Meet The team

Founder/Managing Director

Debra Kurs

B.A.Hons, Dip Y&C

Manages the team, fundraising applications, reporting, collating data for projects. Loves to meet service users and encourages their feedback. 

 

Debra Kurs  qualified as a Professional Youth and Community Worker after finishing her arts degree way back in 1984. In 1988 she took on her first full-time Youth Centre Manager role in Rydal Bankhall Youth Centre Kirkdale, 16 years later she moved to work with Liverpool City council.  A secondment to  Liverpool YOS (2006-2009) combined with a place at the School for Social Entrepreneurs inspired her to set up this weekend mentoring initiative for young people in crisis. Recognising that many girls and young women were disengaged from supporting services, she quickly developed a one to one mentoring approach which appeared to help young individuals move toward positive communication and positive citizenship.

Debra is BSL Sign Language Level 2  trained.

 

Advisory board Member

 

Elaine Harris

Previously managed and delivered a range of youth projects in Liverpool and North Somerset.Professionally qualified Youth and Community Worker with 28 years experience of managing and delivering youth work.

Passionate and committed to delivering and developing high quality Youth Work that inspires, challenges and motivates young people to reach their full potential. She is an experienced fundraiser and project designer.

 Director

Helen O'Gorman

A partial product of brilliant youth work practice, Helen joined Turn it Around as a Director in October 2015. She is a former journalist, blogger and youth worker; French, Spanish and Russian speaker. Born and raised in Liverpool lived in London, Brighton and Asia working as a freelance writer and English teacher before returning to Liverpool to work with Turn it Around. Yoga practitioner, mentor and trainee secondary school teacher.

Director/Secretary

Frances Mason

Frances worked for twenty years as a librarian in Liverpool Public Libraries before retiring in 2002. She has been a Director and Company Secretary of Turn it Around since 2009. She is also an active member of Regenda Housing Services Committee.

Voluntary Worker

Mrs O'Brien

Mrs O.Brien, known locally as DOB  worked with Debra for many  many, years at Rydal Bankhall Youth Centre Dob is a  M & C Tenants Association Committee member, parent, grandparent and Turn it Around Volunteer . Dob helps the team  connect with the local community.

Gemma Wylie

Gemma joined the team in 2011 as a Peer Mentor working with young people on the streets of Bootle.

Then she moved on to co-ordinating youth work sessions at The Turn it Around Shop at 66 Stanley Rd . This year she has joined the team as a Co-Director of Turn it Around bringing specialist design skills, time and support to the role.

 

Holistic Therapist/

Youth Worker

Eve Lynch

Holistic Therapist/Youth Worker spent many years as a youth worker and is passionate about helping children and young people develop the skills and techniques to enhance their wellbeing resilience and confidence through creative learning incorporating relaxation techniques, yoga, meditation and complementary therapies.

website designer

Gabe Morgan

Digital inclusion peer Mentor

 whilst studying media and partaking in freelance work. 

Worked on the Development of  this website  and new logo

through the 1st quarter of 2016