Training Team

Staff Trainers

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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Emily Turner

Outreach & Support Worker since February 2013

I work with sex workers (primarily independent escorts, sauna workers, and agency as well as streetbased) supporting around 400 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 offences or general harm against sex workers. I also deliver training ("working with female sexworkers" and "complexities of sexwork and trafficking")

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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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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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Associate Trainers

Karen Chapman

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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Sarah Hutchinson

Associate Trainer

I specialise in relationship and sexual health work - classroom management, behavioral problems, CSE/grooming and domestic violence work. I am currently a team leader in a therapeutic residential children’s home and also a CSE trainer.

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Michelle Stoops

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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Sales & Admin

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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Olivia Fuller

Marketing & Sales Assistant (since March 2019)

I support the Business Development & Marketing Manager with the organisation and coordination of Basis Training & Education. I enable the development and delivery of training, conferences & events, venue hire, educational resources, campaigns, fundraising and merchandising. If not keeping on top of our various social media accounts, I’ll be creating promotional materials, or working on building our marketing strategy. I also take part in street outreach.

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