Meet The Team

  • Stuart McGrory (Project Manager)
  • Helen Barker (Quality Coordinator)
  • Andrew Coulson (Deputy Project Manager)
  • Lauren Jones (Volunteer Coordinator)
  • Maureen Haydock (Finance Officer)
  • Josie Barrow (Monitoring Officer, Include-IT Mersey)
  • Jack Shields (Monitoring Officer, New Futures)

Biographies


Helen Barker (Quality Coordinator)

I have worked in the community education sector since 1989 starting off as a part time tutor for Liverpool Adult Education Service.  I worked at Homelink, a women’s community education centre based in Netherley.

From here I went on to head up the Education and Skills Department at KUC, a Trade Union Centre based in Kirkby where I set up the first internet café in Kirkby alongside a learning centre. I led on several ESF employment and skills and anti-poverty projects.  I was also responsible for a transnational project that researched equality for women in the workplace across Europe.

After 8 years, I left to set up my own social enterprise.  Alongside my husband Graham, we set up KPAC, a training provider that worked primarily with adults with disabilities

Since 2016 I have worked at Sefton CVS, firstly as the Quality Coordinator for VOLA, and for a year as Area Lead for the Central Locality area.  Here I manage a team who support VCF organisations across Sefton.

In April 2019 I moved back to the VOLA team to resume my post as Quality Coordinator.  I am responsible for ensuring high quality training delivery across the Include-IT Mersey.

Outside of my job I am a trustee for my local GP’s charitable organisation supporting the social prescription agenda in the Kirkby and Melling community.  I am a volunteer for the Blood Bikers charity that transports blood and other items between hospitals when they are urgently needed for patients.  My role is to train new riders and operators.

I am married to Graham and have 3 children, a dog, 2 cats and a chameleon.  In my personal time I enjoy travelling and writing my own travel journals and am also a keen photographer.