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 Operations Director includes responsibility for finance and HR and acting as joint Chief Executive with Victoria and Barrie.
Outside work Graham is treasurer at Stroud District Foodbank, a member of Stroud Christian Fellowship and occasional musical director for shows at the Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud.
DIRECTOR OF SERVICE DELIVERY
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 to become Director of Service Delivery. 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.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT / iLLUMINATE DIRECTOR
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 overseeing the old Hope Training department and before a restructuring in 2016 held the role of CEO.
Barrie knows The Door inside out and in his current role of Business Development Director travels the district sharing the work of The Door with local organisations and groups as well as building The Door’s corporate funding portfolio. He is also Director of the illuminateStroud project pilot.
Away from The Door, Barrie is a director of PSALMS and Chair of Trustees for Street Pastors Stroud. He also enjoys spending time with his dog Maya, gaming and eating great food, especially cheese!
FAMILY SUPPORT TEAM LEADER
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. 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 Mum to two grown-ups (how did that happen) and finds joy by cycling, reading and being creative and crafty. She is always up for learning new things and wholeheartedly believes, in a world where you can be anything, be kind.
FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER
Before she came to the door Sandra was an English and drama teacher in a secondary school, she left to train as a councillor so joined The Door as a volunteer support worker in 2013. Following the expansion of The Door’s family support services Sandra became The Door’s Family Support Worker in 2015. As an accredited Triple P Positive Parenting Programme Facilitator Sandra runs The Door’s parenting for teens courses as well as meeting with parents 1:1 and supporting whole families with Family Face Time.
When she isn’t supporting families at The Door Sandra likes to travel places like India, America and New Zealand. She also loves to walk her dogs, relax to some music or watch films.
YOUTH EMOTIONAL SUPPORT TEAM LEADER
After a long career in the banking sector Alistair looked for a change of scene and joined The Door team as a horticulture tutor in 2014. Following the closure of The Door’s training department in 2015 and a short stint as Assistant Manager in The Door Shop Alistair began his current role as Youth Mentoring Team Leader in 2016. In this role he oversees a team of over 50 volunteer mentors as they support young people to tackle issues from bullying and bereavement to anxiety and depression.
Away from The Door Alistair can be found treading the boards at The Cotswold Playhouse, tending his garden or enjoying a ‘proper breakfast’.
MENTORING GATEWAY SUPPORT WORKER
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 Support Worker. 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.
CONTRACTS MENTOR (DOOR TO THE FUTURE)
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. In her role Debbie spends 2 days a week in local secondary schools, meeting and supporting young people in their place of learning.
Debbie also coordinates The Door’s Care Leaver support programme (Door To The Future) supporting young people as they leave care and start to live independently.
When she isn’t working for The Door Debbie also works for Dursley out of school club and enjoys walking her dog and cuddling her chickens.
DOOR TO THE FUTURE SUPPORT MENTOR
Hannah started at The Door as a volunteer mentor in 2018 and joined the staff team in 2020. Hannah is 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. 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.
COMMUNITY YOUTHWORK COORDINATOR (STROUD AREA)
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.
COMMUNITY YOUTHWORK COORDINATOR (DURSLEY AREA)
Kathleen started at The Door as a Sessional Youthworker in 2016 and has since taken on the role of Community Youthwork Coordinator for the Dursley area. Kathleen oversees The Door’s youth clubs in Dursley, Cam, Wotton and North Nibley as well as playing a key role in supporting young people in those areas through her work with the local police and other community stakeholders.
When she’s not at The Door Kathleen is a member of Dursley Rugby Team and is a children’s worker at 3C Community Church doing open the book work.
COMMUNITY YOUTHWORKER (STROUD)
Leah came to The Door as a young person for a number of years and was inspired to become a youthworker. She began volunteering at The Door as a student youthworker and in 2018 Leah joined the team as a Sessional Youthworker. She completed her Level 2 award and Level 3 Certificate in Youthwork through CYM and is currently continuing her studies towards a level 3 diploma at St John's College in Nottingham.
Between her studying and working at The Door Leah enjoys practising her photography and watching films.
COMMUNITY YOUTHWORKER (WOTTON)
Originally from South Africa, Sam joined The Door team in 2019 as a Sessional Youthworker, supporting the Community Youthworkers to deliver sessions and offer support for young people. In 2020 Sam took over as Community Youthworker in Dursley and heads up delivery in Wotton. Away from The Door Sam is a volunteer for British Red Cross - Emergency Responder, belongs to One Church, Gloucester, involved in mission work, is studying in her spare time and is exploring the UK with her family.
George joined the team in 2019.
SERVICE DELIVERY TEAM ADMINISTRATOR
Bev came to The Door as a young person for a number of years before becoming a youthwork volunteer in our Stroud centre. She started as a Business Administration apprentice in 2017 and supports the Administrator with the day to day running of The Door. If you give us a call it will probably be Bev that answers! She became The Door's Service Delivery Administrator in 2018 and began working in our Avening youth centre May 2018.
When she’s not working in the office or working in the youth centre Bev is mostly likely out enjoying a meal with friends (she loves food!)
Lynn joined The Door's fundraising team in 2019. She has a background in science but also founded a charity 'The Water Lily Project' in Christchurch before moving to Gloucestershire in 2018. As Fundraiser she is responsible for all our trust applications and for supporting all our amazing individual donors. Away from The Door Lynn can be found being 'taxi' for her two daughters, eating amazing food and attends Stroud Christian Fellowship.
OPERATIONS AND EVENTS COORDINATOR
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.
THE DOOR SHOP MANAGER
Anne has been manager of The Door shop since 2012, and along with her Assistant Manager 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 DEPUTY MANAGER
Linda joined The Door team in 2018 as an assistant in The Door's charity shop.
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!
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.