Just Drop-In is run by a small team of paid staff and over 60 volunteers.
Ann Wright, Chief Officer
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 Ronan, Wellbeing Services Manager
My role allows me to lead a fantastic team of staff and volunteers to provide a range of Wellbeing Services for local children, young people and parents. I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Youth & Community Work and a BSc Psychology & Criminology, along with 8 years’ experience in working with children, young people & families. It’s an absolute pleasure to walk alongside young people, supporting them in any way we can.
Jenny Shadforth, Business Operations Manager
I joined Just Drop-In in April 2021 to work alongside in the Business Support team. I am a Chartered Accountant with a background working with companies of varying sizes and doing really diverse things from recycling batteries to property development. My role allows me to use my commercial experience to support all of the fantastic staff and volunteer team. I have been a Guide Leader for 20 years and really enjoy doing crafts and outdoor activities with young people. As a Guider I love to see the progression and development of a young person over their time with us and I feel really privileged to be able to do this every day with Just Drop-In.
Jenny Spencer, Business Operations Manager
I am really excited to be joining the team of staff and volunteers at Just Drop-In and supporting the great work they do to help young people (and their carers) in Macclesfield. In my role I will be trying to ensure that our “front door” services are of the highest quality; that young people know what we can offer them and how to access the services.
I am a qualified Social Worker and have 15 years experience working in Youth Offending and am passionate about helping young people to find their feet…
Helen Mackay, Counselling Co-Ordinator
I have had the pleasure of working with Just Drop-In since 2017. My role as Counselling Coordinator for the under 13s 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, Counselling Co-ordinator
I am passionate about supporting young people, and have worked for over a decade as a Counsellor, Advocate and in Pastoral support. I joined JDI in 2019, now as Counselling Coordinator, I support our work in schools and our 18+ team. I offer in-school therapeutic assessments, 1-1 counselling as well as supporting a fantastic team of JDI school based counsellors & 18+ counselling volunteers. I aim to offer young people a safe and confidential space to explore their feelings using fun and creative resources. I have a PG Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy and a PG Certificate in Advocacy for Survivors of Sexual Violence. I love coming to work, I feel so lucky to work for such a dynamic young person led charity.
Paige Kinsey, Wellbeing Services Co-ordinator
I joined the JDI team in May 2021. I am extremely passionate about Mental Health and Wellbeing and I have years of experience in working with and supporting Children in the Primary School Setting. I am a Sleep Practitioner, Mental Health First Aider and I also have knowledge around Special Needs and British Sign Language/Makaton. My role at JDI allows me to lead and support an amazing team of volunteers, as well as supporting Young People and Parents within the area. I am a qualified Zumba Instructor and I run classes in the community to support Adults physical health. In my spare time I am training to become a qualified Counsellor, I enjoy travelling, walking my dog and spending time with friends and family. I am so happy to be a part of the Just Drop-In family and I am always excited to see what each day brings.
Dana Hartshorn, Counselling Co-ordinator
Since joining JDI in 2021, through my role as Counselling Co-ordinator I am able to offer therapeutic assessments, and begin the process of developing supportive and meaningful relationships with young people. I also work 1:1 with young people and help to support a wonderful team of JDI counsellors. I aim to help young people feel safe and offer a confidential space for creative therapeutic exploration. I hold a post graduate degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, and have 5 years of experience working with and supporting young people in various mental health and clinical capacities. I am delighted to be working for such a fantastic organisation!
Kim Davies, Counsellor
I joined Just Drop-In in 2019. As well as working as a counsellor in the 8-17 team I also complete assessments with young people. This often means that I am the first person that young people will come into contact with so I feel it’s important to try and make a good connection with them and help them to feel as comfortable as possible.
Before starting my role with JDI I worked in Early Years at a local school for 16 years before deciding to do a BA (Hons) at The University of Salford in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I truly love my role at JDI and feel very privileged to work alongside such a dedicated team in supporting young people, particularly at what may be a challenging time for them. I once heard a quote which said “find a job you love doing and you’ll never have to work a day in your life!” This is how I feel working for for this special charity!
Sue Lomas, Counsellor
I joined the team in May 2017 as a Counsellor. I am passionate about young people’s mental health and well-being and have been involved with working with and supporting young people for the past 15 years, firstly as a Teaching Assistant and I then gained my Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. My passion and interest is wanting to support and empower young people to help themselves in a safe and secure environment. Often young people may struggle with changes or challenges in their lives and just need an avenue to help them find their way or to discover their inner strengths.
Abby Hanaghan, Business Support Officer
I joined Just Drop-In in April 2022 after working in FE for over seven years. It’s great to see all the support that JDI offer to young people and to feel like we make a difference to people’s lives every day while at work. I’m so pleased to have joined such a warm, welcoming team.
Jane Sutcliffe, Business Support Officer
I joined JDI in April 2022. I have for the past 11 years worked in primary schools whilst my children were growing up. I worked mainly with young children who had been diagnosed with neuro-diversities such as ADHD, ADD and PDA and who had behavioural difficulties.
Before working in primary schools, I worked at The Cheshire Building Society as an Executive PA.