Our Team

Sarah Hanness
Sarah Hanness

Sarah is our Project Director. With 24 years experience of working with children and young people of all ages, Sarah has worked in a variety of settings such as preschools, senior schools and charities that support children with special needs and emotional needs and spent 6 years at the local Youth Offending Team before joining Inclusion Ventures. Sarah is a qualified Child and Adolescent Counsellor.

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Jordan Bateman
Jordan Bateman

Jordan attended IV sessions from the age of 7 years. He has been a well loved Youth Worker for the past 9 years. Our children and young people relate to him as he grew up on their Clacton estate. He's particular interest is running our Bike Kitchens alongside volunteer Con.

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Natasha Bourgaize
Natasha Bourgaize

Tash has worked with Inclusion Ventures for the past 6 years. Having recently gained her MA in Art Therapy she now supports children and adolescents therapeutically one on one and in small groups.

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Layne McShane
Layne McShane

Layne McShane is a Youth Work having completed 2 years apprenticeship in Children and Young People's Workforce in 2018.

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Jade Cox
Jade Cox

Bank Youth Worker Jade recently gained a 1st degree in Law. She has a passion for travel and is about to teach English to children in China.Jade helps in youth sessions whenever we need an extra pair of hands and is a creative artist and musician

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Cornelius Bowen
Cornelius Bowen

Con is our Bike Kitchen Volunteer, he runs both Clacton and Jaywick kitchens every week without fail whatever the weather. A keen cyclist he is passionate about enabling children to be independant and learn the skills to maintain their own bikes. He also leads the Trishaw Project.

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Cloe Preston
Cloe Preston

Cloe is our newest member of staff. A familiar face Cloe was a sessional worker for IV years ago before moving on to work in two local senior schools in admin and pastoral support roles. Shes now back supporting children, young people and their parents

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Katie Pilditch
Katie Pilditch

Katie is our committed volunteer, and local mum to 2 children. Katie approached us whilst working towards a Social Care qualification. Since working regularly with us she is now considering completing the Therapeutic Studies degree.

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Sandra James
Sandra James

Sandra is proud to be a born and bred Clactonian, Mum of 2 great grown-up kids. She is a qualified careers adviser, who has worked in education for more than 20 years, offering additional pastoral support. Sandra has now joined the IV team to share her knowledge, while gaining experience of working in the community.

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Lisa Britton
Lisa Britton

Lisa is one of our Trustees an accredited Counsellor and qualified Play Therapist. Since qualifying in 1999, she been working with adults, adolescents, children, families and couples in various settings. She specialises in working with people affected by mental ll-health, childhood sexual abuse, domestic abuse and trauma. She’s a mother of two adult children and has two dogs. She likes sailing, hiking and almost anything with sugar in it!

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Ellie Nevard
Ellie Nevard

Ellie is one of our trustees, she joined us in November 2017 soon after completing a 1 year secondment with Business in the Community as A Business Connector in Clacton.

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Ruby Wass
Ruby Wass

Ruby our newest Child and Adolescent Worker joined us summer 2019 A previous beneficiary she is a passionate advocate for children and young people and the Percy King community. Ruby’s motivation ensures even the most timid of personalities gain the confidence to try new experiences.

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James Taylor
James Taylor

James is our dedicated Bike Kitchen volunteer. His love of cycling and then fixing began at 3 years old. As an adult he ran his own garage, and enjoyed racing cars. He currently teaches Bikeability in schools.

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Claire Britton
Claire Britton

We are thrilled thtat Claire has joined the IV team again. Claire Youth Worker for 6 years in the past, ewnt on to work as a Team Leader in a local care home, where she gained extensive experience in mental health, dementia and learning disabilites.

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Taiwo Ajayi
Taiwo Ajayi

Taiwo has over 25 years’ experience in the sports and leisure industry working as a sports development officer and coach. Working for national governing bodies of sports (NGB’s) Local government, charities, and leisure centres. Taiwo has worked with young people all his life in community settings, and as a youth worker. Taiwo is a qualified sports coach in basketball, volleyball, and other sports. Taiwo has a love of music and being active, playing basketball, cycling, or dancing down the “disco

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Petra Cording no. 4
Petra Cording no. 4

Petra studied Sports Development and Coaching for three years, which led to working for five years with people with learning disabilities. She volunteered for an International development project in South Africa working with women and children from abused backgrounds.

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