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.
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.
Helen Mackay, Counselling Manager (17s and Under)
I have 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.
Georgia Folksman, Business Support and Finance Officer
I joined the team in June 2017, before this role I worked for Cheshire Police where I achieved a Level 2 NVQ in Business Administration. I am currently part-time studying my Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting (AAT). I love how varied my role is and I mainly respond to enquiries, deal with all things finance and support the team with anything that leads to the smooth running of the organisation! I find it very rewarding to help young people access the support they need.
Tori Allen, Business Support Officer
Before joining the team in January 2020, I worked in an administration role for 2 years; a large majority of this involved front of office contact with clients. Alongside Georgia, I am often the first point of contact you’ll speak to when getting in touch with us – I always make sure that we go at your pace and take things one step at a time. I am also involved with all things events, marketing, fundraising and training and I take a lot of pride in saying that I honestly look forward to going to work each day! I have such a passion for working with and empowering young people, and it is an honour to be part of an organisation that allows me to be their cheerleader.
Jennie Lawton, Wellbeing 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.
Lisa Turner, Wellbeing 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.
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.