Chief Executive Officer
Jane came to y.e.s. in November 2006 after a career in Management, Marketing, Sales and Fundraising. Since joining she has overseen the growth of y.e.s. from a small charity with 3 part time staff to the current staff team of 10, with 29 volunteers helping us to run and maintain our services. We now reach over 2000 children and young people every year and are able to deliver vital services to local young people in crisis despite many cuts to funding over the last few years. “Community support has been a big part of the last 10 years and there is still much more that we need to do to ensure that y.e.s. are in the best position possible to continue to help the children and young people of our area.”
Teenage Pregnancy Link Worker (Tendring)
Simone originally came to y.e.s for help when she was homeless. She started off as the apprentice receptionist completing a level 3 NVQ in Business Administration and her knowledge and skills have grown and evolved as she has taken on various roles within y.e.s. Upon completion of her BA (Hon) Health and Social Care Degree Simone has recently taken on the position of Teenage Pregnancy Linkworker covering the Tendring area. This role includes Prevention, Pregnancy and Parenting; working alongside statutory and voluntary services to provide a holistic service for both pregnant teenagers and young parents.
Housing & Homelessness Caseworker
Claire has worked for y.e.s for over 8 years and has had many years previous experience of working with young people with Essex County Youth Service. Claire has a comprehensive knowledge of the housing and homelessness law and the benefit system relating to young people. Claire can also offer advice on debt specifically if you are at risk of losing your accommodation because of financial issues.
Teenage Pregnancy Link Worker (Colchester)
Fiona has worked for y.e.s for over 12 years supporting pregnant teenagers and young parents, working with young people in general for over 22 years. She offers support, advice and a friendly listening ear to anyone under 21 who is pregnant, who is a young parent or who is pregnant and wants to have a chat about their options. Along with running various prenatal and postnatal groups, she works closely with teenage pregnancy midwifes, Health Visitors and Children Centres to give support and advice around practical things such as housing, benefits and debt.
Gina Starnes has worked for Colchester and Tendring Youth Enquiry Service since 2006, as Counselling administrator, supporting the Counselling Coordinator and Counsellors within the team. If you are referred for counselling or contact the service for an appointment it will usually be Gina who books your assessment and sends out your appointment. She enjoys her role at y.e.s and is always ready to provide support where and when it’s needed.
Maria Hales is the Area Counselling Co-ordinator for both Colchester and Tendring Youth Enquiry Service. After qualifying as a Counsellor in 2004, Maria worked as a volunteer counsellor for y.e.s. as well as in private practice. Her enthusiasm for working with young people saw her taking on the role as Co-ordinator in 2007. Maria is a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists), is a qualified Counselling Supervisor and is also the Lead Professional responsible for Safeguarding at YES.
Lucy Ilsley – LUCY IS CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE AND HER POST IS COVERED BY AMANDA SHULTZ
Lucy is thrilled to be part of the team at both Colchester and Tendring Youth Enquiry Service; having moved to Essex from the Midlands. After successfully completing a BA (Hons) in counselling at Gloucester University Lucy worked for a psycho-dynamic organisation in Warwickshire for over 4 years and ran a private practice within the Northamptonshire area. Lucy is a Registered Member of the BACP and is experienced and passionate about the treatment of Eating Disorders.
Amanda is a child and young person Counsellor with over 9 years’ experience in this field since qualifying in 2008. Amanda worked as a voluntary Counsellor at Y.E.S from 2008-2012 and since then has worked with various organisations offering support and counselling to children and young people with emotional and mental health difficulties as well as working in private practice. She is a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). Amanda is very happy to be working with Y.E.S as the Eating Disorders Counsellor covering Lucy’s maternity leave.
Family Innovation Project Manager
Violet joined Y.E.S in July 2015 as a Project Manager to help us to manage a new project The Family Innovation fund aimed at supporting young people, parents and carers. Violet finished her degree in 2012 BA (Hons) Business Management with Finance. After University she worked for different organisations where she gained experience and knowledge in variety of business sectors such as human resources, recruitment, accountancy, engineering and supply chain by implementing projects. One of her main achievement was a successful implementation and closure of a TPA project for DHL Supply Chain worth £20 million.
Debra has 20 years’ experience in Adult, Adolescent and Children’s mental health in various settings. As a qualified Dramatherapist Debra works in schools and other Specialist Organisations with children who are marginalised, who display emotional issues and challenging behavior. These include young people and their families who are living with ADHD, Autism, early life trauma and loss. Debra is also a guest Lecturer on the MA Psychology/Counselling Course for Children and Adolescents at Cambridge University. As a Family Mediator at Y.E.S (Colchester and Tendring) Debra specialises in working with families and their children (5-19 years) who are having problems at home, where communication has broken down and relationships have become strained. Debra offers a confidential space where family members can all feel supported in creating improved communication, and a better understanding of one another.
Go Green Project Lead
Toni joined Y.E.S in April 2015. Her previous experience in the voluntary sector was as Assistant Manager for a Charity in Wiltshire, where she managed a team of volunteers and worked on the Millennium Volunteers project in Colchester, which encouraged young people to get involved with volunteering and gain accreditation for their hard work. Toni is now working on our Go Green Project and is really enthusiastic about the allotment and secret garden, where we are always looking for more young volunteers to get involved and learn how to grow their own.