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Youth Workers bringing a #VoiceOfHope to people aged 10 – 25 in A&E and beyond because of self-harm, a suicide attempt or emotional crisis.

Emerge Advocacy is a registered charity established in 2016 out of a realisation that young people in A&E because of self-harm need something more. Our Founder’s original vision was to see volunteers supporting young people in her local hospital in Guildford, Surrey.

The original project was a success and we started receiving requests from other hospitals saying, ‘We need this in our A&E too!’.

Since then, we have been working with hospitals and the communities surrounding them to build teams and put Emerge projects into hospitals wherever there is a need for them. And we don’t just work in A&E’s. Our teams support young people wherever they might be within the hospital and we offer follow up support for up to three months post-discharge to help young people take the next steps towards recovery.

The Christian faith is a key part of the DNA of Emerge. It’s what helps us hold on to hope in the hardest of situations and enables us to come back and do it all again the next day. In setting up each of our projects, we engage with churches who are local to to hospital to recruit volunteers who are passionate about supporting young people in crisis and are ready to bring care and compassion indiscriminately. In conversations with young people, we’re always focusing on what they would like to chat about, we’re simply there to provide a safe, supporting space for whatever they need whether that’s playing a game, doing some colouring, talking about the latest thing on YouTube or talking about what they’d like to mention when they speak to the nurse next.

We exist to support young people of all faiths and none, to love indiscriminately, letting our actions speak. We only discuss matters of faith if a young person asks.

We mobilise, equip and support local Christians in meeting the need for more support for young people struggling with mental health issues in their own communities.

Emerge Advocacy is committed to excellence in our youth work and our interactions with professionals, we take seriously our responsibilities in safeguarding and proper governance. If you would like to find out more about our governance please get in touch.

In June 2021, Emerge Advocacy received The Queens Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of all the hard work, comfort and care that our volunteers give through their support of young people in crisis.

Emerge is there to support young people following a crisis admission to hospital, however, Emerge is not a crisis line.

Meet the Leadership Team

Joy
Joy
Hi, I’m Joy, I’m the Founder of Emerge Advocacy and it’s been amazing to see how Emerge has grown from a small seed of an idea into the charity we have today. I have three kids and am married to Dave. I enjoy taking my dog for a walk to get some headspace and spending time with my family. I love what we do at Emerge because I know what it’s like to feel completely out of hope and how precious it is to have someone come alongside and help us find some light during the darkest moments. Having the opportunity to do this for other people is just the best thing ever!

Joy has worked with vulnerable young people since 2000 in both youth work and NHS based roles. She has a BA Hons in Youth and Community Work and Applied Theology.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Elizabeth is our COO here at Emerge. Elizabeth has many years of experience working with young people and crisis, and leading teams. From financial management to pastoral care and vision – Elizabeth has it covered!
Bethany
Bethany
Hey, I’m Bethany and I’m the Communications and Development Lead at Emerge Advocacy, working closely with Joy and Elizabeth behind the scenes. I started out at Emerge as a project youth worker where I loved the privilege of sitting with incredible young people and hearing their stories and getting to know them. In my current role I love facilitating the project teams in all the practical elements to allow more young people to access this service.
In my spare time I play football for a local team, enjoy walks in the country with my Sprocker Spaniel, baking and spending time with my husband and friends.

Meet the Trustees

Kevin McCormac CBE
Kevin McCormac CBE
Chair of Trustees
Joy Wright
Joy Wright
Trustee Board Member & CEO
Pete Watts
Pete Watts
Trustee Board Member and Vice-Chairperson
David Welch
David Welch
Trustee Board Member
Sarah Kendall
Sarah Kendall
Trustee Board Member
Stuart King
Stuart King
Trustee Board Member and Treasurer
Nicky Broadhurst
Nicky Broadhurst
Trustee Board Member
Hugh Stafford Smith
Hugh Stafford Smith
Trustee Board Member

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