Staff

Directors

Campbell Livingston

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Director of Business Services and halow Care

Campbell.Livingston@halowproject.org.uk

 

Campbell has over 20 years’ experience in the sport, media, charity and education sectors. For the last decade, he was Director of Active Surrey, the county’s lead agency for physical activity, and responsible for Board and staff development, major funding applications and writing and implementing county-wide, multi-partner strategies. Over the last few years, he significantly increased Active Surrey’s diverse income streams, re-focused delivery on high priority groups, attained Quest (the leisure industry business quality standard) and met the UK’s Code for Sports Governance.

 

Campbell has lived in Guildford for 13 years, is a trustee on the Athena Schools Trust Board and has extensive event management experience at both local and international sports competitions.

 

Campbell said “I am really excited to be joining halow as it is such a well-run charity with a great team of committed staff, trestees and supports who make such a massive difference to the lives of young people with learning disabilities.”

Graham O’Connor

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Director of halow project Services and ‘Building Futures’ Manager

Graham.O’Connor@halowproject.org.uk

 

I joined halow in April 2016 as the Building Futures Manager, and have overseen its expansion from a one year to a three-year rolling programme.

 

I feel passionate about our Building Futures programme. The best thing about my role is seeing the young people develop through the programme, and then seeing them achieve things that nobody would have thought possible! I am really proud of all of the achievements that the young people make with us.

 

Working for halow is fantastic because the charity has such strong roots in helping people achieve their goals and build their futures.

 

My favourite halow memory…

 

…After all of the hard work of expanding into a progressive 3-year programme, our first Year C decided to have a go at doing their Duke of Edinburgh silver award expeditions on bikes! I think it shows the Building Futures ethos of being highly person-centred, and maximising the achievements of every young person.

Building Futures Team

Mel Simmonds

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Building Futures Deputy Manager and Year Leader

Mel.Simmonds@halowproject.org.uk

 

I first joined halow in 2010 after seeing an advert in the paper and deciding that, without a doubt, this was where I needed to work! Since then, I have worked in various roles, but found Building Futures to be by far, the best fit for me. I enjoy adventuring, outdoor activities, helping people and trying new things. In Building Futures, we cover an incredible variety of different sessions that enrich the lives of the young people and help them to develop their life skills which means that every day is totally different. The best bit is that the person-centred nature of the programme means that we develop sessions depending on the needs of the group; it is very much led by the individuals that are with us at that time.

 

 

I count myself lucky every day that I get to work with our young people. Each day I learn from them and each day they inspire me.

 

 

I took a break to go travelling a couple of years ago, but thankfully an opportunity arose for me to be able to come back and re-join the halow family. Everyone here has one thing in common and that’s an enormous amount of passion for our job. It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of.

Siona Booth

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Building Futures Year Leader

Siona.Booth@halowproject.org.uk

 

I have been with halow since February 2017 and feel very fortunate to work as a year leader on the building futures programme.  Every day is different and I have the pleasure to work with some fantastic inspirational young people in and around the Guildford area with our fantastic partners.  The young people are really involved in creating some very person centred sessions learning from each other.  We get the opportunity to enjoy some amazing outdoor learning activities plus a local raft race and of course achieve their Duke of Edinburgh awards.  I am always excited to come to work and see what each day brings.

Kirk Foat

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Building Futures Year Leader

Kirk.Foat@halowproject.org.uk

 

I joined the halow family back in 2014 as a buddy working 1:1 getting to know and support many young people. After three years and gaining my degree I sought a challenge and moved across to the Building Futures programme and I am now a Building Futures year leader. In this role I get to work with truly amazing young people every day, teaching a variety of different things such as work skills, outdoor learning and pathways to independence.  I am very lucky to get to be a part of each young people’s journey, getting to see them transform through their time at halow. At halow we focus on each individual’s passions, talents and interests always highlighting the positives and successes of each young person. The best thing about my job is that we get to build great relationships with each young person and ultimately get to make a difference in their lives.

Gemma Le Brun

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Building Futures Year Leader

Gemma.LeBrun@halowproject.org.uk

 

I joined halow in 2019 and I work in the Building Futures project team. I have previous experience working with young adults and children with special educational needs in an educational setting.

 

What I love about halow is that my job is to help them achieve their goals. The young people are the ones in control of their future goals and how they want to achieve them. We have a wonderfully honest relationship with each of the young people we support, and I really enjoy finding the best ways to support them and help them to thrive and grow in their independence. It is very special to watch them progress.  Every day is different, one day could be gardening at the allotment, the next making afternoon tea for friends and family, all while learning new skills in many different areas of lives. The best thing is that I get to laugh and have so much fun with all the young people, they make me smile every day.

Mike Austin

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Building Futures Project Worker

Mike.Austin@halowproject.org.uk

 

I joined halow at the start of 2018 as part of our buddy service and joined the Building Futures team later that year. I help to deliver a huge variety of sessions throughout the year, supporting our young people to learn about relationships, work and their community among many things, as well as discovering and working towards their ambitions. Working with the young people on the programme and supporting them as they challenge themselves and grow is always a great experience. I feel very lucky, being able to be part of their journeys and successes.

 

The best thing about the job is having the opportunity to work with such a lovely group of people every day.

Jade Elarjouni

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Building Futures Project Worker

Alex Matuszewska

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Building Futures Project Worker

Social Activities Team

Jason Butcher

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Social Activities Co-ordinator

Jason.Butcher@halowproject.org.uk

 

As Social Activities Coordinator, I make visits to schools and colleges and transition events to promote all our services, network with local organisations to come up with new events and activities. I also interview possible new volunteers- and that’s not including all the activities we do day to day!

 

Why I love my job…


…No two days are the same. I enjoy seeing the young people come to the office and knowing in some way well over a 1100 of them who come on our activities.  I also enjoy seeing the parents being able to take a break from their responsibilities in the knowledge their young person will be looked after and, most importantly, will be having fun and meeting their friends.

 

I have been at halow since we first started working with the young people in January 2009, so I have known some of our young people for nearly 10 years and seeing them grow and be more independent has been amazing!

A Reason To Get Up Team

Aisha Ariakutti

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A Reason To Get Up Co-ordinator

Aisha.Ariakutti@halowproject.org.uk

 

I started my journey with halow project in 2013 when I was studying for an MSC in Learning Disabilities, and now I am the A Reason to Get Up Coordinator. I deliver some wonderfully creative activities, the best thing about it is how the young people make each day different.

 

What makes halow different is that the young people are definitely in the driving seat, making decisions about their lives. I am really lucky to see the journey a lot of our young people have experienced over the years, you don’t get that in many other jobs.

 

My favourite part of the day…
Is laughing! There is always something that makes you feel cheerful when working here.

Katie Arbon

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Cross Project Worker

Katie.Arbon@halowproject.org.uk

 

I started working for halow in 2017 as a buddy, working 1:1 with various halow young people before becoming the Cross-Project Worker.

 

Over this time, I have enjoyed getting to know all of the young people who attend our activities and supporting them on their journey to independence.

 

From social activities, to work experience, team building to healthy living; halow gives young people the opportunity to try new things and discover many opportunities available in the community.

 

The best part is seeing the friendships which have been formed and the sense of achievement when someone exceeds their goals.

Fundraising and Communications Team

Helene Williams

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Fundraising Manager

Helene.Williams@halowproject.org.uk

 

I originally joined halow in March 2017 as a fundraising volunteer, progressing in 2018 to a permanent position as Fundraising Manager.

 

We try to engage in as many different fundraising methods as possible, continuously looking for new and adventurous ways to raise money for the charity. There is always something new happening where can help raise funds or awareness of halow, it’s important we remain current with our fundraising strategies and campaigns. There is nothing better than receiving a donation from a fundraising event, knowing it will help a young person with a learning disability live the life they choose

 

The best thing about my job…

 

…Sometimes the young people we support come to the office after attending one of our programmes, and they tell me about the fantastic day or activity they’ve had with their friends. Talking to the young people makes me feel so happy and proud, I understand why I am doing my job. They are all amazing, and spending time with them is really rewarding.

Sarah Squire

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Trusts and Grants Manager

Trusts@halowproject.org.uk

 

I am a freelance Trusts and Grants Fundraiser who supports small to medium charities to raise funds from grant-making trusts.  I work two days per week for halow and spend the rest of my time working with charities in places as far flung as Stroud, Plymouth and Edinburgh. I have worked for halow for nearly 2 years and I am passionate about the work they do.

Rosie Walker

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Fundraising Officer

Rosie.Walker@halowproject.org.uk

 

I started working with halow in March 2019 as a cover for the receptionist role knowing nothing about the charity. At that point in my life I was not sure what direction I wanted my career to take and had been doing several office roles through Office Angels. I soon realised that halow is a lovely charity and place to work. I decided to apply for the Fundraising Officer position in June 2019 which I managed to get. This role has so many different parts to it. Every day is different, and I love being part of such a valuable cause and wonderful team. I don’t work with the young people directly, but I see them often in the office and when I am out taking pictures. They are all so amazing, always chatting to me and showing me all their fabulous work. I love being a part of their journeys.

Finance Team

Jane Weaver

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Finance Manager

Clare Byrnes

HR Team

Karen Parrant

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HR Manager

HR@halowproject.org.uk

 

I joined halow in 2012 as a part-time Admin Officer, and have been fortunate enough to be supported by halow to develop with the organisation and now hold the position of HR Manager having successfully completing my CIPD HR Diploma in 2019.

 

During my time at halow I have learnt that albeit my role doesn’t provide direct frontline delivery it is a very important aspect of halow as it indirectly supports our young people by developing strategies and policies to support our team that are out there supporting our young people. The halow team collaboratively agreed our organisational values and behaviours in 2017 and I very am proud of all the resulting hard work and commitment that our team has put in motion to ensure that  these are realised ranging from streamlining staff contract terms and conditions, staff welfare support, setting up a task force to work toward our organisational objective of delivery ‘exceptional person centred care’, supporting our staff as best we could during a very difficult and unpredictable Pandemic in 2020 and coming out of the other side ready to continue with our improvements and creating new and exciting recruitment and staff training plans.  As an organisation we always strive to be the best that we can be.

 

My favourite halow memories…

…I love going to watch Building Futures compete in the Guildford raft race every July, it is such a great atmosphere with huge numbers of the community turning out to support the race and there is such sense of achievement for the young people when they cross that finishing line.

Preeti Patel

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Business Support Officer

Clare Lawrance

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Recruitment and Training Coordinator

Clare.Lawrance@halowproject.org.uk

 

Joining halow is an exciting new career opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward seeing all the programmes and activities in action! I’m a nurse by background and have worked in a few different specialities since I qualified in 2003. I’ve always found it fascinating meeting and working with so many different people – I love finding out what inspires people in their work and then using that to create & deliver training sessions that will help to further develop their skills and knowledge.

 

I’ll be helping with recruitment and training for halow staff and volunteers – it will be such a privilege to see people join the charity, develop in their role and get involved in supporting the wonderful young people.

 

I feel really lucky to have joined such a welcoming team and can’t wait to start working alongside everyone.

 

halow Care Team

Juliet Stanford

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halow Care Service Manager

Juliet.Stanford@halow.org.uk

 

I joined the halow team in 2016, now working as the halow Care Services Manager. My role involves everything from helping our young people find accommodation, to training Buddies to help our young people live their lives independently.

 

What’s great about halow is that it’s all about the young people, everything we do strives towards helping young people with a learning disability have the same opportunities as anyone else.

 

My favourite halow memory…

 


…When I started at halow, I attended a lot of the Social Activities to get to know the people we support. We had an incredible day at Thorpe Park, everyone had so much fun and I really felt like I was becoming part of the halow family!

Jonny Wells

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Deputy halow Care Service Manager

Jonny.Wells@halowproject.org.uk

 

I joined halow in 2013 as Supported living buddy. I wanted to be in a job role that was rewarding and had opportunities for me to grow as I wanted to pursue a career in health and social care and halow seemed the perfect place to do that. 7 Years later, I am now the Deputy Manager of Care services, overseeing 7 Supported living houses, over 40 members of staff and a 1:1 buddy service. Over the years, seeing the Y/P we support achieve goals and gain independence in their lives, has been the biggest reward the job could offer and I look forward to continuing my career and working with some of the best colleagues I have ever worked with.

Jane Wilcox

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halow Care Service Assistant

Jane.Wilcox@halowproject.org.uk

I started as a Buddy in February 2011 and in June that year became the halow Buddy Assistant. I am now the halow Care Assistant, liaising with parents, carers, young people and Buddies.

I love talking to the young people when they come into the office and seeing the progress they’ve made in the years that I’ve known them. I also look forward to working with my fantastic colleagues, halow really is special in its passion from the staff; everything we do puts the young people first.

A happy halow memory…


…Supporting a group of young people at Butlins for the weekend, everyone had such a brilliant time! It’s really gratifying seeing the young people we support enjoy themselves thanks to halow. 

Douglas Bendall-Breen

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halow Lead Buddy

Douglas.Bendall-Breen@halowproject.org.uk

 

I joined halow back in 2015 whilst studying as I wanted to help make a difference to people’s lives whilst working flexibly around my studies. After a few years I was promoted to a lead buddy role and now really enjoy overseeing the two houses I look after, working closely with the young people and the staff within the houses.

 

One of my favourite parts of the job is getting to see the young people we support grow in confidence and independence, continually gaining new skills required to access the same life choices and chances as any other person.

 

I find my role to be so much more rewarding than many others I could consider outside of the care sector and I really enjoy the engagement and support we provide to our young people on a daily basis.

David Elcombe

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Rachel Lukes

Tom Ruddock

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halow Senior Buddy

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