Meet the Team
In this section meet the wonderful people who make REACH possible
Hi, I’m Adam.
I started my youth worker role in 2020 having previously worked in a school environment for many years. I am dedicated to providing all of our young people with safe environments to grow and provide exciting opportunities to achieve. I am very privileged to be working in a dedicated and amazing team here at REACH.
Hi I'm Alison. I joined REACH in 2023.
I love that whilst working at REACH, I have been given the opportunity to work with some amazing young people and to support them to explore, develop and thrive.
I feel very grateful to be part of such a passionate, dedicated and skilled team of youth workers.
Outside of work I enjoy walking my dogs and riding my horses.
Hi, I'm Amber.
I started at REACH in 2022. I love the opportunity to work closely with so many amazing young people and help them on their journey in life.
Outside of work, I love spending time with my dogs in the countryside.
Hi my name is Charlotte, I’m a youth worker at REACH. I love working with young people, who teach me everyday!
Outside of REACH I enjoy socialising with friends and walking my dogs!
Hi, I’m Craig. I’ve loved my journey at REACH, starting as a student myself and working to become a youth worker, I’m incredibly grateful to be part of it all and have an opportunity to work with so many brilliant young people.
Outside of work, I love carpentry and DIY projects.
I feel hugely privileged to be part of REACH and to have shared in each part of the service’s journey. My current role enables me to spend quality time with school & agency colleagues, along with supporting team members in their development and day-to-day operations supporting our fantastic young people. This journey has only been possible due to so many people and I feel exceptionally lucky to be surrounded by such dedicated people who all make REACH the magical place it is today.
Founder / Director / Designated Safeguarding Lead / Health & Safety Lead
Hi, I'm Duncan.
I have been at REACH since 2019 and love the opportunities it allows to work with lots of amazing young people throughout the county.
Beyond REACH, I'm into sports, regularly playing football and golf.
I feel very proud to be part of REACH. Being able to support young people on their journeys through education and watching them grow, develop, and thrive is a great privilege. I love the adventures that I am able embark upon with young people, exploring new places, trying new things, and sharing memorable moments. I am amongst a highly passionate, diverse and multi-skilled team at REACH, who truly want the very best for young people.
Senior Youth Worker
I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in REACH since 2020. It’s so rewarding to see how the company has grown alongside a wealth of young people.
Outside of work, I love a session in the cricket nets and a trip to some far-flung place.
Business & Admin Lead / Leadership Team
I started in REACH in 2019 and worked for several, amazing years as a front-line practitioner. It’s incredibly rewarding to see how the work we do translates to the transformation in the lives of young people, and it’s been an absolute privilege to work alongside these students. I’m excited for my new role as the inter-agency lead, and see where this journey takes me.
Outside of work, you’ll likely find me on the North coast of Devon surfing, or engaged in some other fitness pursuit.
Senior Youth Worker / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead / Multi-agency Lead
After leaving Sixth Form, I joined the REACH team, 6 years later I am still continuing my journey in Youth Work. I enjoy watching young people grow, learn and thrive within a safe environment at REACH.
Outside of REACH I love going to the beach, walking my dog and exploring new places!
Hello! My name's Henry and I am a newly recruited youth worker here at REACH! Everyone here has been nothing but open hearted and fun since my arrival and I aim to be exactly that too! In my spare time I enjoy writing music, recording music and basically anything related to music! Oh and of course eating food!!!
Hi, I’m Jade. I’m relatively new to REACH, but I’m already absolutely loving it! We’re so lucky to work so many incredible young people.
Outside of work, I love an adventure and being close to the sea.
Having spent the last 15 years bringing up my granddaughter, I immediately recognised the need for individual and targeted support which REACH unfailingly provides to young people. Staffed by talented, energetic youth workers and led by a dedicated and professional team, REACH provides exemplary, inspirational and life-changing engagement for all. I am proud to play a humble role within REACH. Outside of this, I enjoy art, photography, history and foreign travel.
I joined REACH as I believe all young people need an opportunity to discover who they are without judgement. I love that I have the chance to help a young person to explore their thoughts, emotions and ambitions through activities that they help to choose. Outside of work I relax by going to the gym, gaming or keeping my 2 young children busy.
I started work with REACH in 2022. Having spent some time working with REACH this experience has opened my eyes to the immeasurable importance of alternative education for young people that need it. What every staff member and person involved with REACH does is crucial to creating brighter futures for young people and to be able to say that I am involved in this is truly a privilege.
I love the opportunities REACH allows me to work with such brilliant young people.
Outside of work, I love working with cars and general DIY projects.
Hi, I'm Kade.
REACH has allowed me so many opportunities to hone my skills working with some truly incredible young people.
Outside of REACH, I love to coach football, working with the Yeovil youth team setup.
There is something special about REACH that I connect with and love being part of it. I full-heartedly believe in what REACH is about and how it goes about supporting and fighting for students that need it. I love it that every child is welcome, and no-one is ever turned away or asked to leave. The students I meet in this role amaze, surprise and remind me why I do this and what is important about
Therapeutic Mental Health Lead
I started with REACH at the beginning of September 2022 as a Business Admin Assistant. I felt welcomed by the incredible team here immediately. As I’d worked in education for many years previously I felt that I would understand the environment easily. However, the time spent here so far has opened my mind to the incredible alternative education ethos that REACH is about. I enjoy so many new experiences in my role which is only enriched by the young people and fellow staff here.
Hello, I'm Kelly and for many of you I'll be the first face you see at REACH. My role means I get to meet lots of new faces. I've worked at REACH for around 8 years now. I found out about REACH from a friend and loved all I heard. The rest is history.
In my free time I keep pretty active through various sports, I've been a keen footballer since age 7, most weekends are spent with family and running around fields.
Senior Youth Worker / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead / New Allocations Lead
Hello, I'm Kelly.
My journey started at my local youth club in Chard, where I would attend when I was younger with a couple of other future REACH staff.
I've really enjoyed my time here so far, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds!
Hey, I'm Kiaha. I am so grateful to be a part of the amazing team at REACH.
In my free time I enjoy spending time being wild with my children outdoors and at the beach.
My journey to youth work began as a REACH student. I joined the team after spending some time working within a school and feel incredibly privileged to get alongside and support our fantastic young people – always in a way that’s full of fun and learning. I enjoy the continuing opportunity to learn and develop I my role – learning so much from our fantastic team and all our students.
In my time outside of youth work I enjoy kickboxing and getting outdoors!
I started at REACH as an assistant youth worker. During my time spent working at REACH. I have learnt and continue to learn so much from the other staff members, and every student who walks through the door.
I’ve worked in different care settings since I was 18 and becoming a youth worker is one of the best decisions I’ve made.
I joined REACH as a cleaner in 2021. What first interested me in working here was that I used to go to this youth centre as a child, and have nice memories of being here. Since working here it’s been great to learn more about the amazing work they do for young people. The team here are all really lovely, kind and understanding. I have really loved making sure the children that come here have a beautifully clean tidy environment to come to. In my free time I love going on long walks with my Dog. I also really enjoy baking and cooking.
My name is Lisa, I have a background in working with SEND children, supporting them in an education setting. I enjoy supporting young people in a way that allows them to feel more confident and able to achieve.
In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors in the woods or at the beach with family and friends.
I am passionate about supporting and providing every young person with the opportunites to flourish and acheive, and I enjoy helping to create this positive environment at REACH.
I started here in 2020 and immediately felt comfortable around everyone I work with. The kindness and jovial atmosphere is reassuring. I understand how the experiences they offer here at REACH are fundamental to the development of young people. I feel privileged to be part of such a kind working environment and I look forward to growing and furthering my business knowledge whilst here.
Madi McConville Lawrey
Hi, I'm Matt.
Become familiar with some of the team through Chard Youth Club, I'm so glad to have become a Youth Worker for REACH. It's an unrivalled opportunity to work closely with so many amazing young people.
My journey with REACH started 6 years ago. I started volunteering at the youth-club which was how I discovered my passion for youth work. Blessed with opportunities to create safe connections with young people and families who I learn so much from. Building relationships with students, watching them grow and develop is such an incredible experience, I am truly grateful for this.
Millie Ralls Channer
Hi, I’m Mitchell, I come from a play work background and enjoy bringing my experiences in play to my youth work. I am proud to be a part of such a passionate and diverse team. In my downtime time I enjoy falling over at the skatepark on my skates.
Hi, I'm Nathan and have been lucky enough to working for REACH since Jan 2022. It's amazing to be sharing the journey with such great young people and working alongside such a brilliant team. When I'm not working I'm either watching, coaching or playing football.
I've been privileged to work with some truly amazing young people in a number of different educational settings and they have all taught me so much. I feel very lucky to represent REACH in multi-agency meetings and the incredible work our staff do. I'm passionate about understanding the needs of our young people and I'm on a continuing learning journey with this. Outside of work, I am a proud father and a keen mountain biker.
Senior Youth Worker / Deputy Designated Lead
Hey my name is Nick.
I've worked with young people for about 9 years. I love the adventure of working for REACH with all the opportunity they offer young people.
I have a love for food and enjoy cooking and motorsport and well anything to do with cars.
My journey first began when I was once a REACH student myself, receiving the best caring support I possibly could from Dan himself, and the other team members. Since then I have come back to fulfill my dream of becoming a youth worker. I would love nothing more than to support and help my students flourish, achieve and most importantly, to believe in themselves that anything is possible. I feel privileged to be a part of the REACH team and to be delivering the best possible support for our students.
Hi, my name's Phil. I am a friendly, welcoming person, that likes playing pool, skittles, console gaming and I like to be there for people, only if to listen.
Youth Work Assistant
My journey started in youth work from a young age, as a senior member in my local club. From here I have been a volunteer and the onto being a youth worker with REACH. It has been a privilege supporting young people in their journeys over the years and in my newer role on the duty desk I enjoy supporting the staff in our team to do the same.
In my spare time I am a keen downhill mountain biker with a habit of making the odd biking edit.
Duty Lead / Senior Youth Worker / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
As caretaker for REACH I have responsibility for maintaining a safe and stimulating environment for the young people and staff who utilise it’s bases. I really enjoy the flexibility and challenges of the role.
Beyond REACH l have a keen interest in gardening, football, DIY and my dogs.
I started working at REACH as an Admin Assistant in October 2023. I felt welcomed straight away amongst the team. I had previously heard of REACH, and I have always thought it is a great organisation but being able to work here is a real privilege.
Beyond REACH, I am a mum of 2 small children who take up most of my life! I also enjoy spending time being outdoors or going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.
Hello, I'm Steve.
I've enjoyed every moment on my Journey at REACH - it's amazing to see how the company has developed and how we've helped young people on their journey.
Service Lead / Leadership Team Member / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
My journey with REACH began in 2020 when I joined the evening youth work team. From there I've helped establish a family service for Reach and I'm proud to say I’m South Petherton’s Family Worker.
I have 4 children, aged from toddler to teen who have all grown up and attended schools in South Petherton. It’s a huge privilege to be able to give back to the village that has given me and my family so much over the years and I’m really grateful to REACH for allowing me this opportunity.
Family Support Worker / Youth Worker / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Dolly The Cat