People Matters has over 60 organisational structure.of staff and volunteers who all work together to make our organisation the best that it can be. To see how we work together, see this diagram of our
We operate as both a charity and a SEYH. (We were their of the year in 2018). This means that we re-invest any surplus we make as organisation in doing more things for our and doing them better. As part of this we invest as much as we can in our staff such as through training so they can support our in the best ways possible. This includes speaking out about what being a social care organisation is like both now in the pandemic and in the longer term. For more information on our approach and what we are doing to help support the social care profession look here.with an asset lock and are of
Below you can learn about the staff in our office team. From them you can learn more about other staffthat you may be in contact with through the different services that we offer.
As chief executive at People Matters, I am the link between the board of trustees and the staff. I support the trustees to set our organisation’s long-term goals and track how we are doing at achieving these goals. On the staff side, I work with managers to guide our staff on what to work on and how to do it so thatreceive the services that they want and need.
After working at a number of universities and colleges in the north of England I then transferred into the third sector and became involved in the development of teacher education, professional development and programme management. I am qualified at Masters level in leadership and management, and in my role as a teacher in lifelong learning I was previously a member of the executive team of a large charity based in London.
As well as having 2 children, I have held voluntary roles in Leeds as chair of Leeds Citizens Advice Bureau and Leeds City College. Since completing my terms of office in these positions, I have been appointed as a Leeds City Council Inclusive Growth Ambassador for Employers, Education and Skills and became a Director of Leeds Credit Union.
I am the charity administrator dealing with all our funding and expenditure, making sure that we have enough money to pay wages, rent, and so on. I also do the salaries so I am the most popular member of staff! As a break from numbers, I do some 1 to 1 support for some of our.
I am an accountant and worked for over 20 years in practise before I joined People Matters in 2018, so this is my first role in the 3rd sector. I enjoy the variety that the job brings and especially being part of a wonderful team helping to make a difference in Leeds.
I was born and bred in Leeds – apart from a 3-year hiatus doing my degree in Wales – and in my free time I love reading. My background is very musical and I have a grade 8 in piano, violin, double bass and music theory.
I work on making sure that we can keep the organisation going and develop new ways to meet our’ needs. This means that I help us to secure funding to run our services and make connections with other organisations and businesses to get our name out there and help us to expand the services that we offer. I also help to organise work placements, giving young people an idea of what it’s like working in a charity, as well as the opportunity to progress into paid work.
On the operational side of things, I ensure that co-ordinators and service delivery staff are well prepared and have the resources and help that they need to deliver the high standard of support that we provide.
When not working I love to cook, from event catering for hundreds of people to a family dinner for my husband and two boys. I also like to read a good book and to get out and about walking my dog Casper.
Deputy Director of Outreach Services
I have been with People Matters since September 2014 and I am responsible for running one of our two Outreach services, where we pride ourselves on delivering high quality, personalized support.
Before joining People Matters, I managed Outreach and supported living services with another large organisation for 10 years, delivering over 1000 support hours per week. I have lots of experience of working with people who have learning disabilities & autism and people who present challenges to others. I am especially interested in setting up services for those who have been refused in the past.
I have 2 children so they keep me busy when I’m not at work, and I also run a ladies’ football team for my local club.
Support Service Manager
I have been working with People Matters since November 2016 and now manage one of our two Outreach support services. Since joining People Matters, I have also had roles as a support worker, a group leader for Teens and Twenties, a tutor, and the volunteer co-ordinator.
Before I started working for People Matters, I studied my degree at the University of Liverpool. During that time, I volunteered with charities in Leeds and Liverpool that support people with learning disabilities, autism, and other additional needs. I loved it so much that I decided to do it as a job! In my spare time, I love to bake, read, travel, and go on walks.
I am the service coordinator for the Outreach team. It’s my job to help people to reach their full potential whilst also making sure that they are in a safe environment to do so. I listen carefully to what people tell me about how they like to be supported and support people to increase their confidence and develop new skills.
I started working at People Matters in September 2007 as a part-time administrator for Just Coffee People, a previous arm of People Matters. This was my first ever job. Since then, I have grown alongside the organisation and have become a full-time employee working in the office team. In my time here I have been involved in administration, payroll & accounts and been a group leader for several groups, but the one role I have enjoyed the most is being a support worker. I love helping
I promote, develop the growth of the microNourishing people. I with the Employment services coordinator and Job coaches to ensure that trainees of NP are engaged, supported in the roles and gaining a positive experience to develop their individual aspirations and goals for employment. Ensuring trainees are gaining work place skills of effective systems approach to snack production, understanding expectations and legal obligations of a working environment.
I also develop marketing material, social media and maintenance of organisational communications. Supporting the organisational approach to fundraising and generating income for new initiatives, including community partnership development, community fundraising and engaging CSR partners. I started working for People Matters in September 2020 so very new to the team.
In my spare time, I love to draw and to go on long walks with my dog Glow, which helps me to clear my mind and stay positive. I am a very smiley person and always willing to have a chat.
IAG Coordinator & Job Coach
Job Coach Lead & Employer Liaison
I am a job coach, employer liaison and the job coach lead for People Matters. This means that I work withto identify their needs and wants and support them to achieve these, helping work towards employment opportunities, develop confidence and identify next steps. I also work with employers to support our to enter job roles through work trials, placements, volunteer roles, and reasonable adjustments. Additionally, I coordinate the Job Club and lead the job coach team. As well as my work in employment, I also do some work as a support worker, helping to work towards independence.
Soon after joining People Matters in 2014, I took part in Supported Employment training and had a placement with PLUSS, achieving a level 3 qualification. We then started offering our employment services – Nourishing People, Exploring Your Work Options, and the Job Club. As these provisions grew, and new job coaches were being trained, I got the chance to lead on job coaching and manage the job coach team. In 2019 I also became the coordinator of the Job Club.
My job is anything but boring – each day I can be found doing anything from making sure that managers, coordinators and tutors have what they need in their roles to sorting out the plumbing. I am also responsible for a lot of the company’s IT; in 2019 we started issuing Outreach staff coordinators and group leaders with a smart phone each, and in 2020 one of my main projects has been the transfer of our HR system to a new platform.
I have had a long and varied career including ten years in the third sector, during which I have been a Support Worker, a Team Coordinator and an Outreach Manager. I joined People Matters in November 2017 as Office Coordinator and working for People Matters is where I have felt most at home.
When not at work, I love being around my children and grandchildren, and during the summer I can often be found in the photo pit at a motorcycle rally.
My work as an Administrator involves managing and updating our online HR services, booking training, and working with the Office Coordinator and other managers.
I started working for People Matters in September 2016 through a 6-month placement with PLUSS, after which I became a volunteer. In September 2017, I started a permanent job as an Administrator.
I was a member of People Matters when the charity first started and was a member of the first adult group. I was given an award for my volunteer work with People Matters, and I continue to do voluntary work when I am not in the office.
IAG and Event Administrator
My job is to help People Matters get our name out there and make sure that people who might need our services know that we exist. If you found out about us at a stall at an event, I probably organised for us to be there!
I have been working at People Matters since October 2018 and this is my first paid job. I have a lot of health problems that have previously made it difficult for me to find and stay in work, so in 2018 I went along to a Job Club. They were really helpful, and I ended up getting a job here at People Matters.
In my spare time I help to facilitate a peer support group for young people, and enjoy ice skating, good food, and curling up under a blanket to watch TV.