INTRODUCING THE DOOR STAFF TEAM

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Victoria joined The Door team as Family Support Team Leader in 2011 and since then has followed her passion for supporting young people and families taking on the role of Director of Service Delivery and in 2021 becoming CEO. In this role she oversees everything from youth clubs and youth mentoring to parent support and family work. She is excited to bring her own style of leadership to every part of our delivery focusing the team on being servant hearted and supporting people to the very best of our ability

As well as working at The Door Victoria is a Reader in The Church of England, a street pastor and in her spare time enjoys running, knitting & crocheting and walking her dog Berry.

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Graham has been connected with The Door since the very beginning in 1991 and can even claim that the founding meeting was held in his house. He was a trustee and treasurer for 10 years when it was a smaller operation, and has been employed by The Door since 2015.  His current role as Chief Operating Officer includes responsibility for finance and HR.

Outside work Graham is the treasurer of Stroud District Foodbank, attends All Saints Church in Bisley, and is a regular musical director for shows at the Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud.

INCOME GENERATION AND MARKETING DIRECTOR

Following decades of senior management roles in both the commercial and charity sectors, David joined The Door team in 2021. In his role of Income Generation and Marketing Director, he oversees fundraising including The Door Shop as well as everything PR. David first became involved with young people when he was appointed as a school governor in 2005 and since then, inspired by the experiences of his wife (a teacher) David trained as a language teacher, taking up teaching himself, which has been a passion since 2015, he has taught in several secondary schools in the area.

Away from The Door David attends his local Church and in 2019 David and his son went to the Holy Land on a pilgrimage, an experience which profoundly lifted their faith.

YOUTHWORK DIRECTOR / iLLUMINATE COORDINATOR

Barrie started at The Door as Deputy Project Coordinator in 2009 and since then has worked in all areas of the charity from ‘front line’ youthwork to writing fundraising bids. Barrie knows The Door inside out and currently holds the roles of Director of Youthwork and illuminate Coordinator

Barrie brings over 20 years of experience in youthwork to provide strategic advice and support to the Senior Management Team and youthwork delivery staff. He also works with local churches to deliver illuminate; a project which aims to empower, equip and inspire Christian young people to be culture changers in their schools and communities.

Away from The Door, Barrie is Senior Youth Connector for the Diocese of Gloucester. He also enjoys spending time with his family and dog, film, gaming and eating great food, especially cheese!

INTENSIVE SUPPORT MANAGER

Shona first joined The Door as a volunteer youth mentor, supporting young people one to one on a weekly basis. Following the expansion of The Door’s Family Support Service in 2018 Shona joined the team part time as Family Support Team Leader and in 2021 became our Intensive Support Team Manager. In this role Shona looks after The Door’s team of volunteer support workers as well as supporting parents 1:1 and hosting our Parent Connections support group.

When she isn’t at The Door Shona is a Mum of two and finds joy by cycling, reading and spending time with family. She is always up for learning new things and wholeheartedly believes, in a world where you can be anything, be kind.

INTENSIVE SUPPORT TEAM LEADER

Debbie joined The Door team in 2016 as a volunteer mentor and very soon took on the paid role of Schools Mentor in March of 2017. Soon after we were delighted to receive funding to set up support for Care Leavers (Door To The Future) providing mentors to support young people who have had experience of the care system, either as they leave care and start to live independently or as extra support up to the age of 25. In 2022 Debbie became Intensive support team leader and oversees all our mentoring provision for young people.

When she isn’t working for The Door Debbie also works for Dursley out of school club. She and her husband have three grown up daughters and a granddaughter. She enjoys walking her dog, and gardening with the help of her rescue hens.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER 

Before working for The Door, Sandra was a Secondary School Teacher of English and Drama. Increasingly involved in the mental and emotional welfare of the students, Sandra trained as a Person-Centred Counsellor, developing a special interest in children and young people. She joined The Door as a voluntary support worker in 2013 and following the expansion of The Door's family support services, she became our Family Support Worker in 2015, developing and delivering the Family Face Time project and, as an accredited Triple P Facilitator, our parenting teens course. Sandra is committed to nurturing personal growth in others, supporting them on a journey of transformation as they work to receive the gifts of life, both well and poorly wrapped.

When she isn't at The Door, Sandra enjoys spending time with family and friends, her dog and 2 cats. She is a walker, cyclist, a bit of a foodie and loves to travel. Literature and Theatre are her all-time passions.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE MENTORING PROGRAMME: PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

Jill joined The Door team in 2021.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE MENTORING PROGRAMME: PROGRAMME MANAGER

Elisha joined The Door team in November 2021 as the Programme Manager for the Gloucestershire Mentoring Programme. Bringing with her a wealth of experience working with and supporting volunteers after almost ten years of working with charities in Gloucestershire. She recently worked in supporting vulnerable people who experience addiction through mentoring and is excited to be taking this experience into her work at The Door.

Away from The Door Elisha enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and enjoying good food and exploring the wilderness in Scotland.

MENTORING GATEWAY COORDINATOR

Mike first came to The Door as a mentee looking for support. Once he was back on his feet he wanted to give something back and Mike started as a volunteer mentor in 2016. Before joining The Door team Mike studied Health and Social Care, worked as a freelance makeup artist and worked for Samaritans. In 2019 Mike took on the leadership of a volunteer-led pilot for the 'Mentoring Gateway' phone support line. After the pilot Mike joined The Door team 'proper' in 2020 as Mentoring Gateway Coordinator. His job is to call young people that need low level support or that are waiting for a face to face mentor to get to know them and provide support over the phone. 

Away from The Door you can usually find him studying for a Psychology and Counselling Degree, playing around with make up, dying his hair (again!) or playing with his cats Oscar and Bam.

MENTORING GATEWAY SUPPORT ASSISTANT

Maya joined The Door team in 2022. Maya started by training as a Volunteer Mentor then got a job at The Door as a Gateway Mentoring Support Assistant.
Maya speaks French and English. She has a dog and a cat and loves walks in nature, art and music.

MENTORING GATEWAY SUPPORT ASSISTANT / SESSIONAL YOUTHWORKER

Gina joined The Door in 2022 as a Sessional Youthworker. She is from Kenya and speaks both Swahili and English. After many years working in the airline industry both in the UAE and UK, Gina decided that she would like to be more grounded and give back to her community by using her diversity and wealth of experience of years travelling the world in the hopes of inspiring and encouraging young people to aim for the skies, and that's how she found the Door.

Later that year Gina also joined the Intensive Support Team as a Mentoring Gateway Support Assistant.

Gina brings with her stories about her culture and people in Kenya and her adventures and travels all over the world as a former flight attendant too with the hope of starting up fascinating conversations with everyone she meets.

Away from The Door, Gina enjoys hiking with her husband, gardening, and has an ever growing collection of houseplants which she's constantly tending to. She also enjoys being creative through weaving, an art form taught to her at a young age called Macramè. With this skill she has made beautiful artifacts for her family home here and for friends abroad and she hopes to share her skills in her sessions in the future as well as teach a bit of her native language, Swahili. She is also studying with the aim to be a qualified counsellor and therapist for young people in the future.''

MENTORING GATEWAY SUPPORT ASSISTANT

Katie joined The Door team in 2022.

MENTORING GATEWAY SUPPORT ASSISTANT / SESSIONAL YOUTHWORKER

Kai started at The Door as a volunteer mentor before joining The Door team as a Sessional Youthworker in 2021.

In 2022 Kai also joined the Intensive Support Team as a Mentoring Gateway Support Assistant, providing telephone mentoring support for young people.

Away from The Door Kai is studying Drama and Acting at UWE in Bristol and hopes to be a TV actor some day.

YOUTHWORK MANAGER

Having caught the vision of The Door Chris join the team in 2021 as Finance and  HR Assistant. Not long after he started the role of Youthwork Manager was introduced.  Much more fitting for Chris' experience and expertise.

In this role Chris manages the youthwork branch of The Door: Empowering the youthwork team, ensuring quality of delivery and exploring exciting new areas of development. Chris brings over a decade of experience working with young people in church, schools and community contexts and is full of optimism to bring all that he has in serving the young people and our fantastic team.

Away from The Door, Chris is a proud Ireland rugby & Liverpool football fan and although he does not possess any great skill in either of those sports, he particularly enjoys hiking, bodyboarding, weightlifting and tennis. He is also a campervanning enthusiast and would likely talk one's ear off about this given half the chance. Chris and his wife Heather have 2 children, who have recently adopted some Guinea Pigs.  Together they belong to Thornbury Baptist Church and are passionate about supporting people in their local community and exploring faith. Chris is always willing to pray for anyone who would like it.

COMMUNITY YOUTHWORKER

Noah joined The Door team in November 2020 as a Sessional Youthworker in the Cam and Dursley Team before stepping up to become Community Youthworker  2021. Noah looks after youthwork in the Dursley area in centres and the community.

Away from The Door Noah enjoys both watching and playing basketball as well as getting creative with photoshop.

COMMUNITY YOUTHWORKER

Alfie joined The Door team in 2021 as a Sessional Youthworker, having originally applied to be a volunteer.  By 2022 Alfie had been promoted to Community Youthworker in Wotton. Alfie has a passion for helping young people. She says
"My mind is a sponge for knowledge, interaction and inspiration."
When she's not at the door Alfie can be found pampering her dogs, doing anything creative from reading to listening to podcasts, and always looking for the next opportunity to learn something new.

COMMUNITY YOUTHWORKER

Isak joined The Door team as a Sessional Youthworker in 2018 and stepped up into the role of  Community Youthwork Coordinator for the Stroud area in 2019. Isak is responsible for all our Youthwork activities in and around Stroud Town, Stonehouse and Avening.

Before working for The Door Isak completed  placement with Student Ministries in Oxford working with both the universities and a number of churches.

Away from The Door Isak is a big sports fan, supporting both the Swedish and British National teams as well as local FGR. Isak is also a member of the Cotswold Players.

 

 

PIONEER COMMUNITY YOUTHWORKER

Before working for The Door Willow was a leader at a local guides group. She joined The Door team in 2019 as a Sessional Youthworker, as part of the Stroud area team working in Stroud, Stonehouse and Avening as well as in Archway School. Following our 2021 restructure Willow became Pioneer Community Youthworker and is responsible for helping develop The Door's youthwork provision in new ways and in new areas. She loves to come up with new and interesting things to do in sessions and is willing to try anything! Willow is especially creative and is usually responsible for any arts and crafts taking place in sessions. 
Away from The Door she can be found managing a local shop, swimming or dying her hair a crazy colour. Willow is also a volunteer mentor at The Door.

SESSIONAL YOUTHWORKER

Courtney started at The Door as a volunteer on placement with the Dursley Youthwork Team while studying Health and Social Care. In 2019 once she had completed the 2 year course she was delighted to be offered the role of Sessional Youthworker in the Stroud Team and has been working there ever since. Her role is to support the other youthworkers and young people in sessions to keep things running smoothly and offer a listening ear to those in need.

Away from The Door Courtney likes to game on the xbox and spends her spare time playing games. Courtney also likes to spend time with her friends and family. Courtney also loves to dye her hair different colours.

SESSIONAL YOUTHWORKER

Tracy joined The Door team in 2020 as a Sessional Youthworker in the Cam and Dursley Team. Her role is to support the lead youthworkers in sessions and to help them run smoothly. With over 20 years experience of working with young people Tracy is also a qualified therapeutic Counsellor and worked in this capacity in a Secondary School for eight years.

Away from The Door Tracy is the youth leader for Kingswood Congregational Church, Mummy to Emily & Samuel. and
if she ever has some free time, loves to bake, enjoys musical theatre and catching up with friends.

SESSIONAL YOUTHWORKER

Joe joined The Door team in 2021

SESSIONAL YOUTHWORKER

Jordan joined The Door team in 2021

SESSIONAL YOUTHWORKER

Francesca joined The Door Team in 2021

SESSIONAL YOUTHWORKER

Morgana Joined The Door Team in 2022

SESSIONAL YOUTHWORKER

Tim Joined The Door Team in 2022

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Anne started at The Door as a volunteer in The Door shop, since then she has completed a business administration apprenticeship in partnership with Stroud College and joined the team full time as Operations and Events Coordinator in 2014. As well as managing the day-to-day comings and goings of The Door’s Stroud office, Anne organises The Door’s fundraising events and activities including street collections and concerts. She is also on hand to provide support for anyone raising money for The Door.

When she isn’t at The Door, Anne is secretary of both Churches Together in Stroud and Stroud Methodist Church, is a Director of Ignition Gloucestershire and can always be found at the Fairford Air Show every July.

INTENSIVE SUPPORT ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR (MATERNITY COVER)

Sara joined The Door team in 2022

Hannah Mentor for Care Leavers aged 16-25 Stroud Cheltenham Gloucester

INTENSIVE SUPPORT ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR (MATERNITY LEAVE)

Hannah started at The Door as a volunteer mentor in 2018 and joined the staff team in 2020. Hannah became part of the Door To The Future team who specialise in supporting young people from 16-25 as they prepare to leave the care system and begin to live more independently. Then in 2022 Hannah changed track to become our Intensive Support Administration Coordinator - supporting the whole Intensive Support Team with their admin needs.

As well as working at The Door Hannah is a youthworker, has worked as a teaching assistant  and teacher (including 3 years in Colombia) and originally studied Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies at University in London.

Outside of work Hannah is studying herbal medicine and is a holistic massage therapist. She also loves plants and has an allotment full of vegetables and herbs that she looks after with her husband.

HR AND FINANCE ASSISTANT

Stacey joined The Door team in 2022 as HR and Finance assistant. She enjoys working with numbers and is excited to be working for an organisation motivated by Christian values.

Away from The Door Stacey loves being outside and going on adventure with her 2 boys, attends Thornbury Baptist church and plays netball in the Avon league.

CLEANER / DATA ADMINISTRATOR

Peter had just been made unemployed when he was offered his job at The Door. Although he is not directly involved in any of the youthwork he has gained an appreciation for the work that's done by The Door. He also enjoys walking around the beautiful valleys and communicating via Amateur Radio.

THE DOOR SHOP MANAGER

Anne has been manager of The Door shop since 2012, and with the support of her team of shop assistants, takes on the task of running The Door’s charity shop in Stroud. As well as sorting donations and serving customers Anne looks after our wonderful team of shop volunteers.

Away from The Door Anne enjoys being creative which includes refurbishing her vintage dolls house and can often be found holidaying with her family in their caravan (even in the snow!)

THE DOOR SHOP ASSISTANT

Cathie started as a volunteer in The Door Shop in 2018 before stepping into a paid role in 2021. She especially enjoys helping dress the windows and creating displays.

Away from The Door Cathie looks after 2 allotments, loves upcycling furniture and spends as much time as possible with her grandson.

THE DOOR SHOP ASSISTANT

Owen started at The Door as a volunteer in The Door Shop in 2016. He volunteered in between completing an assisted internship at AquaJardin and his College Studies. He passed his Preparation for Work and Life course in early 2018 and joined The Door Shop team as a Shop Assistant later that year. In his spare time Owen continues to volunteer in The Door Shop and enjoys model making - he has a collection of over 20 character models!

THE DOOR SHOP ASSISTANT

Kerry started as a volunteer in The Door Shop in 2017. 5 Years later she was delighted to join the staff team covering a day a week. She also continues to volunteer when she isn't working and is training to join The Door's mentoring team.

Away from The Door Kerry is kept on her toes by her 3 boys and enjoys reading (if she ever gets a chance to sit down!)