TLA develop strategy growth with three key appointments

TLA develop strategy growth with three key appointments

A YORKSHIRE charity committed to preventing homelessness is adding to its management team with three new appointments.

Turning Lives Around (TLA) works with people to prevent homelessness and empower them to change their own lives and live independently within sustainable communities.

Jess Haigh and Lorna Willis join as senior managers while Amanda Harrison is appointed Human Resources Manager as the Leeds based charity looks to develop its pioneering work beyond West Yorkshire.

Both Jess and Lorna have a wealth of experience in the homeless sector.  Jess spent six years as a service contract manager for London based Look Ahead working with vulnerable people and families including those with complex needs, mental health issues and survivors of domestic abuse.  She has also volunteered for a variety of outreach services including Thames Reach and the Refugee Council.

As Senior Manager for Beacon, one of TLA’s supported housing schemes run in conjunction with mental health and wellbeing service provider Touchstone and Foundation, support provider for vulnerable people, Jess overseas the Intensive Support Environments which provide 24/7 on site support for residents with multiple and complex needs.

“There is a lot happening in Leeds in terms of the homelessness agenda.  Multiple agencies are working together from a community wide perspective.  TLA and Beacon are part of that and are doing some really interesting things,” commented Jess.

Lorna brings more than 10 years’ experience of working in supported housing services in West Yorkshire particularly in working with homeless people with additional mental health problems.  Previous roles have been with Community Links in Leeds and Horton Housing, Fairweather and Creative Support in Bradford.

Lorna will head up Carr Beck, TLA’s unique accommodation for women with alcohol dependency, Seacole which provides emergency accommodation for young people and Sustain Wakefield, a floating support service for both single people, couples and families.  She will also oversee Horizons, a pilot project funded by the Ministry of Justice to provide housing choices for people leaving prison.

“I’m a passionate believer in the need to provide quality support services to homeless client groups and how working in partnership with other agencies can meet the full needs of those accessing the services,” said Lorna.  “I’m very much looking forward to the challenges that managing such diverse services for TLA will bring.”

Amanda Harrison has more than 30 years HR experience in industries including manufacturing, retail to financial management.  She has expertise in strategy development and implementation across multi-site organisations plus learning and development.  With five years as a trustee for drugs rehabilitation organisation Multiple Choice, she is looking forward to helping TLA achieve its vision and values.

Chief Executive Janet Spencer welcomed Jess, Lorna and Amanda to the TLA team.

“We are at an exciting point in TLA’s development going from strength to strength as we help vulnerable people in Yorkshire not only have somewhere safe to live but overcome very challenging personal circumstances to achieve happy, sustainable and independent futures,” she said.

“We are always looking for innovative ways of achieving this and are confident that with their experience and enthusiasm that Jess, Lorna and Amanda will play a key part in this.”