Emma has an interest in research and demonstrating impact.
Emma has worked with Gibran providing specialist support to women and men in the CJS since 2008 following her service at HMP Swansea.
Emma has worked at all levels, from front line delivery with the Going Home Project to project management of Sex Work Research Wales, CONNECT and Staying Home. Emma helped in the development of Gibran’s Women’s Peer Mentor Programme.
Emma leads Gibran’s partnership with the IOM Cymru’s Women’s Pathfinder Project supporting the innovative Cardiff Diversion Pilot. The pilot diverts women arrested for the first time or for low-level offences into support.
Emma managed the complex, multi-agency, £450,000 project ‘Sex Work Research Wales’. This three year project (in partnership with Swansea University) produced a report which can be downloaded from the website, together with a series of films, ‘So you think you know me’. ‘So you think you know me’ is based on the true stories of women and men and the film’s dialogue includes the actual words of sex workers who shared their stories with the research team.
Emma is a member of the BACP Criminal Justice Forum exploring the work of counsellors in prison, and since 2013 has chaired the NOMS Criminal Justice Forum. Through the forum Emma has worked closely with WG and partners to organise the ‘Prisoner Housing and Social Care’ event focusing on the changes in law in Wales.
During 2013 Emma was appointed as a Director of Gibran UK working alongside the current MD with a view to ensuring the sustainability of the business.
Rosa first visited Gibran UK during 2011 and left us hoping one day to join our team. We are delighted to welcome Rosa as the Staying Home Project Manager.
Rosa has worked in the third sector for over 15 years, with experience of managing homelessness, mental health and domestic abuse services.
Rosa brings to our team her considerable experience of managing complex projects with vulnerable people. Her particular experience was with people experiencing mental health issues domestic abuse and housing difficulties. Three factors that we know are key areas of support needed by ex-offenders.
With many years management experience, Rosa has brought together multi disciplinary teams, within complex and changing legislative environment.
As an experienced trainer Rosa will enhance the training programmes as Rosa is a Welsh Government approved Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
In addition to her role as Project Manager she will support the expansion our office accommodation to include both Cardiff and Swansea.
Rosa has a genuine passion for developing and delivering services that support and inspire people and for seeing the positive outcomes that can be achieved. She is committed to tackling the stigma associated with the challenges faced by people who experience social exclusion.
During September 2015, Rosa travelled with the squad from Wales to Amsterdam to take part in the 2015 Homeless World Cup. Team Wales Men’s and Women’s squads lined up alongside 62 other nations in a unique football event opened by the King of the Netherlands. The womens team were prize winners.
Gail joined the Gibran team having previously had over 20 years’ experience working in various administrative roles within the Water Industry and with a local architectural company; she also undertook volunteer work with Marie Curie.
Gail’s experience and skills are invaluable for the smooth operation of a busy office and the co-ordination of team members who are working with challenging clients in the community.
Sheila has worked with Gibran through our partnership with the North Wales Women’s Centre for the last three and a half years and really enjoys her role as an Outreach Worker for the CONNECT and STAYING HOME Project(s).
Sheila previously worked for the Probation Service for over twenty years where she took a leading role on Women’s Issues.
Sheila founded the Women of Wales Community Justice Alliance in 2010, which she chaired for the first two years.
Volunteering is a huge interest of Sheila’s, she has delivered Volunteer training at the North Wales Women’s Centre and she understands the value and confidence that volunteering brings, having previously been a volunteer for ChildLine some years ago.
Sheila has also started to deliver the Managing Emotions Course for Gibran at the North Wales Women’s Centre; this is an eight week course for women who want to improve their emotional wellbeing. This is proving to be a very popular and well attended course.
Jackie heard about Gibran(UK) Ltd during 2008, whilst she was volunteering for Family and Friends of Prisoners (FFOPs), a Swansea based charity supporting the family members of people who have been involved in the Criminal Justice System. Jackie had volunteered for FFOPs for 2 years.
Jackie joined Gibran initially as an outreach worker before completing management training and now leads our team of peer mentors. Jackie has gained her PTTLS qualification which enables her to teach on our accredited OCN Peer Mentoring Course.
Jackie has excellent interpersonal skills which enable her to achieve excellent engagement with beneficiaries. Beneficiaries know that Jackie will always `go that extra mile for them` and help them with her safe, non- judgmental approach. They know she will be an excellent advocate for them and help beneficiaries access the additional support that they need.
In addition to her role as Peer Mentor Manager, Jackie is the key contact for the Big White Wall, which is an online support for people with mild to moderate mental health issues.
Jackie is one of our most experienced outreach workers; her areas of expertise include working with people with mental health issues; supporting people leaving custody; support with housing, debt and welfare issues.
Since August 2014 Jackie has been supporting women who have been referred to Gibran(UK) Ltd through the Integrated Offender Management Women’s Pathfinder project. She works with women who have been referred for a low level offence, and this work is particularly rewarding; the women progress by accepting their guilt and being grateful for the additional support that is available to address the reasons why they were in trouble in the first place.
I graduated from University of South Wales this year, with a Criminology, Criminal Justice and Youth Justice degree.
Since completing my student placement at Gibran in 2014, I have gone on to work on the Glad Rags project, supervising women on probation who were completing their community sentences. I have completed a 4 day training course as a peer mentor and had the opportunity to be one of the curators of the Koestler ‘Illumination’ Exhibition, alongside the women completing their community sentences.
I have now been employed as a full time member of staff since March 2015, working as an outreach worker. I offer support to women who have been involved in the Criminal Justice System or are at risk of offending. I have been involved with working on the IOM Diversion scheme, supporting women with low level offences diverted onto the scheme.
I am currently working on the Connect project and am one of the facilitators delivering IT training to women. I have then gone on to support many of the women who get referred onto the IT Training.
Position: Diversion Project Assessment Worker & STAYING HOME Administrator
After graduating from University with a degree in B/A Events Management, Kathryn has developed a passion and an interest in the Criminal Justice System.
Kathryn has a role based supporting the IOM Cymru’s Women’s Pathfinder Project. The pilot project diverts women arrested for first time or low-level offences ensuring they receive the support they need. The role entails carrying out assessments with the women, ensuring they are signposted to the help they are in need of with the aim of trying to prevent re-offending and to empower the women.
Kristy joined Gibran in September 2015 as an Outreach Worker. Kristy has an MSc. Criminology and Criminal Justice (Substance Misuse), BSc, Forensic Science. Kristy has also worked in prisons and as a Police Community Support Officer.
Whilst Kristy was working in Cardiff Women’s Aid she trained to assess the psychological and social impacts of domestic abuse. Subsequently she provided women with emotional and practical support.
Kristy also participated in the Psychological Advocacy Towards Healing( PATH) research trial for Cardiff Women’s Aid and Bristol University - http://www.bristol.ac.uk/primaryhealthcare/researchthemes/path.html. As a Specialist Psychological Advocate, Kristy provided therapeutic sessions to women who experienced domestic abuse, helping and re-empowering them to begin their journey of healing.
With her wide ranging knowledge and experience of working in domestic abuse, criminal justice, substance misuse, welfare benefits, housing, multi-agency work, debt management and child welfare we are delighted to welcome her to the team.
We are partnered and independently funded by a range of sponsors who value and support our work.
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