Family Workers

Linda Smith

Linda Smith

Family Worker

Linda has worked in the community with young people and families for around 12 years. She started out as a mentor to care leavers, with ‘It’s your choice’. She moved on to be a youth worker with a Christian company called Alabare, where she spent three years working alongside homeless young people with drug related issues and in many cases mental health issues.

For seven years she worked at Totton College as a college welfare officer which involves working with troubled teenagers and families covering all kinds of issues but homelessness seems to be high on the agenda, alongside sexual health and emotional problems. She has studied a higher education certificate in community development at Winchester Uni and has a BA (Hons) degree in applied theology, community and family studies.

Linda has worked for YFM as a Family Worker for the past six years.

Her main responsibilities include:

  • Supporting families through one to one or small group work
  • Setting up new projects in response to the needs of local families
Paula Oag

Paula Oag

Family Worker

Paula trained as a youth worker with Youth for Christ working in several secondary schools and youth clubs in the Midlands. She then went on to become a student progress mentor at one of the schools gaining an NOCN in counselling skills.

She maintains her professional development, having completed courses in:

  • Supporting Parents of Teenagers
  • Self Esteem
  • Information, Advice and Guidance

Paula has worked for YFM over the last seven years as a Family Worker.

Her main responsibilities include:

  • Supporting families through the Coffee drop-in
  • Supporting families through one to one work
  • Supporting families through the ADHD & Autism Parent Support Group
  • Supporting individuals through the TIDES group
Debbie Murray

Debbie Murray

Family Worker

Debbie worked as a Community Development Worker with the ‘Forest Bus’ Community project for six years. During this time she was involved in 1-1 work with families and children as well as group work in schools and within the community. Towards the end of her time here she completed her ‘Open’ Honours Degree in Child Development and Psychology.

She spent a year volunteering with YFM after Forest Bus closed before starting with Abbotswood Junior School as a Learning Support Assistant. Debbie started with YFM in January 2017.

Her main responsibilities include:

  • Supporting families through one to one work

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283a Salisbury Road,
Totton, Southampton,
Hampshire SO40 3LZ

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