Who We Are
Founder | Artistic Managing Director
Adie Dove the BBC Unsung Hero Southwest winner has been on a mission to challenge the arts culture and pursue equality whilst discovering the true value of the arts and positive impacts it can have on young people.
As a professionally trained dancer, Adie has grown her portfolio to include choreography, film production and directing. Working with her childhood community in Cornwall she has become a voice for working class people and artists locally and nationally including BBC bite size, BBC Radio 4 and with regular appearances on BBC radio shows across Cornwall and Devon.
At 26 years old Adie has not been a stranger to TV Film and Live Broadcasts from appearances in music videos, TV productions and live chat shows. Including Channel 5, ITV, Warner Brother BBC and international Women's Day LIVE ‘we achieve more when we choose to Challenge CMI. Adie has worked internationally as an artist both in TV and stage, her choreography has taken her across the UK and abroad on many occasions as well as working with UK'S top leading artists and musicians.
Adie Founded KBSK at just fifteen. The organisation is now reaching in the hundreds of young people with the missions to make the arts accessible to every child. Adie uses the arts to support young people to redirect their lives from crime, cycles of abuse and trauma. Adie believes the power of the arts goes far beyond what the eye can see.
“I hope to inspire, to be inspired and to continues to challenge and make change along the way” – Adie Dove
Safeguarding Lead / Project Manager
I have worked in supporting people for 17 years. I started working for the Women’s Rape and sexual abuse centre working with women that have experience domestic and sexual abuse.
Working with women with many complex mental health issues.
I then went on to work with Home Group in a mother and baby unit supporting women and babies in need of support working closely with the courts and child protection.
During my time with Home Group I worked in many different units over the 15 years of working including working in an intense mental health unit, drug and alcohol unit and young person’s service. Working with people with many complex mental health and physical needs. My training has extended to housing law, child protection, paediatric first aid, benefits advice, DASH (domestic abuse tool), Core parenting (tool used by social care).
For the last five years I have supported KBSK in its mission to provide the arts to all. I have supported Adie to ensure the safety and well being to both the families and children and volunteers. I have been a regular volunteer at all classes and performances. I have developed the community safeguarding training that we deliver to all of our volunteers and staff ensuring that we deliver a consistent support to all who need it.
Dance Teacher / Youth Mentor
Hi my name is Chloe, I am 28 years old and I have been living in Bodmin for just under 2 years. I absolutely love music and dance, I have been performing since I was 3 years old and have extensive knowledge in varied dance styles from Ballet to Hip hop and Ballroom to Afro swing.
I am a musical theatre graduate from Brighton University with an emphasis on traditional dance technique and vocal coaching for performance.
I have worked in the industry dancing, singing and acting with top UK Artists such as Stormzy and Lady Leshurr.
Fundraising Events / Assistant Manager
Sophie first joined KBSK six years ago. Witnessing the amazing work they do and difference they make she knew she had to help.
She started by volunteering, running fundraising events and supporting sessions, her experience of running events in the school community helped with this.
Learning new skills and sharing her own, Sophie quickly became a key member of the team and gained a management position within the organisation.
She now works closely with volunteers and local businesses/projects, bringing the community together.
Overseeing youth sessions it's important to her that everyone is having the best time possible with all the support they need.
She is always on hand for caregivers providing any support needed.
Sophie remains committed to making a positive impact in her community and is always looking for new ways to make a difference.
Dance Teacher | Youth Mentor
My name is Shanice Cook, I am 20 years old and my passion is working in the community.
I started my performing arts journey with KBSK at 10 years old, which has lead me to where I am today. At a young age Adie started my love for dance, helped me in any way possible, and guided me to develop further training at Jason Thomas Performing arts until the early months of last year.
I’ve always had great enjoyment from; helping create choreography, being supportive to people who just sometimes needs a chat, learning different ways of using your body to emphasise dynamics or a story telling, and using dance as a base of further developing friendships/team work.
My passion is the performing arts.
I can not wait for what the future brings, whilst working alongside KBSK.
I have worked in housing and supporting the homeless for the last 20 years during this time I have worked with many people with complex mental needs, drug and alcohol and physical health needs. I have extensive knowledge around housing law, the benefits system.
I am mental health first aider and have completed my suicide awareness training most recently. I provide this support to both the people I work with, my colleagues and also the families that we work with at KBSK.
I have worked for a drug and alcohol service where I provided intense support to drug users to enable to comply with courts. I have also worked for a young father organisation where is support young fathers to maintain positive contact with their families.
During the past five years I have been the treasurer / director of KBSK and supported Adie on her mission to providing the arts to all. I have supported KBSK mission by providing support through my directorate role and been able to advise and guide where needed.
working in consumer insight, across a range of companies across the hospitality, care, legal and retail sectors. Trevor also works as an external business consultant with community groups and charities to support with grant funding applications and business support services.
Business / Funding Advisor
Trevors career has been primarily based in education both with secondary and HE. He has experience within the state and independent sectors of the education system, having held several senior positions within schools and colleges across the UK. In Trevor’s early part of his career he worked for major FMCG organisations, working in projects developing innovation and efficiency within the technical engineering departments.
Paul has a keen interest in wellbeing and seeing people reach their potential. He has worked in primary care in Cornwall for over 40 years firstly as a nurse practitioner and latterly as strategic lead practice nurse, in workforce and educational development.
He was also a local authority school governor at Berrycoombe school for many years.
Paul is currently an Elder and safeguarding lead for Gateway Church. He was Chairperson and trustee at Bethel Ministries that ran R&R in Liskeard from 2009-2020they provided recycled household necessities for those needing support, working with social services the charity would furnish and fit out a whole house or flat.
After seeing a display by KBSK in 2018 Paul was impressed not only with the young people’s performances and interactions as a group, but the leadership skills of Adie Dove, seeing that Adie had great potential in motivating and challenging the young people she was working with. Paul has been involved with KBSK ever since, volunteering at practice nights and performances and over the last 2 years becoming one of the directors. It has been a great privilege to see the young people grow in confidence, engage and work hard to develop their performing skills, topped off this year by three of our academy dancers being awarded dance scholarships at national dance schools.
Sarah Jeffrey, MA, MBACP (accred)
Sarah has lived in Cornwall since 2013. She is an accredited therapist and works in the areas of anxiety, depression, addictions, and trauma and has worked for organisations such as the police service, Surrey county council and her own private practice. She is also one of the safeguarding coordinators for her local church.
Sarah became involved with KBSK about 4 years ago after watching Adie and the young people perform on the Bodmin Foley. Realising that young people in the town needed not only something to do, but a positive role model to follow she became a supporter of KBSK, and she and her husband Paul wanted to support in any way they could. During Covid, when the young people were unable to fully participate, Sarah created the Confidence Academy, an eight week online, confidence building workshop which young people could be involved with. As one of the directors on the KBSK board, Sarah has seen young people’s confidence grow and blossom, not only through dance, but learning about values and skills that will last for a lifetime.
With a background in project management, communications, audience development, marketing and events and experience in the arts, heritage and cultural sectors, Hannah Irwin is Strategic Projects Manager in The Bridge at the University of Plymouth, a team which drives Knowledge Exchange, Impact and Placemaking initiatives for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business. Current projects include Engaging Students in Knowledge Exchange, a £0.5 million Office for Students and Research England-funded project, and iMayflower, a £5.9 million project supported by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who fund the Cultural Development Fund which is administered by Arts Council England.
Having moved to Bodmin to raise her family six years ago Hannah was keen to engage with the community in her adopted home town. Following involvement in a number of community events and projects, Hannah took on the role of volunteer chair of the community and heritage festival Bodmin Riding. Having seen the incredible work being delivered by KBSK in the community, and inspired by the passion and dedication of founder Adie Dove, Hannah was delighted to be invited to join the board of KBSK to support the direction and ongoing success of the transformational provision the CIC provides.