Chief Executive Officer
I have been working with young people nearly all my working life and am passionate about their right to grow up safely, have every opportunity to achieve their potential, and be equipped to deal with things life may throw at them. I want to see all young people able to lead fulfilled lives, regardless of their background, financial status, etc.
Having worked in drug prevention for many years, I know that this, alongside good quality youth work, can be highly effective in helping young people make drug-free choices. I am also a qualified trainer and enjoy training adults like parents, teachers and youth workers in drug-related issues.
I am the fundraiser at Hope UK. My work focuses on mobilising financial resources for the organisation to continue to grow. I am passionate about seeing young people realise their full potential through choosing to lead drug and alcohol-free lives.
Prior to joining Hope UK, I worked in international development, communications, fundraising and programme management at NGOs including Oxfam, Skillshare International and Oxford Policy Management.
I’m the Volunteer Support Officer – this involves working alongside new volunteers to help them plan sessions or detached work, helping them with their portfolios, encouraging them to generate work in their own area and get the ‘Drugs, Life and You’ courses into youth groups and/or schools. I have worked for Hope UK for many years and I am still very passionate about the work we do and even more so now, as the next generation are being trained up to be peer mentors.
I have worked for Hope UK for a number of years in different roles, currently working in the finance department taking care of all the day-to-day financial duties. Occasionally I can be found doing a Junior Citizens Scheme. ‘What’s that?’ I hear you ask! It’s just a little taster of what Hope UK does to help young people think about how to make drug free choices. I love to hear that people are making wise decisions regarding drugs and alcohol based on informed choices that will not only affect them, but also their wider community. Remember, it’s not what you say, but what you do! Let’s be that difference.
I have worked for Hope UK since 2018 having previously worked for a domestic abuse charity and a drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity where I saw first-hand the issues facing people of all ages in society today. As a foster carer and father to a teenage son, I am dedicated to the ethos and services that Hope UK provides in equipping young people to live drug-free lives.
Press and Media Officer
I am responsible for raising the public profile of Hope UK within the media, raising awareness of the work we do to enable young people make healthy choices and lead drug free lives. A key focus of this work involves writing stories and press releases for the Christian and non-Christian media. I come with a background in journalism, having worked in magazine publishing for several years.
I have been involved with Hope UK since 2010, having trained as a Voluntary Drug Educator. I have used my training to run drug education sessions within my local schools and community. In 2019 I joined Hope UK’s training team, supporting the training of newly recruited voluntary educators, which is something I very much enjoy.
LOCAL PROJECT WORKERS
Local Worker, Northamptonshire
I have been the local worker for Northamptonshire for since 2014. In that time, we have established a small team of volunteers and have run many sessions to a variety of groups.
I have been involved in developing our Head Office in Kettering which I believe is a blessing for the local community. We are now able to offer space to local organisations and use it for our own events. In July 2023 we ran our first multi-agency Junior Citizens Scheme for Year 6 students from local schools.
I am also a qualified sexual health nurse and have extensive youth work experience.
Hope UK has been a great place for me to develop my teaching and training skills and has given me opportunities to deliver great drug prevention work.
Local Worker, East Midlands
I am Hope UK’s drug prevention worker for the East Midlands. I have been involved with youth work in a variety of settings and have worked for Hope UK since 2006. I want to see young people making drug-free choices, and experiencing the abundant life which Christ has to offer. I am particularly keen to find volunteers to work with churches, youth organisations and schools in and around Nottingham. I have previously worked with teams of Hope UK voluntary drug educators in Leicester and Watford. I am also a Baptist minister, in Nottingham, where I live.
Local Worker, Sheffield
I have been the local worker in Sheffield since 2019, working to develop our drug prevention work here, as well as recruit and train local volunteer educators.
I want to see young people choosing to live full lives free from the influence of drugs. To achieve this, I take every opportunity to work with schools, parents, youth workers and Street Pastors.
I am trained to deliver our eight-session young people’s programme ‘Drugs, Life and You’; and our accredited Youth Worker and Family Worker courses. I am also a practising pharmacist working in a supermarket pharmacy in Sheffield.
Hope UK has a Board of up to 10 trustees, each of whom serves for 3 years before being subject to re-election at the Annual General Meeting. In addition, the AGM appoints annually a Chairman and Honorary Treasurer who are members of the Board. The Trustees include individuals from business, the NHS, education, church and voluntary sector backgrounds.
I joined Hope UK in 2019 because I am passionate about enabling young people to make the right choices that sets them up for a successful life. I have spent the best part of two decades working in the church and charity sector however I do also have a broad range of skill from a diverse background in various commercial settings.
I serve as an associate Pastor at Jesus House in London where I oversee the Communications and Community Action functions. Over the last few years, I have started to engage in activities and enterprises that bring my 2 worlds together so putting Jesus Christ at the centre of regular business endeavours.
I’m very interested in politics and society development and I like to dabble a bit with DIY. In all, I’m about improving people, places and things.
Treasurer and Volunteer
I became an educator 17 years ago after seeing a session in my church. Over the years I have journeyed with Hope UK through the many different seasons in a variety of areas and roles. I have a deep love for the work and vision of Hope UK. Having worked in finance for over 20 years, I have experience in the PR, Telecoms, and Construction Industries. As well as being a trustee and Treasurer of a Congregational Church, I have been Hope UK’s Treasurer since 2014.
Trustee and Volunteer
My background is in sales – ladies retail and mobile communications. I also volunteered in various capacities for over 25 years working with marginalised groups, youth offenders, children’s Saturday clubs. I now work with children in foster care, as I am passionate about better outcomes for children’s lives.
Volunteering for Hope UK has been a privilege. Having seen the other side of addiction first hand with close family and friends, the desire to educate and equip young people in making informed choices seems a given, wanting to be a part of changes we would like to see. A visible foundation is established, and I hope to contribute to the expansion and enlarge the territory of drug education with Hope UK.
Trustee and Volunteer
I am a Christian, happily retired, mother of one and grandmother of two. I previously worked in private wealth industry for an international bank based in the City for many years, then worked for a private company authorised to support 15-18yr old refugees. This was a huge eye opener where I learnt a great deal about different young people, their struggles and starting afresh in a different country, different culture and learning a new language.
As an active school governor at a local Church of England primary school, I sit on 4 committees where until 2022 was also Chairperson of Curriculum and Pupil Behaviour Committee. Since 2019 I am also the school’s SEND Link Governor. I have been with Hope UK since 2019. For me, it is all about educating/nurturing the children/young people… the adults of tomorrow.
Trustee and Volunteer
I am a research scientist at the University of Reading. With a B.Sc. in human physiology, MSc in molecular biology and PhD in structural biochemistry. I love learning about the fine details that are involved in making our bodies functional. I am naturally very curious, and I love to learn and discover new things. I love to see young people explore and be inspired by the world around them. I love to see them thrive and reach their full potential. I am a strong advocate for equality in the access to education and opportunities and have volunteered with various charities (both in the UK and internationally) which aim to improve the lives and futures of young people, empowering them by investing in education, skills and training.
Trustee and Volunteer
I have been a practising optometrist since 1986 and started my own optical domiciliary business in 2004. I also have MSc in Health Promotion.
As a mother of 3 children, I am aware of the pressure on young people to participate in drug use. In the course of my domiciliary work, I provide eyecare to those in rehabilitation centres. This enlightens me on the consequences of drug addiction. I therefore decided to volunteer for Hope UK in 2019, as I wanted to be part of an organisation and team involved in the prevention of drug use from an early age. I love spending time with young people, thoroughly enjoy doing the varied drug education sessions, passionate about the work of Hope UK and want to contribute to its long-term plans and goals.
Trustee and Generation Hope Chair
I have been a of part of Generation Hope since its conception over 5 years ago. I am a member of the youth council and recently elected as a trustee for Hope UK. I’m a product of someone who has been hugely impacted by the amazing work of Hope UK. I have encountered the devastating consequences of addiction in my own family and this has led me to be deeply passionate about drug and alcohol education. I am currently studying Politics at the University of Surrey and in my spare time I love eating good food, spending days in London and debating politics, theology and everything in between.
Trustee and Volunteer
As well as my volunteering with Hope UK, I am also a professional actor. I first heard about Hope UK when I visited a Temperance exhibition at the Peoples’ Palace Museum in Glasgow as a child and have been volunteering for Hope UK for the last twelve years. I have been involved in making films for Hope UK recently, and I look after our Twitter account.
Trustee and Volunteer
I have been an Educator for well over ten years after seeing a stand at Spring Harvest in Skegness (I actually live in Skegness). I took away the information and within a day I had applied to be an educator. I really enjoyed the training and got to meet some lovely people.
I mainly do sessions with children at local schools. I have good contacts with one school and I now do a session with each class (from reception to Year 6) at least once a year. It is so great to see what the children remember from the previous year and they are all very enthusiastic.
I trained as an Accountant and have worked in my Firm, O A George & Co Chartered Certified Accountancy practice in New Cross, London since its formation in 1989 to date. I have been involved in other Christian activities including my local Church where I served as Deacon and Treasurer for almost 30 years and as Treasurer of a Christian Organisation that serves the interest of Nigerians in the UK since 1994 until now. For a period of 5 years, I also served as Treasurer of the Friends of a top-rated private Boys Schools in London.
I came to Hope UK because my wife informed me of the work of the Charity and I wanted to have a better understanding of what it’s all about, and it was an eye opener to know what a drug is and the negative effect it has on users and those around them, a situation I could attest to, as it called into memory the lives of close family members I knew were inadvertently into drugs but never knew it themselves. I am also a member of a Prison ministry group and I believe the work of Hope UK is vital in stopping people going to prison by helping them to make drug free choices rather than their being ministered to under incarceration.
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