WHO WE ARE

Street Reach is a Winchester charity working 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In 2004, the young people using the service at the time felt that the charity name was outdated and so they chose ‘Street Reach’ as the re-branded name of the charity.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
  • Fiona Watton
    Fiona Watton Project Lead Youth Worker - Micheldever
  • Laura Mulcahy
    Laura Mulcahy Project Lead Youth Worker
  • Fiona Taylor
    Fiona Taylor Project Lead Youth Worker
  • Amanda Parsons
    Amanda Parsons Project Lead Youth Worker
  • Charlie Palmer-Cogan
    Charlie Palmer-Cogan Project Lead Youth Worker
  • Jamie Boder
    Jamie Boder Project Lead Youth Worker
  • Doug Samuel
    Doug Samuel Project Lead Youth Worker
  • Stuart Pritchard
    Stuart Pritchard Youth Worker - Micheldever
  • Nathan King
    Nathan King Youth Worker - Micheldever
  • Rochelle Warner
    Rochelle Warner Youth Worker
  • Jackie Porter
    Jackie Porter Trustee

    Jackie is the Chair of Trustees and has been a trustee of Street Reach for nearly twenty years now! She has a role at the County Council involving children and gets involved day to day with safeguarding, education and social care of children from aged two to 18. Jackie is also the Chair of a number of other local charities, including a Pre-school and a walking charity.

    Jackie’s decision to become involved with Street Reach happened after she was asked to consider being a magistrate.  “I decided not to become a magistrate but instead, work with a charity that develops young people to their full potential and gives them a chance. I am really proud that with the help of our stunning staff, that is exactly what we do!”

  • Daisy Robinson
    Daisy Robinson Trustee

    Daisy is Community Development Manager for Eastleigh Youth & Community Trust. She specialises in youth and disability focused projects alongside managing a thriving community centre. Daisy previously managed Street Reach from 2008-2011 and has been a Trustee since 2011. Prior to this she worked free-lance delivering dance and drama activities for children and adults with disabilities. Daisy has extensive experience in volunteer management and is currently studying part-time for a PhD, researching peer-buddy volunteering for children with disabilities. Daisy brings her voluntary sector experience with significant knowledge of youth work, disability and volunteer management.

  • Ann Alexander
    Ann Alexander Trustee

    Ann was a family mediator in private practice and with National Family Mediation and Legal Services Commission accredited organisations for 20 years.  Prior to that she was a director of companies in the insurance, financial planning and property fields.  Ann has, in the past, been a volunteer for The Samaritans, a drug and alcohol advisory service and a local residential home.

  • Simon Hughes
    Simon Hughes Trustee

    Simon Hughes moved to Micheldever, Hampshire in 1996. Married Belinda in 1998 and we have two sons, Jamie  and Andrew. I chose a fulfilling career as an engineer (I was always taking things apart as a child) and spent my early professional life on water treatment projects, moving at the start of this millennium, to providing mobile phone networks at a local company. I have always been involved in some form of voluntary work, previously using my engineering skills to build gadgets to help disabled people through the “Remap” charity, organising events for an environmental charity, or being a former governor of my local primary school. Presently I help out at various local village events in Micheldever and I am a trustee for Street Reach.

  • 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.

  • Nicki Elks
    Nicki Elks Trustee

    I am a mother of 4 and now a grandmother of 5. Before retiring I was Head of History at a comprehensive school in Southampton. Because of my background I am very enthusiastic about being involved in a charity which is there to support young people. Since May 2016 I have been a Winchester City Councillor for the ward which includes Winnall, (where Street Reach has an outreach programme, delivering detached youth work sessions on Tuesday evenings). I have enjoyed becoming more involved in the community of Winnall and can bring this experience to my role of Trustee at Street Reach.

  • Dave Stow
    Dave Stow Trustee

    Dave Stow was an important part of the working group to overhaul our website. He is an Enterprise Architect for Ordnance Survey 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.

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