Meet the Team

Gemma Sciré

Chief Executive Officer since October 2015

I lead the organisation, ensuring that we continue to deliver the best possible services for the women and young people we work with. My role involves work with staff and service users, partners and our Board of Trustees to promote the safety and wellbeing of the people we work with, tackling stigma and discrimination.

I am committed to challenging violence, harm and abuse of women and young people and empowering those we work with.

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Amber Wilson

Business Development and Marketing Manager since 2014

My role is to identify new opportunities to further meet the needs of our service users and source funding for these, either on our own or through partnerships, raise awareness of and funds in the community for our work as well as advocate for our service users through social media, our website, newsletters etc. I also coordinate and promote our training and awareness raising program.

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Emily Turner

Outreach & Support Worker since February 2013

I primarily work with indoor based sex workers (independent escorts, sauna workers, and agency girls) supporting around 400 working women in total. I co-ordinate the sexual health options for sex workers via fast-track appointments and outreach. I offer full testing, contraception & treatment options in your home or place of work in partnership with Leeds Sexual Health. I co-ordinate the Ugly Mugs scheme in Leeds and work with online sex workers around safety, liaising with the Police to minimise offenses or general harm against sex workers. I also deliver some sex work training.

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Helina Majid

Health Advocacy & Support Worker

As of May 2018, I started the Health Advocacy & Support Worker role. This involves working with street and indoor sex workers around all aspects of their health, including breaking down barriers and improving access to health services, health advocacy and increasing knowledge and reducing stigma of sex workers when accessing health provision.

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Carwen Jones

Young Person's Outreach Worker since March 2014 (on maternity leave)

As a Young Person's Outreach Worker I work 1:1 with girls and young women who are being sexually epxloited or significant risk thereof - building their trust, establishing a relationship, raising their awareness of the risks they are facing and how to reduce these through talking to them about CSE and related issues such as online safety, health relationships, sexual health etc. I also deliver training to other professionals in Leeds and elsewhere to other professionals and deliver awareness sessions in schools about CSE, online safety and consent.

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Sadie Scheuer

Project and Outreach Assistant since September 2018

I support the delivery of the projects here at Basis through a mixture of admin work and direct work with service users through drop-in sessions and street outreach. On a normal day you will find me in the office working on all kinds of varied tasks for different parts of the organisation. I also play a large part in the campaigns that run throughout the year, so this tends to be when I get out and about.

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Devin Kelly

Young Person's Outreach Worker since July 2015

As a Young Person's Outreach Worker I work 1:1 with girls and young women who are being sexually epxloited or significant risk thereof - building their trust, establishing a relationship, raising their awareness of the risks they are facing and how to reduce these through talking to them about CSE and related issues such as online safety, health relationships, sexual health etc. I also deliver training to other professionals in Leeds and elsewhere to other professionals and deliver awareness sessions in schools about CSE, online safety and consent.

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Nicky Pickup

Housing First Support Worker

My role involves working with a small case load of six women, where women with complex and multiple needs are offered a stable and suitable home, along with unconditional intensive support that is needs based and client led, in an area where they chose to live. The service provided by Basis is one of the only sex worker specific projects in the country and has met significant needs for women who were previously falling through the gaps of existing services. After a very successful pilot project in 2017 we have now secured further funding for three years to be able to continue to offer the Housing First scheme in collaboration with Turning Lives Around
Further information around Housing First can be found here:
https://basisyorkshire.org.uk/general-news/housing-first-continues-with-tla/

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Brenda Hattersley

Finance Manager since 2014 (currently on long term sick leave)

I'm responsible for Financial Management of the organisation which ranges from making payments and sending out invoices for the services or resources we provide, managing salaries, to updating our financial records and accounts , producing financial reports for current projects and helping prepare financial budgets for new proposals.

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Moya Woolven

Operations Manager (Joined March 2016)

My role is to manage both Basis Sex Work and Basis Young People team and support them with regular supervision, safeguarding, organisational policies (health and safety, safegaurding etc.) managing external partnerships and monitoring the operational activities of the organisation. This means I'm in a lot of meetings but I also do regular indoor and street outreach.

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Nicola Hardman

Young Person's Outreach Worker (covering maternity leave)

As a Young Person's Outreach Worker I work 1:1 with girls and young women who are being sexually epxloited or significant risk thereof - building their trust, establishing a relationship, raising their awareness of the risks they are facing and how to reduce these through talking to them about CSE and related issues such as online safety, health relationships, sexual health etc. I also deliver training to other professionals in Leeds and elsewhere to other professionals and deliver awareness sessions in schools about CSE, online safety and consent.

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Gillian Collingwood

New Futures Outreach Worker since September 2018

I work with street and indoor workers with specific focus on the running of the New Futures group for any women looking for more choice and control in their lives.

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Stacey Maher

Young Person's Outreach Worker since July 2018

I am the young person’s outreach worker specifically for boys and young men at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation, in Leeds and Bradford. My role involves working 1:1 with boys and young men aged 11-18 offering them support on emotional wellbeing, healthy relationships, staying safe, minimising risk and empowering them to move forward positively in their lives.

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Serena Long

Women's Lives Leeds Complex Needs Worker since November 2018

I am the Complex Needs Worker for Women’s Lives Leeds at Basis. I work with a small group of women on a one-to-one basis to help break down barriers to other support agencies including substance abuse, physical and mental health, and benefits. The support clients receive is completely client led and needs-based which means the support I can offer is varied and dependent on the need of the individual.

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Cassandra McLuckie

Sexual Violence & Domestic Abuse Adult Outreach Worker since November 2018

I am an adult outreach worker focusing on domestic abuse and sexual violence. This means I support a caseload of women who have experienced these issues and work with them to help overcome some of the problems this can raise.

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Joan Coulton

Adult Team Senior Worker since January 2019

As the senior worker I support the adult team and work alongside the Operations Manager to ensure the smooth running of the organisation on a day to day basis.

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