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
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.
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.
Katherine - Manager 16+ Leaving Care
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.
Kayleigh - Deputy Manager
I help with the running of The Sanctuary Project alongside the Directors. I have a Level 3 in Health and Social Care, and I also do support work with the young people to help them reach independence.
Bryony - Support Worker
I have a BA Hons Degree in Youth and Community Studies and a Foundation Degree in Health and Wellbeing. My passion for working with young people has been driven by my life experiences and being a parent at such a young age. I have put my own experiences into practice within my professional experiences. I have worked with individuals in settings such as domestic violence, family support and prison. I am passionate about supporting young people and helping them to achieve their full potential. I love being part of The Sanctuary Project Team.
Stacey - Support Worker
My youth work practice has been driven by my personal experiences as a care leaver and as a young parent to my son. I am highly passionate about supporting and promoting the rights of young people and believe each and every young person should be supported to achieve their full potential. I have a BA Hons Degree in Youth and Community Studies and a Foundation Degree in Health and Wellbeing. I have enjoyed ten years of experience working with individuals in a variety of settings, including; hospitals, ante-natal clinics, domiciliary care, schools and colleges, and now I love being part of the team at The Sanctuary Project!
If you'd like to know more about The Sanctuary Project or to arrange a visit, please get in touch.