for the London Diocese that is looking at why children tend to leave church whilst making the transition from Primary to Secondary school.
- Personal Background
Jo has three grown up children and lives and works in Enfield with her husband Steve. They have a dog called Jess.
Jo forms half of a modern folk band called ‘After The Event’ along with her husband Steve. She released a single last year under her name, Jo Griffiths, called ‘I Need a Break’ in 2017 which you can find on Apple Music and Spotify.