Victoria Burrows – Project Manager
I’ve lived and worked in Nottingham all of my life and previously owned and managed my own business. I am passionate about working with the most vulnerable in our community and am committed to ensuring we deliver a high quality, accessible and approachable service.
Kerry Devine – Senior Practitioner
I have been a qualified social worker for over 20 years and have worked in a number of statutory settings including probation, adult mental health and older peoples services. I consider myself fortunate to be working at Improving Lives with a team that is committed to offering person centred, compassionate support to people with complex needs.
Stacey Foster – Personal Navigator
I have worked in the voluntary sector for 7 years mainly supporting people to become active in their community through volunteering. I joined Improving Lives in January and am looking forward to supporting people who often aren’t able to access the support they need.
Veronica O’Callaghan – Project Facilitator
I joined the team in the summer of 2016, and am able to use my qualified social work experience within mental health, to continue to work alongside and support people with complex health and social care needs. I’m finding being involved in the voluntary sector challenging and interesting, and feel encouraged to be part of such a supportive and innovative team at Improving Lives.
Rachel Hollands – Support worker
I am a qualified teacher and counsellor, have worked with children and adults with complex health and social needs in the community of Nottingham for almost 20 years. I have had the privilege of supporting people at Improving Lives for the past 3 years.
Paul Ainger – Support Worker
I have been supporting vulnerable people with complex needs in a number of voluntary settings for almost 20 years. These have included, street homeless people, unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people linked to street gangs in south London. I qualified as a social worker in 2010.
I consider it a privilege to be part of such a compassionate and approachable team and to make a real difference in people’s lives.
Kirby Stebbing – Support Worker
Before I joined Improving Lives, I held a range of roles in respite care, youth advocacy and empowerment, as a trainer delivering domestic abuse awareness and self-esteem sessions and as a counsellor for a national listening service for young people. I have worked mainly with young people over my career, but have also worked with vulnerable adults, specifically as a peer supporter for many years for adults with burns and scars.
I feel very privileged to be working with a team at Improving Lives who are as passionate and dedicated as I am to putting people at the centre and providing the support they need and deserve.
Stephanie Sampson – Volunteer Coordinator
I am a current part-time PhD student and have been volunteering with Improving Lives for the past two years. I was fortunate to be offered the opportunity to take on the role of volunteer coordinator within the organisation, and work towards promoting the many positive values of Improving Lives through my role, including person-centeredness, compassion and reliability.
I am the newest addition to the team and have recently returned to work following maternity leave. I have a wealth of administrative and project management experience from both large public and private sector organisations.
I am looking forward to working within a great team that support people in the community in which I live.
Guy Askadsky – Support Worker
I am a qualified social worker, and since my graduation in 2001 I have been working for various charities and social services in Israel and Canada. Most of my work has been with elderly people, immigrants and people facing mental health problems. For me being able to make a difference in lives of isolated or otherwise disadvantaged people has been a highly rewarding experience.
I feel very excited to be joining the Improving Lives team as a community support worker.
Josh Wood – Support Worker
During my career, I have been fortunate enough to support adults with a learning disability to live more independent lives, facilitate self help groups and most recently coordinate a volunteer service to support people affected by cancer in Nottinghamshire. I’m very excited to join Improving Lives’ new project to support vulnerable adults within the local Jewish community. I’m looking forward to working alongside such a diversely talented team.
I also speak French and tell rubbish jokes: occasionally at the same time!