Lishan Dyer

 

My name is Lishan, I’m 25 years old and I was born in Croydon University hospital. I went to Rockmount primary school and Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School that are all located in Croydon.

From a very young age I was heavily involved in dance as it was a coping mechanism of some of the traumas I faced as a child, I started off at the age of 5 doing ballet once a week but my passion soon turned into street dancing and ever since then, I've been in my local dance team in Thornton Heath. At the age of 11/12 years old I had the opportunity battle against many dance teams including Diversity.  I also performed at the Fairfield halls in Croydon doing dance battles with my school. When I was 17/18 years old I auditioned for my first mainstream music video by an artist called Fuse ODG, where I got selected to be in his popular song called ‘Azonto’, I had a special part where I was dancing beside the main artist which was super fun to see myself on MTV and I felt honoured to be a part of that epic music video.

I also worked for Capital Xtra as a mentor/ event planner to young adults in 2018. This included listening and giving advice to their issues surrounding being a young adult, and I came to realise that their problems started during their childhood and adolescent stage. I noticed I have a real passion for helping people and it is vital to help them from a young age.  I ended up working closely with the Mayor of Croydon 2019/2020 as a youth ambassador to highlight some of the challenges that young people face. I also worked at a youth zone as a youth worker managing a dance group and I was also a supply teacher at St Josephs secondary school.

Right now I want to mentor and share my talent, knowledge and skills to young people who LNK work with, enabling me to pass on my experience and explain that things will get better with help and support. Through giving them an ‘ear’ and listening to their external/internal problems, I can then offer support and direct them to the relevant resources to help them with their well-being/career.  

My psychology degree has enabled me to practice my knowledge in my job roles to help provide psychological counselling, behavioural strategies and therapeutic services for children and teens. In addition to that I have had further training for safeguarding level 1&2 and c-card. I want to help them find their own coping mechanisms when feeling low as it makes a lot of difference when progressing in life and generally staying on a positive journey.

I want to give the young people the best starting point to blossom by providing the resources to help them and steer them away from the violence. Working with young people is not a walk in the park, however it is definitely very rewarding to have that positive impact on young people’s lives.

If you have any questions or would like to get in contact, please email me on:

Lishan@livesnotknives.org