Meet Our Housing Team

Committed to providing full support for young people

Mark Stokes

Mark Stokes

Service Manager

I am a gentle giant that has a passion for seeing young people achieve their full potential. I love fishing rugby and am a lifelong Liverpool FC football fan.

What is it you love about your role within C2I:

  • Working with all the service users and helping to bridge the gap that has been missing in their lives
  • helping them on their way to independence

Here are 3 fun facts about me

  • I’ve never had a Nando’s
  • I can do the caterpillar forward
  • Once got attacked by John Entwistle Irish wolfhound  while decorating his house
Andrew Wellington

Andrew Wellington

Team Leader

I am self-motivated, creative, and enthusiastic individual with a high level of commitment and professionalism. Excellent communication skills (at all levels) and providing a quality service. I can work autonomously or as a team player with positive results.

I have worked in the public sector in Gloucestershire for over 3 decades (from 1989), Starting as a qualified Youth Worker, working with marginalised young people (some caught up in the criminal justice system) and moving on to support vulnerable adults with complex needs.

As a Team Leader my approach is, we work as a team, I have never been a ‘us and them’ person… The team succeeds & grows because we are a team & therefore, I work to building an atmosphere with communication being important. I work with an ethic of maintaining an excellent and healthy understanding of boundaries and risk including the importance of confidentiality. I thrive on feedback; either negative and positive I find it can help to improve and shape not only the team and me, but also the service to become better and more ‘people centred’ and makes for best practice for the Young People we are there to support.

From 2003 to 2013, I was the Project Manager of an award-winning home office funded Young People programme (Positive Future), focused on support, engaging young people into activities in the community. i.e. football coaching courses, forming dance groups, bullying prevention workshops, breaking down barriers between young people and police as well as 1 to 1 peer mentoring.

2013, I made career change to a Substance Misuse Practitioner with Turning Point (from 2017 with Change Grow Live) a drug and alcohol treatment service. In the role, as well as successfully supporting adults dependent on drug and or alcohol use through treatment to live substance free life. I was also selected to work in the Gloucestershire constabulary custody suite and with the IOM team and with prolific offenders in the community and in prison.

2017, I was TUPE’d over to CGL as a Recovery Navigator, this was for a short period as secured positions as Lead Network Coach (Emerging Futures CIC. As a lead network coach, I managed, supervised, and supported volunteers with training, guidance, and mentoring, building good working and partnerships with stakeholders, service users and local organisations. Create a recovery gateway for recovering abstinent individuals in the communities in Gloucester, Forest of Dean, Stroud, and Cirencester.

My previous position held before employment by C2I, was a Support Worker in a Temporary Supported Accommodation facility in Gloucester supporting and developing adults (often with complex needs) to help address their personal issue and concern working toward independent living. In addition, I have 16 years’ experience as a qualified Youth Worker for Gloucestershire Youth Service, NVQ level 2 qualified Gym Instructor & Restorative Justice Facilitator, and a tier3 Substance Misuse Practitioner, NVQ level 1 FA approved football coach & was the Treasurer for local football team.

Ben Hands

Ben Hands

Young Persons Worker

Hi I’m Ben, I currently work as a Duty Manager at a sports club and can’t wait to get started full time at C2I. In my spare time I play a lot of football, enjoy long walks with my fiancé and hopefully sometime in the near future we will add a little dog to the gang.

What is it your love about your role within C2I:

  • The opportunity to create a better future for individuals.
  • Using key skills I have acquired through university and past jobs and putting them to the best use possible in helping individuals achieve what they want to achieve.
  • To be able to work with likeminded people who share the same passion.
Jacob Ferguson

Jacob Ferguson

Young Persons Worker

I am driven by my family & my love for music. Sport is also a passion of mine; playing sports such as football, basketball, badminton, and table tennis. By 2023, I will have launched a business empowering the running of 6 a side football fixtures across the UK. This in turn, will benefit all young people that are housed by C2I & many other children in care. Like C2I, I want to ensure everything I do has a positive impact on peoples lives!
What is it you love about your role within C2I:
  • Being a part of a team of people willing to do whatever it takes to support young people in creating a firm foundation for their future.
  • I have an opportunity to change the care system
  • Being only 20, I am able to relate to the young people a lot more
  • I can make a living from helping people!
Here are 3 fun facts about me
  • I was born in Lewisham (South London)
  • I play 2 instruments & can sing like Adele
  • I have a non-identical twin
Jess George

Jess George

Young Persons Worker

Hi I’m Jess, My parents have fostered children in our family home since I was 7 years old. Growing up, I have learned that life is all about giving and helping others. I love the thought of being able to add value to someone’s life, even if it’s just for a short amount of time, as this could have a huge impact on their life in the grand scheme of things. I enjoy hiking, travelling, socialising with friends/family and going to the gym in my spare time. I’m very active, I love nature and just generally being out and about. What is it your love about your role within C2I:

  • Building a connection and engaging with young people to continue to develop their character and life skills.
  • Facing new challenges daily.
  • Preparing young people for their next step in life and challenges they may face.
  • Working with a wide range of young people and helping them to realise how amazing they already are!
Julie Lee

Julie Lee

Young Persons Worker

I like to have fun and enjoy myself I dislike ignorant people my hobbies are walking going out spending time with family and friends.

What is it you love about your role within C2I:

  • That I make a difference to a CYP lifestyle
  • I enjoy interacting with CYP
  • I have a great team and management
  • C2I are a great company and thrive on making CYP lives better

Here are 3 fun facts about me:

  • I’m hilarious
  • I’m understanding
  • I’m always happy
Keira – Jaye French-Bell

Keira – Jaye French-Bell

Young Persons Worker

I like to be on social media and spending time with my family in front of the tv, I enjoy horse riding and shopping and my dislikes are un-organisation and mess.

What is it you love about your role within C2I:

  • Making a difference
  • Meeting new people
  • Different challenges
  • No day being the same

Here are 3 fun facts about me

  • I use to dance
  • I’m an identical twin
  • I like fast cars
Leon Bayliss

Leon Bayliss

Young Persons Worker

Hi I am Leon I have recently joined the C2I team on a full-time basis and am looking forward to getting to know the YP and helping them grow life experiences to take into their own property and future life moving forward.

My hobbies are Gym, Gaming Football and walking

What is it you love about your role within C2I:

  • The opportunity to create a better future for individuals.
  • Using key skills I have acquired through armed forces and my previous role as a support worker, putting the YP first to ensure they have the best possible start to individuals achieve what they want to achieve.
  • To be able to work with people who share the same passion as I do.

Here are 3 fun facts about me:

  • I’d never try pineapple on pizza
  • Love the winter over summer.
  • My biggest phobia is moths
Nikki Fowke

Nikki Fowke

Young Persons Worker

Hello, my name is Nikki, I am a mum of two. I like socialising with my friends and spending time with my family!! I love being a support worker at C2I working with young people and supporting them to develop their life skills to aid their transition into adult hood. It gives me great pleasure to be a part of their journey.

Three Facts about me are:

  • I love my Holidays
  • I love to shop
  • When I was younger, I wanted to be a firefighter.
Ralph Dangerfield

Ralph Dangerfield

Young Persons Worker

Hi I’m Ralph I have recently joined C2I. I applied for the job because I wanted to better myself as well as being able to help others I believe my experiences through life can help me help others. I like rugby as well as cooking. One thing I dislike is lateness

What is it you love about your role within C2I:

  • The feeling of making a difference
  • preparing young people for a better future
  • Facing new challenges every day
  • Working alongside a great team

Here are 3 fun facts about me

  • I have 3 children
  • I completed the Fan dance a SAS selection course in 2018 in under 5 hours was given 6 
  • I can’t listen to Peter Andre mysterious girl when drunk because apparently, I think I’m him on the dance floor 

 

Sharron Chappell

Sharron Chappell

Young Persons Worker

I work within the housing team  

I have worked for C2I for about a year but for a month now, I have been working in the housing team

I am a mother of 2 boys 22 and 20 so I have always had a job to fit around them. But I took the plunged and came to work for C2I full time and it’s the best decision I have made. I have been a youth worker and with a lot of kids in care and always wanted a job that made a difference to someone. Even if a little one then I’m happy. And also have my boy my dog love taking him for walks.

What I love about my role

  • Making a difference to the young person big or small
  • Facing new things on a daily bases
  • Helping the young person gain confidence and making them feel they are worth it

Fun things about me

  • Love to have a laugh
  • There’s only one of me
  • I can always make somebody laugh

 

Victoria Girdler

Victoria Girdler

Young Persons Worker

My name is Victoria, I have been a personal assistant since November 2019. I have previous experience working with children within a nursery setting. I thoroughly enjoy my helping others and at the end of the day knowing I have had a positive impact on someone else life makes me feel great. I have a lot to offer those who I work with whether that be as part of a team or individually. I have a naturally caring nature and also want to go above and beyond to help those in need, I also have a great sense of humour and can remain calm under pressure. I love meeting new people and learning about them and their stories, I believe this helps to build a strong positive rapport and relationship with them and their families.

In my spare time, I enjoy exploring with my two children and husband visiting various forests, lakes, and new parks (we love exploring to find the Gruffalo to say hello). I also enjoy listening to music, singing, and dancing and took part in many competitions as a child and teenager.
I am an open-minded, trustworthy, and honest person who likes to make everyone feel welcome and included.

I have an NVQ Level 3 in Working with children and young people and would be interested to gain my level 2 in Health and Social Care in the near future.

 

 

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about Connection 2 Independence and the services we provide, please call today on 01452 924 946 or alternatively, you can use the form below. 

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Registered Office:

Unit 16, The Glenmore Centre,
Jessop Court,
Waterwells Business Park,
Gloucester,
GL2 2AP

Company Number: 12466129

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