About us

The Stork Academy is part of Visit from the Stork CIC, a social enterprise for young parents. We provide the UK’s only publication for parents and parents-to-be under 25.

Front cover of Visit from the Stork Magazine summer 2015
Front cover of Visit from the Stork Magazine summer 2015

The Essential Skills for Journalism course was born in Summer 2015, after we were successful in securing funding from The Big Lottery to run a training scheme for our volunteers. The Essentials Skills for Journalism course is available to anyone nationwide, who would like to learn more about Journalism and media, and be able to start building a portfolio of work to show to employers. Our trainees come to us as the first step on the pathway to a great career. The aim of the course is for our trainees to produce great content in our magazine and on the Visit from the Stork website, which in turn helps our readers, who are young parents aged 16-30. After completing the course, we are able to give ongoing opportunities to contribute to our digital content.

We also offer affordable pay-as-you-go memberships for training sessions to participants who want to brush up on certain skills, become more employable, or learn new things to enable them to succeed in their small business.

The Stork Academy also provides short sessions run inside schools in the North of England and the Midlands, with the aim of giving a taster of our courses and a sneak peek inside the industry.

We are currently looking for Sponsors to help us provide free sessions to those trainees from a disadvantaged background, and become partners with Jobcentre Plus.

The Stork Academy Team

Trainer – Kimberly Bond

Pic by Aaron Buffey
Pic by Aaron Buffey

I am the Managing Director of Visit from the Stork CIC and Editor-in-Chief of the Visit from the Stork website and magazine. I am an NCTJ qualified journalist, and graduated from Staffordshire University with First Class Honours in Journalism in 2013. I have been passionate about writing since I discovered I could make someone cry with poetry at the age of 8. I am a published author (of teenage fiction!), and while working as a freelance journalist have been published in national publications such as the Independent, as well as regional magazines (Staffordshire Living, Staffordshire Life, Herefordshire Life) and local news outlets (StaffsLive, 6 Towns Radio, Mancunian Matters).

I am passionate about great Journalism, and believe digital is the way forward (although I am a die-hard print journo too!) I am now a qualified trainer, and love spreading my knowledge about the written word to others, and seeing them learn and grow. I want to give our trainees the opportunity to feel that the words they are writing are making a difference. I believe our course does that – our trainees get their work published and our readers can access quality content, information and advice at the most crucial stage of their lives – becoming a parent.

I run the Manchester course and am one half of the team running the online course – my partner in all things journalism is Gemma Walsh, who you can read about below! I look forward to meeting you soon 🙂

Trainer – Gemma Walsh 

Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 21.26.31I’m Gemma, the other half of the team, and spend most of my days balancing writing with being a mother and wife. I started writing when I was 6, constructing a story which involved all of my friends having mass sleepovers (and I also believe a pig was involved at some point), all written in blunt pencil. Since then I have tried my hand at every form of writing I can and was forced into university my Kim to get my skills on paper.

I originally became apart of the Stork family as a writer for Visit from the Stork magazine. My favourite subjects are health and sport, and helping to detangle the myths of important issues.

I have a huge book collection, much to my husbands annoyance, and I also blog about my family at We Are Team Walsh. 

I am passionate about teaching people to communicate through writing in all its forms. I love being able to use my writing to pass along knowledge and help readers to be informed. As a brand we love to give people the chance to experiment with this ever changing industry, growing in confidence, and playing with words. We love words, we embrace others that do or we can teach you to love them. Let’s create something together.