I joined the YAB at the end of 2019. Since joining, I've had a lot of involvement with the creation of the new website; I also helped to write a funding bid and spoke about how young people are involved in the decisions that JDI makes, which contributed to JDI being granted the 'Investing in Children' award for another year. As a keen cyclist, I'm super passionate about the benefits of sport and exercise on mental health and as such, I work with JDI to encourage sporting participation. -Louis, YAB Member
Just Drop-In is a registered charity and limited company overseen by a board of Directors or Trustees. Just Drop-In was constituted in November 1999 and first opened its doors in 2001. The charity was the Millennium Project of Churches Together now known as Hope in North East Cheshire, a forum of local church leaders who saw a need to support local young people.
Initially opening on Chestergate, we have been in our current premises on Duke Street since 2011.
The Service has gradually grown and we now help over 1000 individual children and young people a year.
As a registered Charity our work is overseen by the standards of the Charity Commission. We are fully compliant with all our reporting responsibilities.
Our work is overseen by a board of Trustees also known as Directors. Trustees give their time freely, but have a range of legal responsibilities. They ensure that they act in the Charities best interest, that they comply with the Charity’s governing document and the law and that they manage the Charity resources
John Stephens, Chair of Trustees:
It has been a great pleasure to support JDI over the last 6 years as a Drop-In volunteer, Trustee and most recently Chair of Trustees. I have been a resident of Macclesfield for 25 years and have seen my two daughters grow up in the town. I’m proud of JDI’s community roots, both receiving great support from local residents and supporting young people in the area with care and expertise. Our support is needed as much as ever and I expect JDI to continue to respond to the needs of young people as we go forward, building on a firm foundation. I’m constantly humbled by the clear, positive difference JDI makes to the lives of young people.
My other current interests include educating business leaders in the psychology of behaviour change and being an active member of Macclesfield Aikido Club. My former experiences have been in research, manufacturing management, leadership and change management and I hope I can apply these for the benefit of JDI.
Youth Advisory Board
Running alongside our Trustee Board is the Youth Advisory Board (YAB). The YAB is made up of young people with lived experience of health or social services, who want to help Just Drop-In to thrive and help young people as much as it can. The YAB acts as a shadow board and directly feeds its views and ideas into the Trustee Board ensuring that beneficiaries meaningfully steer the future of the organisation. Members of the YAB get involved in other ways as well and recently helped to short list for the developer for this website and help with the design spec! Other activities have included helping with funding bids, events and recruitment. The YAB have adopted Neurodiversity as their priority area for 2021-22. If you are interested in joining the YAB please get in touch!
We are proud of our Participation and Co-production work and have held the Investing in Children Membership Award for the last three years.
Just Drop-In is supported by the following Member Churches:
- Broken Cross Methodist Church
- Gawsworth Methodist Church
- Langley Methodist Church
- Macclesfield Methodist Church
- Macclesfield Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
- Macclesfield United Reformed Church
- Prestbury Methodist Church
- St Alban’s Roman Catholic Church
- St John the Evangelist Church
- St Michael and All Angels Church
- St Paul’s Church
- St Peter’s Church Macclesfield
- St Peters’ Church Prestbury
- St Thomas’ Church Henbury
- Sutton St James Church
- St George’s St Baptist Church
Each Member Church has a nominated contact, who is regularly mailed by the Churches Liaison Trustee, to be kept abreast of the latest developments. They are also voting members who carry the decisions at our Annual General Meeting each year.