The Gap Community Centre has a team of people who are passionate about the work they do. Our dedicated team, staff and volunteers always go the extra mile to make people feel welcome when they walk through the doors, ensuring that our service users feel safe, secure and happy they decided to choose to come to The Gap that day.
Originally from Brazil, Marcos has over 14 years’ community work experience, both in Brazil and the UK and has a particular interest in developing Youth Services in the local area and beyond. Marcos is a visionary and sees The Gap as not just a hub for local people to access vital support and activities, but also an outreach service for those hard to reach people living amongst us. After completing his degree in Youth and Community Services in 2012, Marcos then went on to complete an MBA in Leadership and Management in 2016 at Worcester University.
Older Adults Activity Coordinator
Chris joined The Gap in January 2016 and brought with her over 30 years of experience working in the public/community sector, including 20 years teaching in both youth and adult education. Chris’ previous job with Age UK Solihull North involved leading a project to combat social isolation amongst older people by developing health, wellbeing and leisure activities. Her aim is to develop similar services here at The Gap. Her experience and skills, along with her infectious humour, means she is a real asset to the team.
Allan has been part of the team since 2017 and is responsible for ensuring The Gap is clean, tidy and in good order at all times. He is also responsible for setting up rooms that have been hired out by our service users, as well as ensuring our Health and Safety policy is adhered to at all times.
Kate has worked for The Gap since January 2005 and is responsible for the day to day running of the centre. She is the friendly face that makes all our visitors feel welcome and safe. Kate is in charge of finance, volunteers, room hire, building cleaning and maintenance, catering and general administration. Her knowledge and experience is invaluable and her ability to multi-task is an enviable skill!
The Gap was lucky enough to secure the services of Adam in February 2016 and since his appointment, our catering facilities have gone from strength to strength. He brought with him 5 years experience working in pub and restaurant kitchens and is an expert at creating wholesome, home-cooked meals for our weekly Older Adults Lunch Club as well as being a dab hand at making delicious cakes for The Gap’s café. He’s a really nice bloke as well!
Beth has worked with The Gap since 2011, initially as a volunteer and more recently, as a paid Youth Worker. Beth is a very positive person, who is always ready to get stuck into new projects. Being only 22 years old herself, she understands the needs of young people and is therefore extremely good at picking up on problems, noticing changes in a young person’s behaviour and subsequently helping them address their issues.
Sara has over 20 year’s experience in marketing, fundraising and event management and has added an extra dimension to The Gap since she joined in November 2014. Sara has the ability to think of different ways to approach challenges in order to achieve the best possible solution. Her aim is to ensure The Gap achieves the highest possible awareness within the local community and remains financially viable now and in the future.
Youth Team Leader
Rich is a qualified NVQ Level 2 Youth Worker and has worked for The Gap since 2005 – initially as a Youth Worker and latterly as The Youth Team Leader. Through his experience and passion for working with young people, Rich has brought about a number of positive changes to all Youth Club sessions. His primary focus has been to work towards enriching the lives of local young people (many of whom have to live with daily difficulties) by helping them to make the right lifestyle choices; giving them to platform to improve their confidence; showing them how to respect their peers and build strong relationships.
Sybil has worked with young people for many years and has an infectious, cheerful personality. Using her BA (Hons) in Art, she is able to inject a huge amount of creativity into the Youth Club Art projects, many of which have received pride of place in various places, including the local superstore, church and tourism office. In May 2016, Sybil helped some of The Gap’s Youth Club members create a sculpture to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday, which was subsequently entered into The Warwick Fairtrade Sculpture competition. And it won 1st prize! Sybil also has a CTLLS teaching qualification.