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About Team

Catching Lives Staff Team

Meet the Team

Emma McCrudden

Interim Manager

My role at Catching Lives is as an outreach worker, supporting homeless individuals in the Canterbury area. This can involve building a rapport with people who, for various reasons, choose not to access our centre with the goal being to work towards them accessing our services.

Graeme Solly

Project Leader

I joined Catching Lives as a volunteer in 2013 before becoming the Project Leader in 2016. My current role is to support the team of Project Workers who assist our clients. I also oversee the day-to-day running of our day centre services, providing support to our Fundraiser, Data Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator. After nearly a decade at Catching Lives I have seen many clients take positive steps forward in their lives and I am always inspired by seeing how those who are in difficult situations manage to remain strong and resilient, which in turn inspires me to continue to do the work I do.

Ruth Akehurst

Volunteer Co-ordinator

Our dedicated team of volunteers are at the beating heart of everything we do here at Catching Lives. They run our kitchen, that feeds hot meals to the homeless we serve, every day. Seven days a week, 365 days per year. They come out into the community with us on outreach and for special events to help us reach more people who need us, and help us spread the word of what Catching Lives is all about.
I have the honour of working with these individuals every day to ensure all the myriad roles that our volunteers attend to run as smoothly as possible.

Mick James

Fundraiser

I’ve 25 years-experience working in the charity sector, initially in Disabled Children’s Services and then eight years supporting Kent charities to access and apply for funding, helping raise over £1million during that time. Has been Fundraiser at Catching Lives since 2019.

Miriam Ellis

Arts & Activities Co-ordinator

I joined Catching Lives in 2017 after completing a degree in Fine and Applied Art at CCU. Prior to that I worked as a theatre technician and then a Production Arts teacher at Canterbury College.

Sarah Prior

Marketing Support Officer

I joined Catching Lives in 2021 as the part-time Marketing Officer and have received so much support from the team regarding their ideas for moving the charity forward in terms of raising awareness of everything Catching Lives do for rough sleeprs in Kent and for the wider homeless community in terms of the campaign work we do.

Denis Tweedie

Mental Health Specialist

I have worked as a psychiatric nurse for over 35 years in many different settings. A large part of my career has been working with people with drug and alcohol problems. I have worked for various charities and have specialised in rehabilitation services.

Karen Baxter

Mental Health Specialist

I trained and qualified as a psychiatric nurse in 1987 from the Lawson School of Nursing, St Augustine’s Hospital, Chartham. Since that time I have worked in a range of statutory mental health settings including in-patient, residential adolescent unit and the community.

Stephanie Hagen

Mentoring Co-ordinator

I came to live in Canterbury with my three children in 2016 from Germany via Hong Kong – my previous homes. My current role is Mentoring Coordinator with the goal (through the help of a great group of volunteer Mentors to guide) of supporting our clients who have moved into accommodation to settle successfully back into a self-sufficient life.