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About

Venus' mission is:

To empower, promote and support women, young women and their children in developing their potential, recognising their choices, achieving their goals and challenging injustice.

Venus Safeguarding Statement

Venus is committed to practice that protects children, young people and vulnerable adults from abuse. Workers and volunteers within Venus accept and recognise our responsibilities to promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and develop awareness of the issues that cause them harm.


Meet the team:

Lorraine Webb

Lorraine is the Chief Executive of Venus. Lorraine oversees all of the work undertaken by the Organisation and represents Venus and the charity sector on local partnerships & committees.

Lorraine enjoys dancing to Northern Soul, her favourite shop is Satterthwaites, she always carries 3 massive bags wherever she goes even though she doesn’t know what’s in them and she likes to watch golf.

Georgina Harvey

George is our Family Support Manager and juggles her work at Venus whilst deep in the world of academia pursuing a Masters in Systemic Family Practice.  We're dead proud of her but miss her shouting at us, mothering us and keeping us on the straight and narrow at the gym!

George is the Venus DJ and gets cross if anyone interferes with her choice of tunes. She tends to be competitive in Gym classes (she's not called Sergeant Harv for nothing!) and she doesn’t follow anyone's rules!

Jo Kenyon

As our Independence Support Manager, Jo looks after projects like, Halton P2P and Sefton Care Leavers Centre.  Jo also co-ordinates our policy framework and quality assurance systems.

Jo was once a champion ballroom dancer. Nowadays, she likes driving everyone around in her mini, visiting art galleries and reading up on policies.

Lyn Robinson

Lyn is the Finance Officer for Venus. Lyn looks after the funding that the Organisation receives to undertake our work.  She's a total mathlete and can usually be found with her head in a spreadsheet when she's not sorting out the fareshare or anything else that needs organising!

Lyn is an unnaturally happy person who enjoys a good laugh. She is an expert knitter and is always boiling hot!

Clare Kavanagh

Clare is the Venus Parent to Parent Volunteer Programme Co-ordinator at our project based in Halton.  She is boss at getting things done and doesn't know the meaning of the word procrastinate, unlike some i could mention...

Clare is our designated mini-bus driver and is happy to take gangs of kids anywhere!  She loves to look good, have fun and is practically perfect in every way.

Carlie Machell

Carlie is the Team Leader for our homelessness prevention service. Carlie is our expert on all things housing related and can be relied upon to spread calmness and serenity even when the most crazy situations are happening.

Carlie is an old time hippy, she likes crystals, calm and cake man!  Carlie also likes to run in the rain and is Kevin to Jo Kenyon's Perry!

David Fairclough

David is the co-ordinator of Venus' Sefton Care Leavers' Centre Team and is based at Our Place.  Dedicated David delivers (oo i love a bit of aliteration!) support to young people in care and care leavers in their transition from Care to independence, he's an unstoppable advocate on behalf of care leavers and works ceaselessly to make sure Care Leavers' rights are maintained.

Poor long suffering Davey is our resident Action Man, loves to smash challenges like Tough Mudder and the 3 peaks on the reggers, is kind, inspirational and a jolly good sport!

Jo Costi

Jo is currently studying with CYP IAPT to deliver Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  This means that Jo will be able to support young people and adults to develop coping mechanisms to deal with the difficulties that emotional and behavioural issues can bring.

Jo is our social secretary, organises all of the staff nights out and can always be relied upon to tell you the best places to go!  Jo loves meditation, good karma and being a gym-bunny, she also knows where all the chocolate is hidden!

Jean Hodgkinson

Jean is currently studying Incredible Years with CYP IAPT, this means that Jean delivers evidence-based parenting training to support parents and carers to develop skills and knowledge in the tricky world of parenting.

Jean likes to deliver training, is very sociable, likes eating chocolate and pasties and has been known to shout “RRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!” at the top of her voice!

Carol Flanagan

Carol is the Family Health Worker at the Venus.  It's Carol's role to support individuals to access health services and make good lifestyle choices.

Carol loves to play darts with her pub team, her favourite butties are cheese and onion and her dream job would be to work in a mortuary

Jo Hughes

Jo is our Money Management Worker, supporting individuals to sort out their financial issues, work out realistic budgets and save money for a rainy day.  Jo has been bestowed with various nicknames by people who come to the centre, for instance, "Brilliant" or "Jo Bubbles" both of which reflect her vivacious joie de vivre!

Jo likes going on lots of holidays, listening to Chesney Hawkes and saving the world from debt.

Kati Oakes

Say Hello to our lovely Kati!  Kati is newly in post on our exciting Step Together project, a new programme to be delivered by Venus to support women and young women who have had one or more children permanently removed into care.

When asked to tell us a few fun facts about herself, Kati says, "I'm fresh out of uni and ready for a challenge! I love driving to new places, pub lunches and drinking coffee. I love to spend time with my family and am a happy go lucky person"

Mary Size

Mary facilitates Venus Drop Ins and is an Intensive Cleaning Educator on our Family Support Programme.

Also known as Mary Moo, she looks after everyone with yummy treats, she loves last minute holidays and selling quality goods at low prices in her shop.

Kayleigh Simmons

Kayleigh is our Progression Key Worker, providing support for individuals to access training, learning, development and employment opportunities.

Kay is enthusiastic and fun and being new to the voluntary sector brings us a new perspective, helping us to think about different ways to support women to address the barriers to independence, employment and other challenges they may face.

Stefanie Kenyon

Stef is the admin and reception worker at Our Place, Sefton Care Leavers Centre.  It's Stef's cheerful grid that greets you when you visit Our Place so don't forget to say hiya!  If you can bring a dog along with you then all the better!  Stef also works at Venus where she helps out with admin.

Stef is the resident gamer geek of our gang, digs 30 seconds to mars, horror movies, K-pop and really really loves all the dogs in the universe, especially pugs!

Laura Dutton

Laura is our Activities co-ordinator at Sefton Care Leavers' Centre.  Laura's role is to make all the fun and informative activities and sessions at Our Place happen and to provide support, advice and information to young people in care and those who are leaving care.

Laura is happy, fun to be with, kind and can sing like you wouldn't believe!  We're looking forward to karaoke competitions a go go at future team nights out i mean team building events... We'll keep you updated on the scores!

Laura Gleaves

Laura is family support worker at Venus, working with Kay and social work student placements to provide support around family issues.  Laura is based at the Venus Centre and has lots of experience in this field.

Laura is a foodie and will eat anything, all day if she could! She likes action packed holidays like watersports, scuba diving etc and she has a pet snake called Lady!

Our Laura is a pretty jolly person and will always help someone who pops in (if she can!) Laura loves working with women and families and looks forward to developing further in this role.

Nikki Thomas

Nikki supports families and individuals through different projects across our Organisation.  Nikki tells me,

Things I like are yoga and going to concerts, (Nikki is a world class socialiser too I've heard!)

I run the she junior group which I love, meeting all the kids and going to lots of different places, I love my family support role on a Tuesday meeting new families and I enjoy the hustle & bustle of the centre (at times!)

Louise Hicks

Lou works with Clare in Halton on our Parent 2 Parent Volunteer Support Programme. Whilst Lou looks a bit pensive on her pic, I'm happy to tell you she's a hoot and very happy! Lou started as a volunteer on this programme and tells us,

"There is never a quiet moment in my life having to keep my 3 children and husband in line.
I have a passion for baking, decorating and most of all cleanning. I love to see results and making people happy.
Little secret for you, I hate waste so if there's food in my sight I just have to eat it!"

Karen Wainwright

Karen is a Centre Worker at Our Place.  It's Karen's role to meet with young people through outreach to deliver support from care through to independence.  Karen is a multi talented individual with lots of strings to her bow.  Fancy a haircut? She's a hairdresser.  Support with homework? No problemo, she's an Educational Support Worker with the Local Council.

When asked about herself, Karen tells us, "My favourite thing is food!  I like going for meals, socialising, I love to go away on holiday and just genuinely love to talk, I never shut up (in a good way of course) and I think that's me in a nut shell!!"