High Quality, Video Life Stories for Children Looked After

About Us 2018-12-12T19:15:16+00:00

About Us

The Walk a Mile team is made up of experienced
social care professionals and trained videographers

This mix of experience means that each life story is filmed sensitively and professionally with the needs and welfare of the young person concerned as our priority.

Our team has spent years working in the social work industry, and brings this experience to our life story work to get the best possible result for children looked after.

Jeremy Jayasuriya
Jeremy JayasuriyaDirector

Jeremy is the Director of Services for a Children’s Home group, A & T Home Limited, and has been instrumental in developing the Children’s Homes and the model of care that is delivered within the Homes. This has been a natural progression from his work in residential care with young adults experiencing learning and physical disabilities, and later as a child protection social worker.

His social work career has involved court work as an independent social worker and led to his desire to work within a children’s home environment, supporting these children to make sense of their early lives. As a result, with his team he founded ‘Walk a Mile’, which is all about helping kids to reconcile their present with their past.

Previously, he spent 25 years in the Transport sector, and has owned and operated deep sea shipping companies. This experience has helped him bring business acumen to his social enterprise work.

Nina has worked with children, young people and families’ services throughout her career in a variety of settings, both custodial and community-based.
She started work in prisons as a trainee teacher and gained her Cert Ed whilst delivering Personal Social Health Education classes to young people in custody, and then parenting courses to adults in prison.

She developed and managed the family services department of a young person’s prison for a charity and later for the prison service. She completed her BA (hons) with the Open University during this time, then took on the role of the county service manager for young people’s drug and alcohol services.

Following this strategic experience, she returned to a more client facing role as a dual registered CQC and Ofsted children’s home and supported living service manager, which was a private sector post for a large organisation. She completed her Level 5 Managing Children’s Services qualification before moving on to a local authority children’s home as the Ofsted registered manager.

Recently, she has managed and developed support work contracts for a private company before becoming self-employed as a social care consultant in 2016.

She is a Director for Walk a Mile with a keen interest in life story work, having used it in professional and personal settings a number of times, therefore recognising the importance to the child or young person.

Nina Livermore
Nina LivermoreDirector of Projects
Keri Symonds
Keri SymondsSocial Work Lead

Keri has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Studies and Sociology and has worked with children and families since 2003 in a variety of roles including youth work, family support, advocacy and children’s rights and participation.

She qualified as a social worker in 2011 and has experience of working in child protection and with children looked after. She has worked for Suffolk Coastal District Council, Suffolk County Council, NSPCC and in therapeutic residential care.

With her warm personality and her person-centred style of working, she is highly skilled at enabling people to work through some difficult memories and sharing their stories in a meaningful way.

She says: “I feel passionate about assisting children and young people in make sense of their past to develop a better understanding and acceptance of themselves.”

Natasha studied film, theatre and performance at college and went on to complete the renowned ‘Raindance’ film course in London.

More recently she has taken part in the national youth theatre ‘acting for film’ course. Her previous work includes providing photography for local charities and events, making short films, life story work with looked after children, photography projects with young people and creating promotional videos.

In addition, Natasha’s passions have seen her both in front and behind the camera being cast as an extra for a well-known feature film.

Her interest in photography and film developed into a passion and she set up ‘Walk A Mile’ with the aim of creating a more powerful media format for life story work.

Natasha Jayasuriya
Natasha JayasuriyaCreative Director and Videographer

What People Say

“We recently presented a digital life story to a young boy who is looked after. He was so delighted that he watched it 15 times in one day and showed it to everyone at his home”