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.

iLLUMINATE COORDINATOR / SERVICE DELIVERY ADVISOR

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 illuminate Coordinator and Service Delivery Advisor. 

As Service Delivery Advisor Barrie brings together over 20 years of youthwork experience to support both the youthwork and intensive support teams. Helping them to be the best they can be, and deliver the best service possible including training and development of the team. Barrie 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 Chair of Trustees for Street Pastors Stroud. He also enjoys spending time with his dog Maya, 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.

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.

INTENSIVE 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 Intensive Support Team Leader in 2016. Alistair now manages the team providing a variety of support for young people. His duties include overseeing a team of over 50 volunteer mentors as they support young people to tackle issues from bullying and bereavement to anxiety and depression and the Mentoring Gateway and Door to The Future support teams.

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 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 WORKER

Racheal started at The Door as a volunteer mentor in 2019, after being told by a friend that The Door was offering exactly the thing she was looking to do.  After her training she decided to join the phone support team - Mentoring Gateway. A year later a paid role was created in the Mentoring Gateway Team and Racheal was the successful applicant! Her job is to have phone conversations with young people who need support in all areas of their life. She's there to listen and to be a safe place for them to express how they are feeling and any issues that they feel they want to talk about.

Away from The Door she is a mum of 2 beautiful girls and in her spare time can be found enjoying yoga, reading, watching films and listening to music.

DOOR TO THE FUTURE COORDINATOR

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. Debbie rose to the challenge and coordinates this work.

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.

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

DOOR TO THE FUTURE SUPPORT WORKER

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 and Wotton as well as playing a key role in supporting young people in those areas through her work with the local police, secondary schools and other community stakeholders. Kathleen also volunteers at The Door as a mentor for young people.

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 (CAM)

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 at college.

Leah can also be found helping run our Stroud charity shop at the weekend.

Between her studying and working at The Door Leah enjoys practising her photography and watching films.

COMMUNITY YOUTHWORKER (WOTTON)

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 for Wotton in 2021. Noah looks after the Wotton Youth Centre as well as working in the local community. Noah is also the leader of our 'young leaders' project.

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

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

Adrian joined The Door in October 2020, after seeing an advert in The Door's window back in the summer. During the first lockdown, Adrian volunteered for GL11 as a Street Warden and made food bank deliveries. He has been working with young people for many years, starting with running a boys football team, as well as acting as a judge for Young Enterprise, and as an Appropriate Adult. More recently, he has acted as a mentor for two young people. 

Away from The Door Adrian is interested in environmental and community issues, loves cycling and dog walking, and is slightly obsessed by finding new podcasts to listen to. 

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

Nat has a passion for young people and first joined The Door team working as a Sessional Youthworker for a year in 2018.  Since then Nat has worked in a number of education settings doing small group-based, or one to one, education with young people who had been permanently excluded from school. Nat rejoined The Door's Youthwork team as a Sessional Youthworker in 2021.
Away from The Door Nat plays football for Wotton Rovers FC, loves music and gaming and is into staying fit!

SESSIONAL YOUTHWORKER

Joe joined The Door team in 2021

 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!)

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 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!

CLEANER

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.