Judith - CEO
I have spent over 30 years working in the voluntary sector with disadvantaged young people, 25 years at NACRO working with prisons and resettlement of offenders and the last 8 years with Nightstop.
I am passionate about enabling young people to lead meaningful, independent lives within their community and helping them find somewhere to live is the first stage in that process. For me prevention is key if we are to prevent costly interventions later in a young persons life - with that in mind, mediation work with families and working with schools are key priorities for Nightstop for the next 5 years.
Bee - Business Development Manager
I joined Nightstop in October 2019 as Business Development Manager. I have a background in the public sector and charities, working in the fields of mental health, higher education and most recently, with a capacity-building organisation supporting charities with developing strategy and sustainability. I have been a volunteer with several homelessness charities and am passionate about supporting people who are experiencing homelessness.
Outside work, I am a keen runner, crafter and theatre-goer. I am a passionate cricket fan and was lucky enough to be a volunteer at the 2019 Cricket World Cup final when England lifted the trophy! I am also a dog "mum" and enjoy walking my two dogs in the Worcestershire countryside.
Gill - Business and Finance Support
I started as a volunteer then moved into my current role 2 days per week. I manage the Nightstop financials and support the work on business plan and strategic direction. After 30 years in senior roles within the food industry I wanted a new challenge and to work where I felt I could make a real difference. With such a driven, motivated and passionate team it is great to be able to use my skills to help the day to day management and the future direction of this fantastic service.
Angela - Wellbeing and Education Lead
I joined Wyre Forest Nightstop as Education Officer in August 2015 and set up provision for life skills training. We are now a recognised Open College Network West Midlands organisation (Centre No. 61083). I established our Schools Education Programme delivering homelessness sessions to local secondary schools. Currently I am Wellbeing & Education Lead for Wyre Forest & South Worcestershire Nightstop and, as lead mediator, I oversee the co-ordination of the mediation, counselling and education services. I manage and support staff within these areas, enjoy being creative and welcome the diversity and challenge it offers.
Most of all I enjoy mediating with key beneficiaries and their families witnessing an improvement in their relationships and their increased self-esteem as they gain control of a situation and learn new skills to manage conflict and move forward.
Jackie - Young Person's Mediator
I have recently joined Nightstop after 14 years working as a school counsellor in a local secondary school.
My role involves mediating within our Time2Talk service, working with young people from age 11+ either in tailored individual sessions or jointly with a parent/carer. I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that this new role will give me whilst supporting vulnerable young people and their families.
Laura - Operations Coordinator
I joined Nightstop as Operations Coordinator in August 2020. My background is in youth homelessness and was previously working as Young Persons Pathway Worker for Worcester City Council.
I am extremely passionate about homelessness and helping young people so, as Nightstop Operations Coordinator, I will be able to continue this work.
Having completed a degree in Youth & Community in 2017 I was keen to start my career helping young people. During my degree I volunteered at various organisations including YSS and Worcester Community Trust. At that time I was also employed by the local drug and alcohol service as I also have a strong interest in preventing substance misuse.
I believe my wide range of skills and different experiences with these organisations will be invaluable as Nightstop continues to expand and grow.
In my spare time I like to take long walks with my dog and travel as much as possible. I also enjoy spending time with family and making memories.
Jo - Homelessness Prevention Officer
I joined Nightstop in October 2018 having worked in the sector for around 17 years in roles such as Hostel Worker, Youth Homelessness Coordinator and Housing Officer. My role within the organisation is as Homelessness Prevention Officer as a job share with my colleague Ellie. I am passionate about working with young people and look forward to working with the Nightstop team!
Outside of work I enjoy time with my horses and caring for my young (and extremely exuberant...) family!
Ellie - Homelessness Prevention Officer
I joined Nightstop in November 2018 as Homelessness Prevention Officer. I work part time and job share with Jo. I am taking a leading role in managing the Education Programme for schools and colleges, delivering homelessness awareness sessions across Wyre Forest and South Worcestershire. I am a trained Mediator and my role includes facilitating mediation sessions.
My background is in family support and working with families and young people in a support capacity around housing, education, health and relationships. I am passionate about making a positive difference to the young people within our communities and helping to prevent homelessness.
When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, attending my local sports and running club and I have entered my first Triathlon this summer.
Lisa - Employability and Wellbeing Officer
I began volunteering with Nightstop in 2017 as a small business owner who wanted to ‘do more’ in the community. My background is in Housing and Communities so felt I had an understanding of some of the issues people face when homeless or in need of other support. I knew immediately on joining the Charity that I wanted to be part of their bigger picture for tackling youth homelessness.
My current role as Employability and Well Being Officer means I can support young people in both a learning environment, by helping them to prepare for training or work, and by encouraging them to believe in themselves, understand relationships and make good life choices. My role enables me to see great change and achievement from young people – nothing is more rewarding than seeing their progression and knowledge base improve as well as their self- esteem, confidence and communications skills. I am a trained mediator and am passionate about facilitating communication channels between young people and their families to overcome difficulties that may be affecting their relationship.
In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends, walking and sampling afternoon teas. I am part of a running club and enjoy running too; well ‘enjoy’ might be pushing it but when you love cake as much as I do, then you have to run!
Becky - Administration Coordinator
I joined Nightstop at the beginning of August 2020 as Administration Co-ordinator. It’s a diverse role and I find myself helping out with all sorts of things, from taking minutes to building desks – which I love. Previously, I worked for an IT company in administrative and managerial roles and most recently as Bid Manager. When I left after 25 years, I wanted a change of direction and to work for an organisation where helping others was at its core. I feel extremely privileged to be working for Nightstop and being able support the team in the work they do for young people in the community. Working with such a passionate and committed team and hearing the stories of the young people who’ve turned their lives around is truly inspirational.
Away from Nightstop, I’m a volunteer for a charity that provides emotional support to those who need it. I also enjoy crafting and walking - especially with my Retriever Monty, who refuses to move unless he can say hello to everyone we pass!