Stroud Team

Annie H-C – Community Youthwork Coordinator (Stroud Area)

Annie was brought up in church but did wander off for a while to see what the big wide world had in store for her. In that time she became a mummy to four beautiful children. Life became a little more difficult then but in 2008 she came back into church and found an awesome church that nurtured, loved and supported her. She worked with the children and young people helping in the children’s church, youth club and helping with the dance troop. Annie loves singing and dancing and joined the Gospel choir at church, so you will probably hear her singing, humming or banging a beat somewhere around.

In 2010 Annie studied Youth work at University and in that time she worked at The Rock in Cheltenham and YG in Gloucester. Annie says: “I love being a youth worker and am passionate about helping the young people of Stroud in fulfilling the best in their lives.”

Laura P – Sessional Youthworker

Laura is originally from Hungary and came to England 3.5 years ago when she finished university there. While looking to do some volunteering preferably with animals, she discovered The Door from my host family. Laura started as a volunteer mentor "my first mentee was really inspiring. She achieved all the goals we set and it was a real blessing to be there by her side and to see her reaching her goals. After a few months volunteering I felt I wanted to be involved with youthwork as well, so started volunteering in the Drop-in." In July 2016 Laura joined the youthwork team as a sessional youthworker. "I am so grateful for this role and it is a huge privilege to be a part of the amazing Door family and bring a positive change into young people’s lives. I truly believe I finally found my role I have been called for and I am so excited about my future with The Door."

Hara D – Sessional Youthworker

Hara started at The Door as a volunteer in the Stroud Drop-in. Since then she has taken on the role of Sessional Youthworker in Stroud and has started studying youthwork at the University of Gloucestershire.

Barrie V – Sessional Youthworker

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Dursley Team

James H – Community Youthwork Coordinator Dursley Area / Youthwork Development Manager

James Honey has been at The Door since 2011. He is a passionate, Relational Youthworker who seeks to accompany young people on their personal journeys, helping them to help themselves. James has a vast experience of both Christian and secular youthwork across a variety of settings including detached, centre based, schools and Christian youth ministry. During his time studying for a degree in youth and community work with applied theology at CYM in Bristol he worked for Gloucester Youth for Christ and Gorsley Baptist Chapel. James is a man of many skills and was formerly an electrician for four years, before changing his career path an embrace the youthwork profession. James has recently married his “queenbee” Stella, is a passionate follower of Nottingham Forest, enjoys watching and getting involved with boxing fitness, seeing friends, travelling, reading and is involved with local church life. James is the Community Youthwork Coordinator for the Dursley area which includes The Vibe, Cam Youth and Community Centre, North Nibley Chapel and Wotton Youth Centre. He is also the Youthwork Development Manager at The Door.

Emma I – Sessional Youth Worker

Emma lives and works in Dursley. She has been a youth worker for Dursley Tab URC for 5 years and joined The Door in 2014 delivering sessions out of ‘The Vibe’ in Dursley, as well as detached sessions around the town. She divides her working week up between The Door and The Tab; baking, managing and staffing a community cafe at the Tab, as well as running a design business and a busy family.  She also enjoys playing bass for local theatrical productions and classical concerts, as well as gigging with local band ‘Bluestone’.  Sunday mornings are spent playing in the worship band in church. Life as a part-time youth worker is challenging when there is so much to be done; Emma loves to work alongside young people, sharing skills, support and encouragement to help young people to see andreach their potential.

Kathleen H – Sessional Youth Worker

Hi I’m Kathleen one of the new sessional youthworkers for the Door in Cam and Dursley. I currently live in the town of Wotton-Under-Edge where I have previously worked as a Youthworker for South Gloucestershire Council. I haven’t worked with young people for a few years so I was thrilled to hear of an opportunity to be working with young people again. I have always had a passion for working with young people and my aim is to build relationships with the young people that use The Door’s centres so that I can help them grow as individuals and to encourage them. “I’m really excited about this opportunity and looking forward to my future with the Door .” Fun fact: Kathleen once entered The Door’s undiscovered youth contest and came third!

Francesca E- Sessional Youth Worker

Hello, I’m Francesca and I’m 23. After I left school I worked as a beauty therapist and make-up artist but I felt there was something missing and decided I needed a career change. I have always been interested in working with young people and through my own experience as a young person growing up in Dursley I felt I had a great understanding of the challenges that they may be facing and that I could do a lot to help. Last September I started volunteering with Connectat which is a group for young people on the autistic spectrum. I have absolutely loved my time with the group and I continue to volunteer every Thursday. Through Connectat I heard about The Door and applied to volunteer which I began in January. After a few weeks the position of part time sessional youthworker in Cam & Dursley came up and I’m ever so grateful to have been offered a role. I hope to be a positive role model for the young people and help them through the challenges they may face. I am over the moon to be part of the team and I’m excited to see where my journey with The Door will take me.