Joan Coulton - Managed Approach Engagement and Support Officer
What I do
I am the Managed Approach Engagement and Support Co-ordinator for Basis. My job is to work with women who are working on the street in the Managed Zone in Leeds and link them with appropriate support and services. I visit women who are in HMP New Hall so that they can leave custody with some support already in place. I work closely with our partners in Housing and Drug Treatment Services to help women with some of the complex difficulties they are experiencing. My role also works closely with our West Yorkshire Police colleagues.
What I did before
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 Housing First worker where I helped to set up the project before moving to my new role.
A little bit 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!