Meet the Team

Moya (she/her)

CEO (joined as Operations Manager in March 2016)

I am the current CEO at Basis Yorkshire, who have been working with sex working women, sexual exploitation survivors, and sexually exploited children for nearly 30 years. Basis is a GSK Kings Fund Award winning organisation for its positive impact on community health. In my role, I work in partnership with statutory and third sector agencies on issues relating to sex work, sexual exploitation as well as child sexual exploitation and abuse. This 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 and work on changing systems which often prevent access to services and support.

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Amber

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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Nicky (she/her)

Navigation Support Worker (Housing First)

My role involves working with a small caseload of six women, where women requiring intensive support to navigate services are offered a stable and suitable home, along with unconditional support that is needs-based and client-led, in an area where they choose 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.

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Catriona Craven-Matthews (she/her)

Health Influencing Change Worker since December 2020

As Health Influencing Change Worker, I work on a project focused on creating systems change to improve access and remove barriers to health care, with the ultimate goal of improving health outcomes for women sex workers in Leeds. This involves engaging with partner organizations to identify opportunities for change, provide healthy challenge, and establish best practice. The project aims to improve gender- and trauma-informed practice, centering sex workers' voices to ensure health systems work for them.

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Gill(ian) (she/her)

Navigation Support Worker

I am currently working as a Navigation Support Worker at Basis Yorkshire. My role is to provide both emotional and practical support to women requiring intensive support to navigate services. I work 1:1 with women and offer intensive support which prioritises their safety and wellbeing. My role relies on multi-agency partnerships and I ensure women have access to any services relevant to their needs, supporting them effectively throughout.

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Eloise (she/her)

Navigation and Group Support Worker

I am currently working as a Navigation and Group Support Worker at Basis Yorkshire. My role is to provide both emotional and practical support to women requiring intensive support to navigate services. I work 1:1 with women and offer support which prioritises their safety and wellbeing. My role relies on multi-agency partnerships and I ensure women have access to any services relevant to their needs, supporting them effectively throughout.

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Kayleigh

Young Person's CSE Outreach Worker

As a Young Person's Outreach Worker I work 1:1 with girls and young women who are being sexually exploited 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.

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Rebekah (she/her)

Interim Young People's Team Leader/ STAGE Project Outreach Worker

I am currently leading the fantastic Young People’s CSE team at Basis. The service seeks to provide education and support to young people at medium to high risk of CSE. My role involves supporting the team in their work and attending local meetings regarding CSE.
I also work as a caseworker for the STAGE project, which is a partnership project across the North of England that aims to support women aged 16+ who have experienced or who are experiencing Sexual Exploitation. My role within this has involved supporting a varied caseload of women in a trauma informed way, providing education, a listening ear and supporting with access to services.

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Carwen (she/her)

Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Specialist (Children and Young People)

As a Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Specialist (Children and Young People) I work 1:1 with girls and young women who are being sexually exploited 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.

Currently on maternity leave.

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Devin (she/her)

Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Specialist (16+)

As a Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Specialist (Children and Young People) I work 1:1 with all young people who are being sexually exploited or at 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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Karen

Associate Trainer

Currently I am a freelance trainer specialising in CSE, Trauma and Attachment, Safeguarding and Improving Wellbeing In The Work Place. I am extremely passionate about training and increasing people’s knowledge and I ensure that my training is informative, real, whilst also enjoyable. I have my own private counselling practice in North Yorkshire, specialising in Trauma, Abuse, Loss and Couple Relationships. I also work in local schools providing a safe environment for young people aged 11 to 16 to explore their thoughts, feelings and emotions.

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Michelle

Associate Trainer

I’m the service lead for the Red Umbrella @Changing Lives in Merseyside. The service works with anyone in the Sex/Adult industries who has been a victim of a crime because of their work. I manage a small team of staff and volunteers including a SWISVA (Sex Work ISVA) and a Migrancy worker. We are passionate advocates for our clients and work hard to ensure justice for them. I also am a trainer and love this part of my work.

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Adele

Associate Trainer

I am an established independent safeguarding children trainer and consultant. My areas of expertise include Safeguarding Children, Child Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Neglect, and practice standards. My current work includes working with the Children’s Commissioner regarding a new online app for young people wanting advice on potential safeguarding issues; and work with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

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Judith

Associate Trainer

I am a teacher with a background in early years, safeguarding and child trauma. I teach part-time, and deliver training across various sectors including education, police, social care and the voluntary sector. I deliver a range of Protective Behaviours courses, Voice of the Child training, basic safeguarding refreshers (for schools), and various conference workshops.

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Megan (She/Her)

Independent Sexual Violence Adviser Since September 2021

I am currently the ISVA at Basis, working collaboratively with other services to provide tailored emotional and practical support to women who have experienced sexual violence. I ensure that these women’s voices are heard and that they have access to any specialist sexual violence services they need. If a woman chooses to report to the police, I provide support throughout the criminal justice process.

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Becki (She/her)

Navigation Support Worker (Employment, Training & Volunteering) since January 2022

My job is to support women who are looking towards their future. We work together to set goals, build confidence, and increase self-esteem, as well as look at the practical tools needed when thinking about entering employment, training, or volunteering. This can include activities like CV writing, IT skills, searching for jobs, time management, and writing applications.

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Kate

Administrative Assistant since March 2022

In my role I do various administrative tasks in assisting with the running of Basis, including Basis Young People, Basis Sex Work Project, and Basis Training & Education in which I aid with the development and delivery of training, conferences and events. I am also on the Front-Line Network creating marketing and newsletters to promote the work they do. I also help manage our various social media accounts and assist in various communications and office work, and help out with drop-in and outreach.

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Kim

Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Worker/Specialist since April 2022

As a sexual abuse and exploitation specialist (children and young people) my role is to provide support and 1:1 sessional work to the children and young people who are at risk of experiencing, are experiencing or have experienced sexual abuse and/or exploitation. My role is to develop a trusting relationship with the child or young person so that they know they have someone to talk to that will support them and listen to them. I help empower and support children and young people to move forward in their lives following their experiences of trauma and abuse.

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Millie (she/her)

Project Assistant since July 2022

As part of my role as the Project Assistant I support the teams at Basis including Basis Young People and Basis Sex Work Project. The support role includes awareness raising and marketing and communications, through a variety of administrative tasks, and by creating resources for service users.

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