MEET THE TEAM AT GENIE IN THE GUTTER

We have a small team of 13 full and part time staff strengthened by our visiting tutors and fantastic volunteers/peer mentors. Approximately 50% are in recovery offering service users tangible evidence that change is possible.  We are part of Liverpool John Moores University volunteers network and are proud that some students have since gained employment with us, playing an integral part in the organisations growth & development.  We hold team building days alongside regular supervision whilst operating robust social equality and zero tolerance bullying policies. Valuing the health and well being of our staff, we do what we can to achieve a happy and healthy team. 

Carolyn

CEO & Co-founder

Graduating from the London Studio Centre of performing arts (too many moons ago to mention!) I founded Genie in 2008 by teaching freelance drama classes at the rehabilitation centre: Park View Project, that my brother (who is in recovery) set-up. We wanted to help other families overcome what my brother and our family had. Every day I am faced with people who, for whatever reasons, are having difficult times and doing their best to turn things around: it’s this reality that keeps me constantly motivated.

I have many personal interests (time permitting!): I love yoga, travelling and swimming, I’m an avid writer and choreographer, and I’ve also been known to jump out of planes and climb up scary mountains! Music is another love of mine, but my first love is my family, without whom I wouldn’t have the strength, tenacity and courage to take Genie to where we are today: a thriving hub of creativity and recovery that helps as many people as possible to recover and go on to live rich and meaningful lives

 

Janine

Project Manager

 

I began my journey at Genie as a volunteer in 2011 whilst I was a student; I then gained employment with the organisation as a Recovery Keyworker and progressed, to Project Manager. During my time here, Genie has overcome significant adversity and in doing so has demonstrated that strength lies in community and resilience. Genie continues to be a thriving hub of creativity, love and compassion that is bigger than any one of us, and I am very proud to be a part of the inspiring community here. Growing up witnessing a close family member struggling with addiction I was inspired by their strength in overcoming it, addiction can affect anyone, it does not discriminate, and I am committed to challenging the stigmas around it and creating awareness.

 

I’m a devoted advocate of lifelong learning, and also an eager yoga and meditation enthusiast who loves maths, reading and keeping up to date with current affairs, and dream of one day becoming a contestant on Countdown or Bake Off!

Diane

Volunteer Coordinator

Having lived overseas for a number of years I decided to return home to be closer to family and raise my children. I still retain my love of adventure and have a keen interest in music & fashion, but love nothing more than spending quality time with my husband and two sons at home, holidaying and attending music festivals together.

I originally volunteered at Genie in 2013 and this has led to my love affair with this incredible charity. My role is to recruit and support our fantastic volunteers, who are an integral part of the service delivered to our clients. A typical day at Genie? There is no such thing, like any small charity you learn to be resourceful and flexible.

Why do I love working here? Genie's ethos and values provide a unique, supportive and warm atmosphere that has a profound and positive effect on so many lives. Nobody willingly chooses addiction, but Genie supports people to make the choices that can lead to a meaningful and fulfilling future for them, it really does save lives!

Roisin

Recovery Keyworker

 

Whilst studying a Health and Social Care degree at LJMU, I completed my placement at Genie and volunteered once a week for a further three months. It was clear after my experience at Genie, I gained a real insight into the need for support services for those in active addiction, with a range of individual needs. 

 

Just over a year later, I have been employed as the Project and Recovery Co-Coordinator at Genie. Every day brings its challenges, however, I feel a huge sense of fulfilment when I see the service users able to re-build their lives and progress into their recovery journey. I believe through Genie's ethos and values, we are working towards a social capital and reclaiming the need to support those who are vulnerable and often excluded from society. 

 

In my free time, I enjoy socialising with my friends and visiting my family back home. I also love getting involved in physical activity sports, including Gaelic football.

Peter

Recovery Keyworker

 

After many years in and out of addiction and recovery in February 2016, I found a sense of purpose. Since June 2016 I have spent 2 years training to volunteer and working in the recovery community for the Whitechapel centre, Action on addiction, Wirral ways (CGL) and Amy Winehouse foundation. 

 

In August 2017 I was employed as a support worker at Brink of Change Liverpool.

 

I have been a friend of Genie throughout this time, and in July 2018 I got the opportunity to become part of the amazing team here at Genie In The Gutter as a Recovery Keyworker - I now understand my Sense of purpose.

 

We can all look up to the stars!

Karina

Production Coordinator

I graduated from LIPA in 2015 with a degree in Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management and began volunteering with the amazing team at Genie in 2017, and

haven't regretted a second I’ve spent here. The professional experience you gain while seeing such massive improvements in the client's lives is invaluable.

I’m currently working on Genies 10th anniversary musical theatre production: ‘One Man’s Story’, which is enabling me to put all I learnt at LIPA to good use, and in such a worthy environment. One Man’s Story is helping me to build up my experience and portfolio, and I cannot wait for the show to be performed on September 7th 2018, and to share it all with you!

I have many personal interests but my main one has to be music, I love it! But not quite as much as I love my family who, (whilst we currently live in different countries), I dedicate my work to and for every day.

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Genie In The Gutter, registered charity no. 1172952, would like to thank our funders and supporters for supporting our cause.