Children and Families
Beth joined our Children and Families team in 2023. She has an extensive background in Corporate Communications and Marketing but transitioned into pastoral youth work while completing her degree in Theology at Nazarene Theological College, Manchester. She moved to Bolton in July 2020 to pursue pro-active faith-based community work. Along with her husband she began supporting an addiction recovery programme.
Beth is a local Church and Youth Pastor and is nearing completion of her Masters in Community Development and Social Change. It is her heart for faith-based youth and community work that brought her to work with us at Urban Outreach. She is delighted to have the opportunity to positively influence and support young people and their families and develop positive relationships. It is her heart’s desire to see individuals become the best versions of themselves that they can be.
Chris joined Urban Outreach in September 2021 with a varied background which includes a degree in Environmental Science and Community Work practicing ‘radical hospitality’ for a Methodist Church in Liverpool. Throughout this experience Chris developed a heart for faith-based community work and the safeguarding of young people. Upon moving to Bolton, Chris loved getting involved with Urban Outreach, volunteering to help with Bolton Lunches and Christmas Dinner on Jesus and was then delighted to get the opportunity to join our Children and Families Team.
Georgia joined the Children and Families team in September 2023. Before joining us, she worked as a corporate tax accountant. Georgia decided to leave her training and look for a role where she could be directly involved in helping young people, which is what led her to Urban Outreach. She also has a Youth Pastor role and has a degree in Religions and Theology. She has been involved in youth and children’s work since 2014 and is passionate about seeing young people live lives to their full. Her hope is for every young person to know there are people who see the ‘gold’ in them, want to see them thrive and will support them to do so.
Helen joined the children and Families team in August 2023. She works on our RISE project supporting 8-11 year olds with their emotional well-being. She comes from a background of primary school teaching, her most recent experience being in the specials school setting. She brings a passion to help young people thrive whatever their abilities or experiences. Helen is also an authorised Lay Minister in her local parish of St Peter’s Halliwell, where her main focus is to see people with learning differences and disabilities included within services and parish life.
Prior to joining our team in August 2022, Kristen was a youth worker. Working in a variety of settings across Bolton including the youth club “Zac’s Youth Bar” in Farnworth, her role as chaplaincy and schools work officer led her do a lot of work in local schools. She has also worked as a youth minister for two local churches in Horwich and Halliwell. Kristen longs to see young people know they are loved, valued, and have huge potential. In her new role she looks forward to encouraging, building-up and supporting more young people, and see them live out full and hope-filled lives.
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 Children and Families 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.
Nigel initially joined us in 2018 to look after our service providing emergency food parcels and utility top-ups to people in crisis. He now provides administrative support and data analysis for the Children and Families Team. Before coming to us, Nigel worked in ambulance services, education and computing.