The Source staff team below work with a group of fantastic volunteers who make our work possible, and are overseen by our governing body of charity trustees.
Matt is a JNC and Degree qualified Youth Worker, has a level 3 ABC counselling qualification, and over 10 years experience of project management in young people’s services. His experience includes working with churches, charities, schools and youth services, all of which have shaped his whole-community approach to supporting young people.
He loves getting alongside young people, helping them to grow and develop into all they can be; empowering them to stretch themselves, and encouraging them to find a sense of purpose and meaning. Following a study he conducted into the needs of local young people in early 2016, Matt went on to lead the work of Wilmslow Youth and Source Youthwork.
DEPUTY CEO & RESOURCES LEAD
Founder of ‘Jam Magazine’ in 2001, Gemma Tuson co-created the popular teenage magazine that was both credible and relevant for young people in the UK. She went on to facilitate fashion, art and craft workshops in schools, youth clubs and council-funded youth initiatives, gaining vast experience working alongside young people from many different backgrounds.
She is passionate about using creativity as a tool, to help people increase their sense of value and purpose. Gemma has developed the “Be Loved” course and creative journal for young women, which is now being used in youthwork settings all around the UK. She works alongside Matt leading Wilmslow Youth and Source Youthwork.
ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION LEAD
Jo started her Wilmslow Youth career as one of our volunteers, enjoying welcoming young people and their parents to 'The Undercroft' on a Friday night, as well as getting to know the young people and taking on some of the organisation behind the scenes. She was keen to get involved with this new project in her local area, having given her time as a youth and children's working in Poynton, Bollington and beyond since her 20s. Her love of young people and their potential to do fabulous things endures.
Jo has worked in education for eleven years, supporting the studies of many high school students, with and without special educational needs. She is a mum to two daughters in their twenties, grabbing every moment she can with them.