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About The Sanctuary Project

Our Vision

At The Sanctuary Project, we believe in supporting and nurturing young people, to help them to grow and develop the skills and confidence they need to live full lives. We know some young people need more support than others and have had difficult challenges in their lives to overcome. That is why all our services are based around you as an individual and what you want to achieve. 

Meet our staff

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Debbie - Owner of The Sanctuary Project

I spent 20 years working for the government and had lots of different posts in that time. At the same time, I worked for two years volunteering in HMP Newhall, making sure people in prison were treated fairly. I worked mostly with the young people who were in prison. On an evening I also worked as a part-time Youth Worker, working for NACRO as part of a programme to help children and families in crisis. 

I hold an NVQ Level 4/5 in Working with Children and Young People, as well as other qualifications, which support the work we do.

Launching The Sanctuary Project has been the best job I have ever had and the most rewarding. Mark and I are totally committed to each young person we support and will do everything we can to help each of them achieve their dreams.   

In developing our Domiciliary Care outreach service we have personal experience of Autistic Spectrum Condition and Learning Disabilities, so we have a passion for helping young people to gain the skills they need to live independently and get the most out of life. 

We love our work and feel extremely blessed to see our young people flourish and grow, and increase their skills and confidence. 

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Mark - Owner of The Sanctuary Project

I spent over 25 years working as a mechanic and an electrician in private industry. I really enjoyed being an electrician. Having a faith encounter changed everything. I was approached to set up the Bikeshed in Wakefield, working part-time as an electrician, as well as working for NACRO as a Youth Worker. I delivered bike workshops for children who needed some extra support and a listening ear. I also went to Russia on a Mission with Samaritans Purse to run a summer camp for children affected by Chernobyl. My wife was desperate to get The Sanctuary Project off the ground and I agreed we would set the project up and I eventually gave up work and agreed to run the project with her. 

Having struggled for years with education I reluctantly agreed to do my NVQ and I was delighted when I achieved my Level 3 in Working with Children and Young People. I have also gone on to complete lots of different courses, which have helped me to gain a better understanding about the issues our young people face.

I really enjoy the work we do and, like my wife, I am passionate about delivering an outstanding service to our young people. 

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Katherine - Service Manager

Before coming to The Sanctuary Project, Katherine worked within leaving care for over 10 years. “I have worked for numerous providers and local authorities in a variety of different roles, all supporting young people
into independence. I am passionate about working with young people, supporting them to grow and develop. I believe all young people should have access to the same opportunities and be allowed the chance to shine.

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Kayleigh - Deputy Manager & Support Worker

I help with the running of The Sanctuary Project alongside the Directors and Manager. I have a Level 3 in Health and Social Care, ICT and Business Administration and Level 5 in Management and Leadership. I also do support work with the young people to help them reach independence. I thoroughly enjoy working at The Sanctuary Project and wish to help the young people achieve their goals and aspirations in life.


Gabby - Night Supervisor

Before coming to the Sanctuary Project, I worked to support a wide range of vulnerable people of different ages with a variety of different physical and psychological disablements. I supported them to ensure they reached as much independence as possible. 

I am passionate about my work and take pride in watching young people progress and go onto independence. I feel privileged to be able to be part of the process.


Kaye Lyon- Support Worker

I am currently a student studying my social work degree at the University of Leeds. As part of my course, I have completed various placements in the social work sector, one of which, was the project. After completing my placement here, I was asked to stay and work long-term, which was a dream come true as I thoroughly loved the work I had been doing!I also have experience in working with vulnerable young people, young people with learning disabilities as well young children and babies, some of which had special educational needs. I also have a grade A qualification in Level 3 Early years education and an extensive knowledge of childhood development and theory. I am always eager to develop my skills and potential.


Tanya - Support Worker

I am currently a mature student at Leeds University studying a Foundation Degree in Child and Family Studies. Although I'm new to the Social care sector, I feel I can relate to many of our young people with all my past life experiences. I didn't have the best start in life but with a great support network I wouldn't be where I am today. This has given me passion to want to give something back to society and help others.


Janet - Domiciliary Carer

I am a qualified Social Worker registered with the HCPC.  I gained my Qualification in 1999 and worked for a Local Authority initially working with Older People from 1999-2003. 

In 2003 I obtained a management post working with Adults 18 plus where I remained until 2012. When I moved to Learning and Development I was responsible for managing Social Work Students and newley qualified Social Work Education.

My job changed in 2016 and I took a 18 month work break.  In November this year, I accepted a support worker post in Domiciliary Care at the Sanctuary Project  and I am thoroughly enjoying the post.


Tom - Support Worker & Deputy Manager

I have experience working with people with learning disabilities in both residential and community settings. 

I have a degree in  social work and extensive experience of living and working with young people who are living in the care system. 

My passion is to see our young people reach their full potential and live in there own tenancies. 

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Bryony Stokes - Team Leader

I have a First Class Bachelor's Degree in Youth and Community Studies and a Foundation Degree in Health and Well-Being. During my studies, I completed my own research into CSE and looked after young people, and education for care leavers. I have enjoyed working in a wide range of rewarding roles within the social care sector, including; family support, domestic violence, prisons, and support work. I love being part of the team at the Sanctuary Project, It is a real pleasure to support young people, promote their rights and encourage them to reach their full potential and be part of their journey into independence!


Eve Murray - Support Worker

I’m currently a student studying social work at the University of Leeds. As part of my course, I am required to complete a placement, which brought me to the project. I thoroughly enjoyed my role as a support worker with the young people and was so grateful when I was asked to stay at the project. I hope to help the young people to achieve their goals and encourage them to progress with their lives. It’s amazing to watch how, with the right level of support, a young person can come so far in such a short space of time and I feel so lucky to be a part of that.