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Strengthening & Empowering People

StEP has a strong committed team of Trustees, Members and Staff.

Sue Turner

Sue Turner

StEP Project Manager

I live in Mottingham and have worked with the local community for over 27 years, mainly with young people but not exclusively. As a Mottingham resident and worker, I’ve always been aware of the need for more community activities and space and feel priviledged to work for StEP, supporting them to make their vision a reality.

Maureen Gallagher

Maureen Gallagher

StEP Chair and Volunteer

Retired Senior Family Support and Parenting Practitioner

Prior to retiring, I spent some years based in Mottingham, working with both families and the wider community. I’ve met and worked with people in Mottingham who have faced a range of challenges and working with StEP enables me to be part of the process of providing help to meet those challenges, whilst encouraging self-support and working towards building a stronger community.

Laurie Bell

Laurie Bell

StEP Treasurer

Retired Bank Manager/ Magistrate

I became involved with StEP through my previous connection with the Safer Neighbourhood Panel when Rev'd Jackson approached me due to my financial background and my involvement with the community through this and the Mottingham Residents Association. I am also a BHA approved Trustee of the National Association of Racing Staff as well as a Trustee of the Jimmy Knapp Cancer Fund.

Ruth Slater

Ruth Slater

StEP Secretary and Volunteer

Retired Charity Worker and Out of School Manager

My reasons for being a StEP trustee and volunteer are very much based on my faith. StEP is not a faith group but when I moved to the area from Buckinghamshire, I was delighted to find a church, with a community arm, that reached out to the local community through StEP.

I am a pastoral assistant and hope that by being a trustee and a volunteer I can do something to support and empower local people and share a little something of their lives.

Pat Dockree

Pat Dockree

StEP Trustee and Volunteer Cook

Retired play group worker.

I’m a local resident and have been working and volunteering in this community for many years. I’m a trained cook and have been Lead Volunteer for StEP’s successful weekly Community brunch and lunch sessions since they first started providing activities in Mottingham. I am also a pastoral assistant with the church and StEP is part of my community outreach, along with the foodbank.

Linda Harvey

Linda Harvey

StEP Trustee, Counsellor and Psychotherapist

I became involved with StEP when I was asked by the Project Manager, Sue Turner, if I could head up the Community Counselling Project they were starting. I was excited to be part of this as there are so few affordable, self-referral counselling opportunities available to communities.

Claudette Mills

Claudette Mills

StEP Trustee

Tailoress and Dressmaker; Charity Shop Assistant.

I am part of the congregation of St Edwards as well as Sunday school leader and Church Warden. I was a volunteer for StEP at Little Ed’s youth group, now called Mini Ed’s, and as StEP evolved, I was asked to become a Trustee, bringing some of my experience and community spirit to and for the local and wider community and contributing to the growth of Step projects.

Margaret Nye

Margaret Nye

StEP Trustee, Play and Stay Leader

Retired Tutor/Practitioner for Early Years, Health and Social Care

I’m a resident of Mottingham and following retirement wanted to volunteer locally. I started to work with StEP and became lead volunteer for their weekly Play N Stay session. I really enjoy working with local parents and carers and their pre-schoolers and our sessions have proved popular and, hopefully, beneficial to families in Mottingham.

Atim Oji

Atim Oji

StEP Trustee

Barrister

I have been a member of the congregation and PCC at St Edwards for many years. I was asked to join the StEP board of trustees some years ago given my legal background and my desire to support the local community. I recognised that becoming a member of StEP allowed me to live out my faith by reaching out through the range of activities StEP delivers.

Rev’d Dr Catherine Shelley

Rev’d Dr Catherine Shelley

StEP Trustee

I have been Vicar of the parish since November 2017 and involved with StEP, both as a Trustee and supporting projects, as part of the church’s outreach to the wider community. I am also a lawyer and so responsible for the legal work involved in getting StEP registered as a charity in their own right.

Kathy Wickes

Kathy Wickes

StEP Youth Work Leader

Retired Careers Advisor, Youth Work Manager, Trainer.

I was invited to be a member of the StEP board through my work with StEP as Lead Youth Worker for all 3 youth groups, working with a small team of youth workers and volunteers. I am passionate about empowering people and have always worked supporting young or old to achieve their goals. StEP not only achieves this for others but allows me to support them in doing so.

Alev Moore

Alev Moore

StEP Administrator

I joined the StEP team as an administrator in September 2021 to help support the Project Manager. With my children now grown up, the opportunity to work within the StEP team came just at the right time. I was aware of their projects and knew of the great strides that StEP had made in supporting and enhancing the local community and felt strongly that I would like to be a part of a team that has really made a difference to the local community.

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