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The YRP Team
Cath Stamper - Chief Executive
Cath joined York Road Project in July 2012 after 5 years working in the homeless sector in Guildford. She is responsible for managing all of the services provided at YRP and also works with commissioners and potential funders to ensure the continuing viability of the organisation in order to provide the best, client centred support possible.
Amanda McWilliams - Operations Manager - Accommodation
Amanda joined the YRP team in July 2013 and oversees the smooth running of all of YRP accommodation based services with particular attention to the Night Shelter. She has vast experience in supported housing having previously worked at the YMCA in both Surbiton and Romford.
Fay Kearley - Operations Manager - Day Services
Fay has previously worked with homeless clients whilst at at Vaughan House in Guildford and now manages all aspects of the day time provision including the Prop Day Centre. The Prop offers advice and skills training alongside activities which promote self esteem and confidence. Fay is passionate about music and coordinates the excellent York Road Project Homeless Choir.
Teresa Buckler- YRP Outreach Team
Teresa has been a member of our invaluable night project worker team for two years and decided that she wanted to moved to a full time position. She has lived in Woking for many years and knows the area very well and she has a passion for empowering clients to make changes for themselves.
Clare McCord - YRP Outreach Team
Clare started working for YRP in August 2015 delivering SHAWS. Clare has had a variety of job roles including working for Jobcentre Plus, supporting clients with mental health issues back into work, and more recently working for Riverside Housing providing support to people who were at risk of losing their tenancies. Clare has also worked at number 5 night shelter in Guildford and is looking forward to working with individuals who may be street homeless.
Timea Schmuck - Prop Project Worker/Admin Assistant
Timi is the newest member of the YRP team and comes to us from Hungary where she spent four years working with street homeless people. Half of Timi's role is to work with Jamie to deliver excellent workshops and to meet the needs of local rough sleepers. During the rest of the week, Timi supports Jane in all aspects of the administration of the project.
Night Project Workers
Darren, Lynn, Teresa, Henry, Ben, Anita, Jason, Kristina and Michael make up our dedicated team of Project Workers who support the clients who are staying overnight in the shelter. They complete assessments and support plans as well as assisting clients to look towards future housing options.
Mel Jones - Kitchen Supervisor
Mel runs the kitchen and prepares delicious meals for the clients both in the night shelter and Day Centre. She is focused on healthy eating, runs cooking workshops and offers clients work experience in the kitchen under her supervision. She is also very sporty and so is the obvious person to lead our sports workshops.
Jane Blackburn - Bookkeeper/Administrator
Jane is responsible for all of the administrative duties which relate to the smooth running of the organisation. She does everything from ordering pens to making sure that everyone is paid and everything else in between!
The Board of Trustees
Overseeing the whole organisation is the board of trustees whose role is to ensure that YRP is run in accordance with The Charities Commission guidelines. The Board members are:
Beryl Keeley - Chairwoman - Beryl has been a Woking resident for a number of years. She works in London and her walk to the office has often provided a reminder of homelessness. Beryl is keen to make a difference where she can and so became a trustee of The York Road Project.
William Hammond - Treasurer - Bill lives in Woking and works in London. He has a very busy life and claims that he used to have some hobbies but now has a wife, two little kids and a full time job - he does sometimes have some spare time on a Sunday between 2 and 2.15pm!
Graham Ball - Graham has been a resident of Woking since 1960 and a supporter of YRP since 1995. As a Christian he felt challenged to work out what 'love your neighbour' meant in practice and helping those in need of a place to stay seemed to be what God wanted him to do. He's always liked messing about in boats and currently has a narrow boat called Hunky Dory. Graham was YRP Chairman until October 2015.
Garry Rutherford - Garry first moved to Woking in 1978 and, apart from some time working overseas, he has been based here ever since. He joined the Project as a trustee after reading an appeal which seemed to be addressed to his exact circumstances at the time. His occupation prior to retirement was reinsurance but his passion has always been music - playing, singing and listening.
Andrew Humphreys - Andrew brings a wealth of experience in managing projects for disadvantaged client groups in the voluntary and public sectors to YRP, currently holding a national portfolio for a large housing association. He has lived all his life in Woking, Andrew is married with a young son and attends Christ Church Woking. Motivated by his belief in God’s love for each individual and the power of communities to improve people’s lives, Andrew has been a YRP trustee since 2005 having been involved in the project as a volunteer for several years before that.
John Mayne - Secretary - John is a professional Electrical Engineer, having worked for 35 years with a locally based firm of Mechanical and Electrical Consulting Engineers. He brings experience of building services and project management to the York Road Project and advises on matters of Health and Safety. He is an active member of Christ Church, Woking.
Mike Rivers - Mike has over 20 years experience of working in the social housing sector in the areas of homelessness, housing advice and the letting of Council and housing association housing. Before his housing career Mike worked as a professional musician but unfortunately for him the fickle finger of fame and fortune pointed elsewhere - music's loss was housing's gain! Mike lives in Woking with his young family and is a member of the Coign church. He enjoys walks in the countryside, keeping fit and playing squash. Recently, after helping his children practice for their Karate gradings Mike decided to take Karate up himself - though his children are still way ahead of him!
Gary Messenger - Gary has worked in Homelessness for 14 years and is currently Head of Strategy and Partnership for the South of England at Homelesslink, supporting local authorities to adopt and implement a localised approach to prevent and tackle rough sleeping. His previous posts have included Head of the Homelessness Programme in central Government and responsible for supporting all local authorities homelessness strategies to tackle and prevent homelessness effectively. His hobbies include sport and wildlife and is particularly fascinated by Birds of Prey. Gary believes that those who work in homelessness should be looking to make themselves redundant - as only then can we say that we have truly succeeded in tackling it!