Rachel Gault

Community Development and Engagement Manager

Rachel has 8 years experience of working within mental health services and delivering therapeutic activities to the community.

“I am responsible for expanding and improving community services in the Thorntree area of Middlesbrough. This involves me working closely with the communtiy to understand local needs, and empowering people to add lasting change to their community”.


Ashleigh Hall

Centre and Finance Manager

Ashleigh is experienced in office management, finance and probation support work. She is responsible for managing the building and assisting with community projects.

“I am excited to open our doors to local community groups. Offering rooms at a daily affordable rate, to encourage communities to come together and make a difference.

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Our Volunteers

We recognise the added value that volunteers bring to our organisation and those who use our services. Volunteer involvement in this organisation does not replace or devalue the role of paid staff.


Zoe Widdowfield -

Craft Leader Volunteer

“Hello everyone! My name is Zoe and I’m from Middlesbrough. I'm a multi-disciplinary artist pursuing a career within Art therapy. Through my art work and projects I specialise in designing and making unique experiences that can support people to overcome the limitations of language through creative expression.”

Zoe leads the creative craft group at Community Ventures, every Thursday 1pm - 3pm. This is a free session aimed to reduce isolation and improve mental health through creative activities.


Steph Lever - Community Support Volunteer

“Hello everyone! My name is Steph and I’m a Great Nana who’s lived in Thorntree/Brambles Farm most of my life. I decided I wanted to do something to help people feeling lonely in my community. With the support of Community Ventures I found the confidence to start a weekly tea and cake group. It’s feels great to help people around me”.

Steph runs her tea and cake group at Community Ventures, every Tuesday 1pm - 2:30pm. Everyone is welcome and it’s 50p for a cuppa, cake and a chat.

We are currently looking for the following volunteers to join our team. We respect our volunteers and appreciate their kindness and time. We understand that volunteers make a vital contribution to our aims.

  1. Handy man/woman

    Required skills, qualities and experience - Basic DIY skills to help around the building, friendly and trustworthy.