WHO WE ARE

Street Reach is a Winchester charity working with young people. Our work is particularly targeted towards those experiencing disadvantage.

WE BELIEVE

We believe that every young person has potential. In offering a variety of experiences and supporting in times of need, we believe we can help young people through difficult times in their lives and develop their potential for the future.

WE ARE COMMITTED

We are committed to working with all young people in such a positive way that they come spontaneously to Street Reach staff for guidance and signposting.

WE RECOGNISE

We recognise the ongoing requirement for our services and the potential for broadening our reach as generations of young people pass through this period of their lives.

OUR STORY

The need for a charity for young people in Winchester emerged from the local homeless and night shelter projects. Many of the adults using these services had experienced difficulties in childhood and were at risk of unemployment and homelessness before they had reached 16, and so, in 1983 the charity was formed.

The charity was called ‘Winchester Detached Youth Work Project’ whose core work was to reach out into the community to get to know and understand young people and their needs in order that support could be offered. This ‘detached’ (non-centre based) approach to working with young people was not commonplace at the time, but is now widely regarded as an effective way to reach out to young people with unmet needs that are not engaging with other services. We have been well-placed to identify and respond to the changing needs of individuals and the wider community ever since.

In 2004, the young people using the service at the time felt that the charity name was outdated and so they chose ‘Street Reach’ as the re-branded name of the charity.

In recent years, we have achieved steady and sustained growth and our outreach work now takes place in four communities in Winchester every week. We have expanded the scope of our work by taking on the delivery of youth provision at Micheldever Youth Club, a club providing vital support and opportunities to young people in this rural area of Winchester. Alongside our core work, Street Reach are committed to offering targeted projects and experiences that engage, inform and challenge the young people we work with.

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YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE HEART OF OUR WORK

Our work with young people is always on a voluntary basis and our approach is founded upon building relationships over time. Through listening to the young people we work with, we are able to adapt and respond to their needs in order to provide effective support. We work in partnership with the young people to design creative and engaging projects.

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OUR TEAM

The staff and trustees at Street Reach have a variety of backgrounds and skills. Our team are trained, experienced and passionate about working with young people.

  • Ben Martin
    Ben Martin Project Manager
  • Stella Bowling
    Stella Bowling Project Administrator and Fundraiser
  • Lottie Clist
    Lottie Clist Operational Lead
  • Fiona
    Fiona Project Lead Youth Worker - Micheldever
  • Hannah
    Hannah Project Lead Youth Worker
  • Lauren
    Lauren Project Lead
  • Paddy
    Paddy Project Lead
  • Emily
    Emily Youth Worker
  • Claudia
    Claudia Volunteer
  • Dave Stow
    Dave Stow Trustee

    Dave was a trustee at Street Reach for three years before taking over as Chair from the long standing Jackie Porter. As Chair, Dave is looking to grow the reach and depth of Street Reach as it delivers on its mission to empower young people to recognise and achieve their full potential.

    In the past Dave was a volunteer and day lead for the Samaritans, and was a trustee of the local branch. He works at Ordnance Survey in his day job and lives in Alresford.

     

  • Katy Toms
    Katy Toms Trustee

    Katy is our Treasurer and has enabled us to plan our work by devising a bespoke accounting spreadsheet to monitor our annual spending, thereby ensuring that we keep to our budgets.  She is also very active in Micheldever where our youth club is held, holding various roles including Parish Councillor and Trustee of the local Pre-school.

  • Joanne Benson
    Joanne Benson Trustee

    My background is in the heritage sector, curating and managing local museums. I have had particular experience running community arts and culture projects; working with artists and other educators to encourage those who do not normally engage in the sector to invest in their local environment and heritage.
    As the mother of two girls I am very aware of the pressures on young women and am interested in how Street Reach can help address these issues with those they encounter.

  • Claire Heath
    Claire Heath Trustee

    Claire has worked in the charity sector for over 17 years in a range of leadership, fundraising and project management roles. She is currently Director of Philanthropy at the Community Foundation for Surrey and is responsible for managing relationships with donors, securing new funding partners and overseeing the marketing and communications team. She joined Street Reach as a Trustee in September 2020. Claire has lived in Winchester since 2012 with her husband and two cats and enjoys running and yoga in her spare time.

  • Rebecca Dunn
    Rebecca Dunn Trustee

    Having graduated from university in 2020, Rebecca moved back to Winchester and wished to contribute to the local community in her spare time. Her passion for helping all young people to fulfil their potential influenced her choice to become a trustee for Street Reach.
    She currently works closely with 11 to 18-year-olds in her role at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and has previously volunteered for organisations that aim to make a difference to the lives of young people, including the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Youth Commission and the Children’s Commissioner for England.

  • Andrew Gardner
    Andrew Gardner Trustee

    Andrew joined Street Reach late 2020 as a first-time trustee, looking for a way to make a positive community contribution helping young people. Andrew’s career experience has been mostly in the hospitality sector in commercially focused contractual relationship management roles. Andrew lives in Winchester, is married with two children and enjoys cycling, walking and tennis, plus being a Cub Scout Leader.

  • Natalie Shoemark-Dyer
    Natalie Shoemark-Dyer Trustee

    Natalie is an experienced trustee and joined Street Reach in 2020. Natalie’s experience is around governance in the Facilities Management sector as the Head of Quality on an MOD PFI project. Natalie lives in Grateley but thinks of Winchester as second home as she lived there whilst at university. Natalie is married with two young children and two crazy spaniels, in here spare time she enjoys reading, walking and painting.

  • Roy Patterson
    Roy Patterson Trustee

    Roy became a Trustee in May 2022. He is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in senior finance roles in a variety of industries as well as having significant experience in the management of Procurement, Commercial, IT and HR functions.  He is also a Governor at Kings’ School in Winchester and has a keen interest in providing young people with the best possible opportunities for their personal development.  Roy has lived in Winchester since 2008. Now retired, he enjoys keeping fit and playing golf.

  • Sarah Pease
    Sarah Pease Trustee

    Sarah joined Street Reach as a trustee in May 2022.  She also volunteers with Crimestoppers Trust, both as Chair for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Committee and also sitting on the charity’s Advisory Board.  Sarah’s professional career was in the aviation industry where she specialised in operational and corporate strategy.  She has lived in Winchester since 1995, with her two daughters growing up and going to school in the city.  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading, yoga, and wine tastings.

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