Children and Families
Chrystal joined the RUNA team as a RUNA Response worker in November 2018. Prior to this, she had been involved in the fitness industry for a number of years and had been a valued volunteer in our Storehouse project. Chrystal has a background in the Children and Youth ministry at her local church and has a real passion for supporting young people through the many difficult challenges that they face in today’s climate. Chrystal’s desire is that through God’s amazing love she will be a vehicle in seeing the lives of many changed and transformed.
Dean joined the RUNA team in December 2018 after working in a support role in both mainstream and private education since 2012. Dean also has over 10 years’ experience working with young people on a voluntary basis at Bolton Little Theatre as a lighting designer. He has used his creativity and interpersonal skills to form strong relationships and positive outcomes for students and co-volunteers alike. Dean is committed to improving outcomes for children both in education and in family life.
Hayleigh joined RUNA in 2016 after working with vulnerable young people in residential settings for five years, including children’s homes and secure settings. She has a degree in Criminology from Lancaster University and has experience working closely with young people to develop relationships that help achieve positive outcomes within chaotic and dysfunctional lifestyles.
Janet joined the Family First team in 2016. Her background includes working with children and young people in mainstream and special educational settings as a behaviour support worker and teaching assistant. She has also previously worked as a family support worker, and parenting practitioner delivering the Triple P and Incredible Years courses. Her passion is to see each and every individual built up to realise their amazing value and worth, to support them to reach their full potential, and to facilitate positive family relationships.
Mim joined the RUNA Response Team as a project worker in March 2019. She has been involved in various children and youth projects for over twenty years and is a qualified Level 3 play worker and nursery nurse having set up and run a number of parent and child community groups. Mim is also a fully qualified swimming instructor, teaching children from local primary schools, a gym instructor and personal trainer. Mim has joined the RUNA team to make a positive impact on the lives of young people, to offer a listening ear without judgement, and offer support and advice. Her heart is for young people to find their purpose, to be able to fulfil their potential and succeed!
Nicola has a varied background encompassing managing education/ training projects for children and young people in both the voluntary and social care sector. Alongside this, she has worked as a safeguarding trainer, disability advocate in Further Education and an Early Years Practitioner. As our RUNA Team Leader, she is dedicated and skilled in working with children and families to support and empower them in dealing with the complex issues that can affect daily life. Nicola’s desire is to bring hope and encouragement.
Simone joined the Family First team in March 2020 having previously worked in both the private and the voluntary sector supporting adults with learning and mental health difficulties. She has a Certificate in Education (14+) and prior to her appointment at Urban Outreach taught Health and Social Care at Bolton College. Simone is an active member of her local church where she serves as Warden and Authorised Lay minister specialising in pastoral care. She is enthusiastically dedicated to empowering those who suffer disadvantage, so that they are able to realise their full potential and flourish.
Tina is our Children, Families and Adult Support Services Team Leader. She oversees our Eve’s Space, Family First, Support First and Streetlife Projects. Tina is a qualified social worker and has worked in Children’s Services, the Youth Service, Solution Focused Consultancy and the Voluntary Sector on an international youth and schools work project. She has over twenty two years of experience working with children, families and adults. Tina has been a Christian for many years and loves God wholeheartedly! She has a great desire to see peoples’ lives saved and transformed.