Meet the team

Our friendly Routes team are here to support you on your journey into employment.

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Meet the team

Our friendly Routes team are here to support you on your journey into employment.

Read on to find out a little more about us, how we can support you, and what we like doing in our spare time.

Meet our advisers

Aradhana

I am the Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Education Coordinator at The WEA, so my role is to work with clients in West Sussex to help support and signpost them to opportunities and services, essentially to enable them to get to where they need to go.

I love the variety of people I get to meet in my job and building the kind of relationships that mean that our meetings feel like a friendly catch up.

I worked in informal and formal education for over 15 years and have a background in community work and IAG. My skill set is varied but is based on a person-centred solution-focused approach.

I love to travel, to explore new places and people, and you can often find me buried in a book, adventuring to new places, or searching for new experiences.

Claire

I am an Information Advice and Guidance Worker for Routes at the Hangleton and Knoll Project.

Working in collaboration with participants, I explore their unique needs, taking into account that person’s thoughts, feelings, values, lifestyle, challenges, interests and strengths before deciding on the next steps needed to reach their goals in relation to employment and learning.

I am an experienced Occupational Therapist and have worked in health and social care sectors for over 20 years. I also have experience of working in mental health, HIV and housing services.

I am passionate about providing meaningful support to individuals and communities. I feel privileged to be invited to work with Routes participants, to really understand what makes them tick and then to develop personalised support plans with that individual. My approach is holistic, dynamic and creative.

My favourite pastime during the warmer months is to go for runs along the seafront which end up in the sea in order to cool down, this is such a lush feeling! However, I generally will do this early morning when no one else is watching!

Jayne Routley

I am the Education Coordinator at The WEA and support the Routes project with the paperwork and research.

I love that the little things we can do help people make positive changes in their lives.

I have worked in adult learning for the last 25 years organising courses and supporting tutors. I love being involved in learning - it makes such a difference.

In my other life I’m a textile artist and I enjoy live music.

Mirco

I am the Routes Career Programme Coordinator at Whitehawk Inn. Here, I support people back into employment via a tailored programme that includes training, placement, mentoring and practical employment preparation.

Being able to contribute and assist our participants achieve their goals is a wonderful feeling.

I have worked in the private, public and third sector over a career spanning 24 years, of which the majority of roles were related to formal and informal education and employability projects.

I love dad jokes and stand-up comedy so much so that I organised the first stand-up comedy festival in Portugal (I was born in Mozambique and I grew up in Portugal).

Nicole

I am the Community Learning and Arts Coordinator and I set up the Routes project in Hangleton & Knoll back in 2016. I continue to work with a small caseload of participants and oversee the monitoring and finance elements of the work.

I’ve been working in the community and voluntary sector for over 20 years in a range of roles, from youth worker through to Chief Executive. I love working as part of the Routes team, and playing a small part in people’s journeys towards, and into, employment. I believe that everyone has the skills and abilities to reach their goals, and it is amazing to watch when someone blossoms and takes credit for their own achievements.

When I’m not at work, you can often find me in the park walking my dog, at the gym, or at my children’s school where I’m Vice chair of governors. Or organising junior parkrun on a Sunday. Rest…what’s that?!

Meet our project team

Jayne Ross

I am the Routes Project Coordinator which means I am responsible for managing the overall project and partnership to ensure that we meet the requirements of our funders and stakeholders and clients. I particularly enjoy working with our Project Support team and advisers. It’s very rewarding to see how the project is helping so many people achieve their goals.

I started my career in banking. After 22 years I moved into the voluntary and charity sector as CEO of an education charity where we helped thousands of people in their development and learning. I am an experienced manager in both sectors and particularly enjoy many aspects of project management.

I love travelling, looking after my allotment, meeting friends, learning new things. I have just started to learn to paddle board – it’s never too late, is it?

Katherine

I support the Project Coordinator (Jayne Ross) with various aspects of the project, such as reporting project progress to the National Lottery Community Fund, providing advice and support to our project partners and ensuring compliance with the Building Better Opportunities guidelines.

I love hearing good news stories from our partners, such as a participant getting a job or conquering a particularly challenging barrier. I also quite like data, which is handy in my job, so seeing the numbers of people we have helped increasing is very exciting!

Much of my working life has been in the public sector, working primarily in HR and Training, but have wanted to work in the charity sector for a long time so I’m loving being part of this project!!

Alongside my day job I volunteer as Chair for the Parent Teacher Association at my children’s school and am a voluntary Eco-Schools Assessor for Keep Britain Tidy.  I love running in the dark whilst listening to 80’s music and can play the recorder with my nose! Oh, and I hate 'baby shark do do dodo dodo'.

Sam

As Finance Officer, I check all the partners financial evidence before submitting to the Community Fund - I enjoy the budgeting of a partnership project.

I have worked in the voluntary sector for about 20 years and held many hats whilst being the operations manager for a local disability organisation for 12 years. I now work with a number of charities in Brighton through my own business.

I love singing and am part of a choir called Local Vocal - recently I’ve started gigging my own material. I am also a leader of fashion.