Darren Richards

Worker Bio


Darren earned a first-class degree in Theology at Sheffield University, where he also volunteered as an Outreach worker in an urban priority area. In his final year, he composed, cast and directed a full-length musical called “The Machine”.

Darren then joined a large youth work charity where he spent 6 years re-imagining the fundraising strategy, overseeing direct mail and social media campaigns, and managing high profile events. He took the number of regular givers to a 7 year high, doubled partner income, increased Major Donor gifts by 35%, and grew unrestricted income from grant-making bodies by 185%.

Darren first joined the Reflex management team as Head of Programmes in 2009. In this role he founded a national partnership with Caring for Ex-offenders and pioneered the myLife programme, surveying over 100 young offenders and writing the pilot sessions.

Darren has over 10 years experience of working and volunteering in the Voluntary Sector delivering youth and music programmes in the UK and Africa, and mentoring ex-offenders and disaffected young people.  As a keen singer-songwriter, Darren recently recorded a studio album to raise funds for charitable projects in the developing world.

Today, in his role as Head of Reflex, Darren’s vision is to place an Outreach worker in every YOI in England and Wales. He is responsible for planting Reflex work in new prisons, negotiating contracts with Governors, recruiting Outreach workers, and supporting existing Reflex teams in 11 prisons across the country.

Darren’s strengths include communication, project management, team leadership, training and developing people, negotiation and forging strategic partnerships, such as Reflex’s new partnership with Prison Fellowship.

Darren is passionate about empowering others to fulfil their potential and thrives when pioneering fresh ideas to solve age-old problems.

A member of Youth For Christ
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