In 2002, after meeting a young teenager involved in street prostitution, I started an award winning charity to engage and support women and young people caught up in addiction, prostitution and poverty. The charity was called A Way Out and is still operating in Stockton on Tees today.
The charity ran drop in centres, outreach programmes, food banks, education and learning activities and recovering and rehabilitation programmes. It has now worked with thousands of women and young people and many people are alive today who wouldn’t be, through it’s work.
Since handing over the reigns of A Way Out in 2014, I have continued to lead and support change within covic society
- Leading a consortium of mental health, employability and housing charities with a collective turnover of £100 million
- Director of a food and drink, trade organisation Food and Drink North East which aims to support and grow the food and drink sector in the North East
- Connecting and supporting people and organisations involved in creative and cultural activities
- Creating and running festivals
- Developing creating hubs for new start ups
- Supporting the business development activities of local charities
- Hosting place shaping conversations and on-line place platforms such as I Love Stockton Me
- Developing new community initiatives and supporting community action such as Teesside Community Action, set up in response to the Covid-19 crisis
- Development of a new, peoples media project, The Tees Online which aims to celebrate and champion the Tees, our communities, campaigns and businsesses.