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.”
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.
Go Green Project Lead
This project has been running for some years now and is designed to help people of all ages that struggle with loneliness, learning difficulties and mental health issues make friends and gain confidence through working outdoors growing fruit, vegetables and flowers. This has had a positive outcome for a number of people, improving self-esteem and self-confidence.
If you would like to come and discover one of Colchester’s best kept secrets, learn more about the project and how to take part –
call 01206 710 771 or email [email protected]
Sessions start in June and run from 12:00 – 14:00 Tuesday and Thursday.
We look forward to meeting you all