Just Drop-In is run by a small team of paid staff and over 60 volunteers.
Ann Wright, Team Manager
I joined Just Drop-In in January 2014 and have had the pleasure of leading and developing all of the day to day activity at Just Drop-In. I work alongside a positive and skilled staff and volunteer team who inspire and motivate me every day. We continuously strive to improve the quality and reach of our services to do all that we can to help young people find their feet. I am educated to post graduate level and have over 20 years experience working in the statutory sector with young people. I truly enjoy my role at Just Drop-In and look forward to seeing what each day brings!
Faye Nield, Wellbeing Services Manager
My role allows me to lead a fantastic team of volunteers to provide an easy access drop in service for young people in Macclesfield. I recently led the organisation to achieve the Investing in Volunteers quality mark, recognising the work we do with volunteers as well as young people. I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Youth & Community Work along with 6 years experience in working with children & young people – there are still plenty of opportunities to learn something new!
Lisa Goodchild, Counselling Manager (18s and Over)
I’ve been here since 2004 organising and overseeing the counselling service. Children and young people are great to work with – there’s an energy, immediacy and they often come up with creative ways to help themselves. People can often get ‘stuck’ in some way and have difficulty saying or feeling the way they do. We don’t advise young people – they usually have the key to unlock their own problems, counselling just helps them find it.
Georgia Folksman, Business Support Officer
I joined the team in June 2017, before this role I achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design and I then went on to work for Cheshire Police where I attained a Level 2 within Business Administration. My role is very varied and I mainly respond to enquiries and support the team with anything that leads to the smooth running of the organisation. I am very excited to gain more experience and opportunities within this rewarding business.
Lori Hawthorn, EHS Project Worker
I’m working within Cheshire East’s Emotionally Healthy Schools project where I’ll be working with local schools. I am passionate about encouraging emotional well being and resilience skills with young people. I have worked within health services for 12 years and gained a HND in Youth and Community Work and in Human Nutrition.
Jennie Lawton, Foundations Project Worker
My role is to plan, organise and deliver activities to support and empower young people within the Foundations Service. I have 11 years’ experience of working with learning disabilities, ASD and complexed disabilities. I have achieved both a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a NVQ Level 3 Heath and Social Care (Children and Young Adults). I have also carried out counselling within infant, primary and secondary schools and Children’s group therapy work within primary schools across Staffordshire. I’m passionate about supporting children and young people to build resilience and reach their full potential.
Helen Mackay, Counselling Manager (17s and Under)
I Helen Foundationshave had the pleasure of working with Just Drop-in since 2017. My role as Counselling Manager means I often get to introduce young people and their families to Just Drop-In’s services, and support them to make the decision of if we are the right organisation to support them. I also help to ensure young people get seen for counselling quickly and work to make sure that the counselling that they are offered by the team is of a high standard. This includes offering 1-1 counselling myself, during which I aim to offer individuals the opportunity to talk in a safe, supportive and private space.
Lisa Turner, Foundations Project Worker
I joined the team in August 2019 as Wellbeing Project Worker. My role is very varied and allows me to support and empower young people creatively in groups and one to one. I am passionate about working with young people, and know what difference a safe connection to a service can make to someone who may be struggling or feeling stuck. I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Post Graduate Certificate in Advocacy for Survivors of Sexual Violence. Before joining the team, I have worked with children and young people in different settings as a Counsellor, Independent Sexual Violence Advisor and offering Pastoral care in a high school setting.