Staff Profiles

Senior Management Team

Hannah Seymour

Operations Manager

“I am the Operations Manager for The Befriending Scheme, My role is  to  manage the majority of the office based staff and  ensure funding based projects are managed efficiently.
I love visiting our services within the community and working with the staff to think of creative ways to ensure we are meeting the needs of our members.”

Telephone: 01787 371333

Email:[email protected]

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Toni Horsley

Training Manager

“Hi, my name is Toni and I am the Training Manager at TBS. My role is to design, develop and implement training programmes for our members to help them develop their life skills to live more independently. I am also responsible for meeting the training needs of our staff members and our volunteers.
I love meeting our members to learn about what skills they want to develop and then designing short interactive courses to help them achieve that. It is very rewarding when I see something I have taught them put into action and I know they will be safer and happier for it.
The team I work with at TBS are great and have a clear passion for what they do, I enjoy working with them to design or source training to help them develop in their roles and ultimately support our members better and make TBS a stronger and more sustainable organisation.”

Toni is currently on Maternity Leave, please contact the office if you have any queries regarding Training. 

Telephone: 01787 371333


Sally McInerney

Community Services Manager

“Hi, my name is Sally and I am the Community Services Manager for TBS. My role is to manage all of the community based services across Suffolk and support the staffwho deliver these groups.  
I really enjoy visiting the groups, meeting the people we support, and seeing all of the wonderful activities that my staff plan each week; everything from pantomimes, to Japanese crafts, to cooking, sports and bingo. 
The groups are always a warm and welcoming  place, and it’s great for me to hear feedback from those we support about how ‘safe’ they feel within our services and how much they enjoy them.  I look forward to meeting you at one of our great groups soon!”

Telephone: 01787 371333

Office Team


Tash Young

Office Administrator & BETL Coordinator

Hi! I’m Tash and I’m the Office Administrator. I oversee the day-to-day running of our offices at The Croft in Sudbury, process all the volunteer and membership applications we receive and file the information onto our Database so we can keep track of everyone involved in our organisation.

I am also the first point of contact when you phone, email or write to us and will outline how best we can meet your needs. I really enjoy seeing what a difference we make to vulnerable people across Suffolk. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch and see how our team and I can help!

Telephone: 01787 371333

Email: [email protected]


Rob Taylor

Marketing and Promotions Officer

“Hi, my name is Rob and I am the Marketing & Promotions Officer for TBS. I work to raise the profile of TBS and our work in the media, with the public and with other organisations so they know who we are and how they can help us to help our members. 
I love talking about TBS, our members & volunteers, so more people understand what we do, why we do it and how important it is to get involved. I love to get involved myself, whether taking photos of a hub, singing at an event, giving a talk or just having a chat with our members at a hub group about their interests. It’s great to see smiling faces and just how much difference TBS makes first hand.  
If you would like to know more about TBS, or are able to help us through publicity, donations or as a volunteer, please get in touch with me. “

Mobile: 07505398245

Email: [email protected]

Karen Bleay

Project Manager

“I am Project Manager at The Befriending Scheme.  My role is to oversee an exciting new project: a Care Farm for our members and other vulnerable adults in Suffolk.  The Care Farm will be a place where people can spend the day helping to run the farm or take part in training.  We are currently looking for land, so please get in touch if you can help!
As a qualified teacher, I also provide some training courses for adults such as Creative writing and Employment Skills.  The best parts of my job are working with the fabulous team of people at TBS and meeting our members at the Hubs and on courses.”

Telephone: 07818 262113

Email:[email protected]

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Sue Dodd


“Hi I’m Sue and jobshare 2 days per week with Tash, the Office Administrator. I am responsible for processing all the volunteer and membership applications we receive and update the information onto our Database so we can keep track of everyone involved in our organisation.

I look after the volunteer expenses and help with the day to day running of the office, often being the first point of contact when you phone, email or write to us.”

Service Delivery Team


Danielle O’Connor

One-To-One Link Co-Ordinator

“Hi there! I’m Danielle, the 1:1 Link Co-Ordinator at The Befriending Scheme. I work with individuals aged 25 and above across Suffolk.

My role is to create and manage 1:1 friendships between members and volunteers. Although friendships usually begin with a person volunteering their time, more often than not I see members and volunteers becoming genuine friends. As well as our members, our volunteers have the opportunity to build experience and confidence through the training opportunities that we offer.

Our volunteers are the heart of The Befriending Scheme, they offer our members companionship, support and opportunities to broaden our members’ experiences in life.

We are always looking for new volunteers who are willing to become a friend and make a difference to that person’s life. If this is something you would like to do please get in touch, I would love to speak with you more about how you can make that difference!”

Mobile: 07906660213

Email: [email protected]


Will Ginno

Young Persons’ Co-ordinator

“Hi, my name is Will and I am The Young Persons’ Co-ordinator for The Befriending Scheme. I work with people aged 16- 24 years old, all across Suffolk. My roles are to oversee 1-1 befriending links with young people, recruit young members and volunteers, and run youth- related projects.

I am lucky to have a really fun, exciting and diverse job; doing everything from taking young people with learning disabilities out to do archery one day, to organising a concert with volunteers on another.

I am very passionate about The Befriending Scheme and the work that we do. I get to meet so many inspirational young people and I love to see the positive contribution that our 1-1 links make. Young people can make such a difference and I thoroughly recommend getting involved if you would like to make a difference too.”

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: 07715 331596

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Katy Hadgraft

Community Engagement & Participation Officer -Suffolk

Hi, I’m Katy and I am the Community Engagement and Participation officer for TBS. Our Community Engagement Work involves running activity groups aimed around providing activities and information for local vulnerable groups. 

We currently run 3 separate groups including a group for parents and pre-school children at Phoenix Children’s Centre in Sudbury, a group for parents and pre school children in Hadleigh and a fortnightly coffee morning session in Ipswich for Orbit Housing residents. We are in the process of developing another Better Together group at the Beaumont school in Hadleigh, along with a very similar group in Woodbridge and two more groups for Orbit Housing tenants in Ipswich and Newmarket.

We really enjoy running our groups and working with the adults and children who attend our sessions, 

If you would like to find out more about the groups we run please contact us for more.

Telephone: 07722 407185

Email:[email protected]


Kerrey Goosetree

Area Co-ordinator Ipswich, Felixstowe & Stowmarket

“Hi, my name is Kerrey and I am the Area co-ordinator for Ipswich, Stowmarket and Felixstowe. My role is to plan and run our Hub groups in these areas.

I really enjoy planning and running the groups, meeting the people we support, and having some fantastic volunteers. Each week we have a different theme, these have included our Around the World series of days to a Disney inspired day and sessions based on various high days and national holidays. We also love a game of Bingo and enjoy simple cooking activities. Our Ipswich group especially love to try new sports and are very crafty.

Felixstowe meet once a month for an evening social event, recent events have included Discos, quiz nights and a trip to ten pin bowling. I have recently taken over Stowmarket and I’m looking forward to planning some great activities there too. 

The groups are always a warm and welcoming place, and its great place to meet up with friends. Our Hubs have something for everyone, whether you just want to come for a cup of tea and a chat or if you want to try a new sport or try and different craft.

We love to welcome visitors to our Hubs so if you would like to come along to see what we are up to please pop along.  I look forward to meeting you at one of our great groups soon!”

Mobile: 07462 249373

Email: [email protected]


Nicky Russell

Area Co-Ordinator Sudbury

“My name is Nicky Russell and I am the Area Coordinator for the Sudbury area; running a weekly hub group and monthly Tuesday evening and Saturday clubs. I also run cluster groups for local people who are on the waiting list for a linked befriender.

In my role I am very lucky in that I can help enable many people to try new activities, find friendship and enjoy challenges and opportunities within a welcoming, friendly environment. With my fantastic team of volunteers we have a great time helping our members try everything from drama, music and craft activities to pub trips, golf and cricket matches.
We all enjoy welcoming visitors to the group and would be delighted to see you soon!”

Mobile: 07906 758031

Email: [email protected]


Christine Roe

Area Co-ordinator Lowestoft

“Hi, my name is Christine, I am the Area Co ordinator for Lowestoft which includes Halesworth, Bungay, Beccles, Southwold and the surrounding areas. My role involves planning and organising many different activities, the best part of the job is meeting lots of people, getting to know them and seeing friendships develop. Our Hub group meets on a Friday and it’s a warm, welcoming place with lots of fun and people to chat with.


Activities include glass engraving, crafts, games, training opportunities, Indian head massages, art and lots more. Recently we went to Carlton Marshes and enjoyed a day in our lovely Suffolk countryside with the opportunity to try rural crafts, pond dipping and bird watching. One of our main activities whatever we are doing is time to enjoy a cuppa and chat with members and volunteers.

Please get in touch if you are interested in becoming a member or a volunteer a warm welcome awaits you.”

Mobile: 07906 758039

Email: [email protected]


Karen Naylor

Area Co-Ordinator Bury St Edmunds

“Hello, my name is Karen and I am the Area Coodinator for the Bury St Edmunds area. 

 The Bury St Edmunds  Hub is a warm friendly group where adults with learning disabilities can come and meet new friends, learn about and experience new things and have fun in a safe, welcoming environment. We do a variety of different activities, but usually always have arts and crafts, and games, including the favourite, Bingo.

At our venue we are very fortunate to have use of a grand piano and a talented pianist, so we have a music session most weeks, which is very popular with members, and twice a year we put on concerts

The Bury  St Edmunds Hub is also a place where volunteers can come and develop their skills and grow in confidence whilst providing valuable support to our members and staff team.

I really enjoy running Bury group, planning and carrying out the various activities; spending time with our members and volunteers and helping them to have fun and grow in their confidence and friendships

If you are interested in our group, please contact me to arrange a visit, we would love to see you.”

Mobile: 07906 758033

Email: [email protected]


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Company Name: Suffolk Befriending Scheme
Company No: 3599476 Charity No: 1074800
Address: 1 The Croft, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 1HN

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