Ali Ronan went to university in the late 60s and got involved in community work – firstly in adventure playgrounds in Stoke and then as a centre-based youth worker in Lancashire, moving onto detached work and running creative/arts/music projects on large estates in Blackburn and Oldham, before becoming training manager for Stockport Youth service and then a lecturer on the YCW Degree course at MMU, ‘retiring’ two years ago..
‘I have always worked on the ‘edge’ of things feeling a particular affinity with young people who feel compromised by the very idea of ‘normal’. Most of the young people I have known felt silenced or ignored and this was the core of all my work, to give people a sense of their own voice. I worked as girls’ worker in Blackburn for 6 years during the heady days of the 80s. I have been involved in LGBT youth work for the last 25 years- I am a founder member of Feminist Webs – now developing the archive of radical/feminist youth and community work. Recently, as an old Greenham Common campaigner, I have become interested in uncovering women’s voices of the past – particularly women involved in the anti-war movements of the early twentieth century.’