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We exist to help and support young people of all faiths and none.

Emerge Advocacy is a registered charity run with the support of local churches.

Emerge Advocacy is a Christian charity, and as such, our work is motivated by the shared faith of our whole team.  We exist to support young people of all faiths and none, valuing diversity and offering unconditional care and compassion to all.

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 read our safeguarding policy, our ‘Who We Are’ document or 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.

Meet the 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.

Bethany
Bethany
Hey, Bethany here. I’m a youth worker for the Emerge Project at the Royal Surrey, as well as assisting Joy in the Emerge Charity as the Comms and Development Lead. In my spare time I play football for a local team, enjoy walks in the country, baking and spending time with friends. What I love most about Emerge is the opportunity to care for and encourage the young people we support in hospital, and in the community. It’s a privilege to get alongside them in their most difficult moments to hear their stories and to encourage them by seeing the gold in them and calling it out.

Bethany has more than 10 years of youth work experience, including a NVQ in Practical Youth Work – Level 2 & 3 and a Distance Learning qualification in Understand Children & Young People’s Mental Health.

Jack
Jack
Hi there, I’m Jack, and I’m the Project Lead for Emerge at the Royal Surrey Hospital. I really have a heart for those struggling and going through a difficult season in their life and I know how much a listening and compassionate ear can open the door for truth and light to flood in. That’s why I’m so passionate about the work we do at Emerge, where we get the opportunity to simply sit and listen to these young people and help them know they are valued, seen and loved no matter what! As well as working for Emerge, I enjoy making and playing music and do this both with a band and as an independent singer and songwriter. I am married to Alice and together we enjoy regularly getting out into the local countryside whatever the weather.

Jack has been involved in Youth Work since 2011 in various Community and Church capacities. He also has a BSc in Anthropology, having studied modules relating to mental health in each year of his degree.

Beth
Beth
Hi I’m Beth, and I am the Project Lead for the Emerge Project at Frimley Park Hospital. I have worked with young people in various different contexts in the past and I love the unique opportunity that Emerge offers of being a youth worker in hospital. It is such a privilege to be a part of the team speaking hope into the lives of young people at their time of crisis, and getting to know some brilliant young people in the process! In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with friends, reading, making music (preferably when no one else is around!) and chilling out with my husband and dog.

Beth has worked in various youth work roles since 2012 and has an MA in Biblical Studies with a focus on worry/anxiety.

Grace
Grace
Hey, I’m Grace, the Project Lead for the Emerge Project in Epsom General Hospital. I previously volunteered for the Emerge Project at St Peters hospital and it is there that I really developed a passion for the work we do at Emerge helping young people through the tough times. I love being able to come alongside young people and be a voice of hope to them when they are feeling low. In my spare time I enjoy running, good coffee and good food.

Grace has a BSC in Psychology and has been doing youth work since 2013.

Fiona
Fiona
Hi, I am Fiona, Project Lead for the service in Medway, Kent. I regularly get involved with detached youth work in my local community. I love getting alongside young people, speaking positive things to encourage them about who they are and what their strengths are. I have the heart to see every young person reach their potential.

Fiona has a degree in Psychology and was a practitioner in the NHS in a community team working with people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Mark
Mark
Hello, I’m Mark, I’m one of the youth workers at the Medway project. I’m originally from Canada and was fortunate to join Emerge shortly after moving to the UK. I’m passionate about seeing people learn how receive love, both internally and external-ly, which is why it is such an honour to work with Emerge and to show the young people that they and loved.
Other things about me is I love being around people, exploring nature, playing sports, and writing.

Mark completed three years at a leadership school in Northern California prior to moving to the UK and the start of 2021.

Immy
Immy
Hey, I’m Immy and I’m the Project Lead for Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Kent. I love that at Emerge, we get to spend time listening to young people, encouraging them, empowering them to make decisions and showing them that there is hope. In my spare time I enjoy playing boardgames, going for walks, baking and doing crafts. I also have a kitten who demands lots of snuggle time.

Immy has a BA Hons in Applied Theology and has been doing youth work since 2016.

Eliz
Eliz
Hi, I’m Eliz and I work for east to west, heading up the Emerge project in St. Peter’s Hospital. I love being part of the Emerge vision, and seeing the St. Peter’s project form and grow has been really exciting. Having the opportunity to impart hope where there is real suffering, and speak life and light into the darkest of situations – it’s a real privilege. I am married to Simon, and in my spare time love tucking into a yummy meal with friends, keeping fit and making music.

Eliz has a BSc in Psychology and has worked for East to West since 2017 in various relational support roles.

Jackie
Jackie
Hi, I’m Jackie. I’m the youth worker and joint Project Lead at East Surrey Hospital. I’m passionate about all that Emerge does to help young people to find hope and peace in a difficult time of their lives. I’ve worked with children and youth for nearly all of my career, first as a youth work-er, then as a teacher and I am passionate to see people become free from their past hurts and walk with their heads held high as they become confident in who they are and what life can hold for them. I have had the privilege of working alongside children, youth and adults in Africa and in England, as they discover how precious and valuable they are. I love to see eyes light up as someone realises that they are loved and accepted just as they are and as they learn that they can do it!

In my spare time I love reading, walking in nature with my rescue dog from Uganda, singing, painting and writing. I wish I loved housework just as much!

Abbie
Abbie
Hi I’m Abby, a joint project lead for East Surrey Hospital. I love working with young people and helping them in their struggles, the opportunity to be in hospital with them is so incredible! Spending time with young people and letting them know their value is so important. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, exploring new places, music (listening and playing), reading and the occasional run!

Abby has been a youth worker for 5 years and in a voluntary capacity before that. She has a BA (Hons) in Theology, Ministry and Mission. She also works for a local church as a Youth Pastor alongside her Emerge role.

Siobhan
Siobhan
Hi, I am Siobhan, I’m the youth worker for the Emerge Project at Epsom General Hospital. I am so excited to be a part of the team and be able to offer support to the people we meet. I have always had a passion to help people that are on a journey with their mental health since I was very young. This is very close to my heart, as it’s something I have experienced since a young age and have seen some of my close friends and family go through. I want to show people it is nothing to be ashamed of and that it can be a lot less scary to face when someone is walking beside you on the journey.

During my time outside of Emerge I love to go for long walks with friends, grabbing a coffee at my favourite shop and spending time writing. The one thing I want to do whilst in this role is show the young people there is hope.

Michael
Michael
Hi there! I’m Michael, a youth worker for Emerge at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guilford. I have a desire to show indiscriminate love and care to those in need. It’s exciting to be a part of a charity that supports the vulnerable in their darkest mo-ments, and journeys with them to help them find their worth and overcome chal-lenges. With a passion to serve, I’m delighted to come alongside young people and be a voice of hope. I am a husband and a proud dad of two daughters.

Michael has previously worked with the vulnerable in the community as a domiciliary carer. He also has level 2 accreditations in Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Advocacy, Safeguarding and Prevent, Behaviours that Challenge, and Specific Learning Difficulties.

Laurie-Ann
Laurie-Ann
Hi, I’m Laurie-Ann, a Sessional Youth Worker for the Emerge project at Frimley Park Hospital. Alongside my work with Emerge I am a Youth Minister at a church in Berk-shire and a Dance Teacher.

I love the work I do, walking alongside young people, hearing their stories and encouraging them on their journey. I believe in the vision of Emerge and am passionate about being a voice of hope for young people during a time of crisis.

In my spare time I love going on walks in the countryside, learning new creative skills, hunting for the next best independent coffee shop with my Husband and eating good food with friends and family.

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