illustration of a group of people

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.

EMERGE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOUNG PEOPLE FOLLOWING A CRISIS ADMISSION TO HOSPITAL, HOWEVER, EMERGE ARE NOT A CRISIS LINE.

Find Us

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, joining the staff team after serving for many years as the chair of trustees for the Emerge Board of Trustees. Elizabeth has many years of experience working with young people and in supporting teams.
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
Kevin
Chair of Trustees
Joy
Joy
Trustee Board Member & CEO
Pete
Pete
Trustee Board Member
Lorraine
Lorraine
Trustee Board Member
David
David
Trustee Board Member
Sarah
Sarah
Trustee Board Member
Stuart
Stuart
Trustee Board Member
Nicky
Nicky
Trustee Board Member
Hugh
Hugh
Trustee Board Member

From donating to volunteering with us

emerge advocacy logo
GET INVOLVED
DONATE TODAY