Joan Coulton

Adult Team Senior Worker since January 2019

My role

As the senior worker I support and work alongside the adult team and the Operations Manager to ensure the smooth running of the organisation on a day to day basis, delivering outreach and drop-in session at Basis and New Hall and supporting women in crisis.

My background

I have been a support worker for several years and actually spent 5 years as the Outreach Worker for Basis, when we were Genesis, between 2009 and 2014. I then wanted to learn about housing support as so many of the women I saw on outreach were having issues with accessing safe and appropriate housing and weren’t always aware of their housing rights. I worked for Shelter for 12 months in HMP New Hall and with Leeds Housing Concern for 18 months. I then returned to Basis as the Housing First Worker where I helped to set up the project before moving to my role as Managed Approach Engagement and Support Coordinator. The opportunity then arose to move into the Senior Worker role.

A little bit personal about me

In my spare time I enjoy making pretty things with wool! I love going to the theatre and have even been known to indulge in a bit of opera. I like walking (especially if there is a café at the end, middle and even beginning of the route) and I spend as much time with family and friends as I can manage. I discovered mindfulness a few years ago and always find time for my daily meditation-it’s the thing that keeps me sane when life gets hectic!