Meet Our Housing Team

Committed to providing full support for young people

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.

Eilidh O’Donnell

Eilidh O’Donnell

Young Persons Worker

Hi, I am Eilidh, I would describe myself as an outgoing, caring and honest person.

I am currently working towards a foundation degree in counselling, after successfully completing level 2 in counselling skills. From a young age I have been very passionate about supporting others. The majority of my job roles to date have been in supporting young people and their families both in an educational support setting and in their own homes. I love supporting others to achieving their best possible self.

I am a mum of 3 boys and love spending time with my friends and family.

Traveling, running and reading are a few of my favourite pass times.

I’m looking forward to getting started supporting the young people and meeting the team at C2I.

Hazel Floyd

Hazel Floyd

Young Persons Worker

Hi, my name is Hazel, I have a varied number of interests but love trying new things. Always ready to try something new and enjoy meeting new people in the process. I have four grandchildren who I miss seeing during lockdown but I love coming up with new ways to entertain them when they are able to visit. I enjoy supporting an aspiring adult to become successfully independent.

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!
Kiera Brady

Kiera Brady

Young Persons Worker

Hi My Name is Kiera, I’ve always wanted a more fulfilling and rewarding job where you feel your making a difference to someone life. The opportunity arose for me to become apart of the fantastic team at Connections 2 Independence and  explore the path I’ve always wanted to go down.  I’m so excited to be helping and supporting young people within a home setting and developing my skills and knowledge whilst guiding and supporting these young individuals.

I have a 13 year old son and a 18 year old step son. I love nothing more than being a mum and enjoy quality time with my family. Going for walks playing cards and movie nights are are favourite things to do. I’m a kind caring person. Hard working and a fantastic listener.

​I think my own life skills as a parent and passion to always be there for my family and friends whenever they need me will help me in my new role as a young person Worker.

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.
Paige Allen

Paige Allen

Young Persons Worker

Hey, I’m Paige Allen, I have gained lots of experience within the health and social field. I have been at university for 4 years and have graduated with BSc (hons) in Health and Social Studies. During this time I have been on placements with both voluntary and statutory organisations which have helped me build skills and resilience. I have experience in mental health, homelessness and youth offending and feel as though I have a lot to offer within this role. Outside of work, I play rugby which I throughly enjoy. This brings out my own drive and ambition which I hope to bring out in the individuals I’ll be working with. I also bake a lot too which I hope will influence some baking sessions with the young people. The reason for going to university and applying for this role is that I want to be able to make a difference to people’s lives no matter how small. I am so excited to be working for C2I and hope I fit the role well.

Scott Mortimer

Scott Mortimer

Young Persons Worker

Hi, I’m Scott. I’ve worked in care supporting young adults and adults with a wide range of needs for 6 years. What I love most about care is delivering something specialised and personal to the individual I am supporting. I am really enjoying getting to know the young people I’m supporting at c2i and learning about the things they enjoy doing! Something I have always taken great pride and fulfilment in during my career is how much time and care I take in getting to know the individual I am supporting, in order to provide the most personalised and enjoyable experience of care possible. Even in just performing the simplest of daily tasks I aim to help an individual feel comfortable, familiar and at home. I think it’s extremely important to promote independence while providing care in order for the young people I support to thrive in their futures.

Outside of work, I enjoy gaming, going to the gym and spending time with my fiancée. We have three rescue cats from greece and romania, two of which are blind, who I love coming home to everyday!

Tori Lotsu

Tori Lotsu

Young Persons Worker

Hi my name it Tori-Leigh I have worked in residential care setting for 4 years.

I have also worked with young Gloucester, doing a 4 week residential, 2 weeks of this was out of Gloucester, 1 week camping, and doing outdoor activities, and the 2nd week was in a residential setting, after 2 week of getting to know the young people, they had to choose a charity they wanted to raise money for, and plan a project to raise money and then, put their plan in to action, this was a great task for all the young people and staff included.

I am working towards my NVQ level 3

A little bit about my self

I am very easy going, so this makes me easy to get along with, I am a confident person and I feel like this help a lot with my job, I love animals, I have 2 dogs and love going on walk with them. 

I am looking forward to progressing with C2I

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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01452 924 946

info@connections2independence.com

Registered Office:

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

Company Number: 12466129

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