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Building Better Opportunities Job Coaches

If you or anyone you know is unemployed and would benefit from the one-to-one support that BBO can provide, please contact Vestia at fusion@vestia.org.uk or call 01562 733 133 and ask for a member of the Vestia BBO team.

For more information or to contact your local job coach directly, please see below:

Kirsty Thorpe - Vestia
Kirsty Thorpe

Hi I’m Kirsty, Job Coach for Vestia. I have been a Job Coach for nearly 9 years working on various projects across different organisations. I support people with achieving their goals - from further education, finding employment or improved health and confidence. I’m passionate about what I do and really love to see people grow as a result from my support.


01562 732352 | 07980 852675
kirsty.thorpe@vestia.org.uk

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Joanna Lockett - Vestia
Joanna Lockett

Hi, I’m Jo, a Jobs Coach for Vestia in the Wyre Forest area. I have worked as a Jobs Coach for almost 6 years across different projects in previous roles, so have lots of experience supporting people into employment, education and training. I enjoy meeting new people and getting to know them. The best part of my job is seeing how happy people are when they achieve their goals.


01562 732352 | 07980 579471
joanna.lockett@vestia.org.uk

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Laura Draper – Vestia
Laura Draper

Hi, I’m Laura, Job Coach for Vestia offering support to people in the Wyre Forest. I have worked in support worker roles for the last 5 years, so have lots of experience and really enjoy meeting new people and helping them achieve and succeed to the best of their abilities.


01562 732352 | 07725 207877
laura.draper@vestia.org.uk

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Kim Attwood – Vestia
Kim Attwood

Hi, I’m Kim a Job Coach at Vestia. I have 20 years of experience with DWP, 10 of those years were at various Jobcentres in the West Midlands area. I have also previously worked as an outreach support worker on a similar employment support programme. My passion is to help support and empower people, to make choices which will develop and enrich their lives.


01562 733161 | 07823 344287
kim.attwood@vestia.org.uk

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Sanjay Mistry – Vestia
Sanjay Mistry

Hi I’m Sanjay, a Job Coach for Vestia in the Wyre Forest area. I have over 2 years’ experience working as a Job Coach for various organisations and I have lots of experience supporting people to achieve and succeed in reaching their goals into employment, training and education. I have over 20 years of youth work experience, I have supported young people and young adults address barriers to education, training and employment. The best part of my job is seeing participant’s achieving their goals.


01562 732349 | 07834 750734
Sanjay.mistry@vestia.org.uk

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Haydn Clifford - Fortis Living
Haydn Clifford

Hi, I am Haydn, Job Coach for Fortis Living supporting people in Worcester and Malvern. I have some 15 years plus experience working with individuals of all ages, abilities and disabilities, mostly in the Welfare to Work sector. If you would like support with a CV, Training or just an ear to listen then I’m your man.


01905 670196 | 07918 160940
hclifford@fortisliving.com

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Kerry Clifford – Fortis Living
Kerry Clifford

Hi, I’m Kerry I work for Fortis Living supporting people looking to gain employment, assistance with job search or looking to gain qualifications and move into a form of training. I have over 6 years’ experience working within the Welfare to Work Sector. I’m on hand to help with CV’s, covering letters and applications, as well as moving forward to increase confidence.


Ceri Grant - Worcester Community Trust
Ceri Grant

Hi, I’m Ceri, a Job Coach for Worcester Community Trust. I have over 10 years’ experience supporting people towards employment and I am available to provide support and guidance towards employment, training, or building your confidence in searching for work. I’m passionate about supporting people in the local community and I’m able to provide additional information on barriers such as finances, childcare, housing and confidence building, I also have a particular interest in supporting peoples mental health.


Helen Leadbeater - Willowdene
Helen Leadbeater

Hello, I'm Helen, Job Coach for Willowdene in Worcestershire. I am dedicated to supporting & coaching individuals in a variety of ways to build their confidence, achieve their dreams and reach their full potential! I support & guide participants to take small steps to achieve their goals of moving into, or nearer, to employment.


01746 718658 | 07930 909977
helen@willowdenefarm.org.uk

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Cathy Scarlett – WM Homes
Cathy Scarlett

Hi, my name is Cathy and I am the Job Coach for WM Homes in Worcestershire. I have many years experience working in Welfare to Work and supporting people into further education, employment or training. I am friendly and approachable with a can do attitude and would be happy to assist you on your journey into work or education.


Kate Higginson - BDHT
Kate Higginson

Hi I’m Kate, I am a Job Coach for BDHT supporting people in Bromsgrove and surrounding areas, I have always worked in Bromsgrove so I have great local knowledge and contacts. My career has always involved supporting others deal with any barriers, previously I have supported people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.


01527 833886 | 07590 860844
kate.higginson@bdht.co.uk

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Kara Hughes - BDHT
Kara Hughes

Hi, I’m Kara and I am a Job Coach for BDHT. I am passionate about supporting people of all ages and backgrounds to achieve their goals and aspirations by reducing the impact of the barriers that they face. The purpose of my job is to provide people with tailed support to help improve motivation, self-confidence and self-belief whilst also promoting independence. I care about improving the quality of people’s lives by assisting them with securing employment, training and/or education.


01527 833886 | 07710 701730
kara.hughes@bdht.co.uk

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Mike Knowles – YMCA
Mike Knowles

Hello, I’m Mike, Job Coach for YMCA in Redditch. I am experienced in supporting people who are faced with barriers to employment, education or training. I have a great passion to help people improve their self-belief, confidence and motivation. With an informal, holistically approach I am able to plan and assist a tailored journey to help people overcome obstacles they are facing.


Ria Hale – YMCA
Ria Hale

Hello, I’m Ria, Job Coach for YMCA in Redditch. As a job coach I have the flexibility and diversity to support individuals to achieve their own potential! Building Better opportunities for local people. My friendly and relaxed approach has supported people to overcome their barriers, from looking for employment, starting education/training or having the confidence in their own ability to search for work. If you have barriers to overcome, and want to contact me to see how I could also support you, please contact me.


Nick Bennett - Rooftop
Nick Bennett

Hi I’m Nick and I’m a Job Coach for Rooftop Housing. I help people across the Wychavon District into or closer to work, education, job searching and training. My background is working with people with disabilities, providing in-work support and helping children with behaviour, social and emotional needs in mainstream schools.


01386 420800 | 07854 717501
Nick.Bennett@rooftop.org

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Gemma McKay - Rooftop
Gemma McKay

Hello, my name is Gemma and I am a Job Coach at Rooftop Housing Group. I support people across the district of Wychavon, to help them reach their full potential. I am approachable, enthusiastic and passionate about helping people to achieve their goals such as finding sustainable employment.