Sam Lloyd

Sam joined Starting Point at the end of July 2016. He has worked with youth and young people either professionally or voluntarily for 11 years and counting. Within his role as Project Director, Sam directs the different strands the project offers and invests in building local and national partnerships. He is passionate about seeing young people find purpose, value and self-confidence through relational support. Outside of work Sam enjoys being a dad of 3, song-writing and all things football.

  • Tel: 0118 995 2160
  • Mob: 07864 040466

Richard Smith

Richard joined Starting Point in January 2021 as Centre Manager, Reading. Having volunteered for 18 months prior to joining as a Mentor on the Aspire Programme, he came with a good understanding of the work going on here. Richard has previously run his own business and been heavily involved with different technologies. He still likes to build websites in his spare time, however with a wife and 2 young children he doesn’t have much time to spare.

  • Tel: 0118 995 2160
  • Mob: 07512 146428

Romy Biscoe

Romy joined Starting Point in June 2020 as the Programme Manager for Advance Mentoring. Her enthusiasm for wanting to help young people realise their potential and early-intervention started five years ago shadowing barristers in Crown Courts, and since then she has worked with young people from different backgrounds. Outside of work Romy enjoys ballet, has been a season-ticket holder at Wycombe Wanderers with her dad for over ten years, and loves chips.

  • Tel: 0118 995 2160
  • Mob: 07544 177816

Tim Blake

Tim joined Starting Point in March 2021 as the Programme Manager for Aware Mentoring and the Navigator Coordinator for the Royal Berkshire Hospital. He has worked with young people for over 15 years and believes that every young person deserves an equal opportunity in life, regardless of the cards they have been dealt. Outside of work, Tim loves baking, good coffee, photography, music and any type of sport.
  • Tel: 0118 995 2160
  • Mob: 07724 630216

Georgia-Mai McIntosh

Georgia-Mai joined Starting Point in September 2021 as a Support Mentor for Aspire Mentoring. She has volunteered working with young people over the past few years in holistic and educational settings. With a passion for working with young people from a diverse range of backgrounds, she believes in providing support to aid the ability for everyone to succeed. Outside of work Georgia-Mai enjoys art, reading and going to the cinema.
  • Tel: 01189 952160
  • Mob: 07825 331262

Joy Essien

Joy joined Starting Point as a Support Mentor in January 2022. With a background in social care and special education, Joy has worked with young people in education and social settings and is interested in supporting young people to build confidence and achieve their dreams. Everyone is special and talented, and Joy believes that difference is a strength that can be developed. When she is not working Joy enjoys art, reading, walking and meeting new people.
  • Tel: 01189 952 160
  • Mob: 07500 784983

Zellah Barrett

As Community and Business Engagement Lead, Zellah secures funding and engagement opportunities which enable Starting Point to continue to deliver a vital service to young people with the support of healthy partnerships and local business relationships. A ‘people’ person with a history in Hospitality and Resourcing, her aim is to make every second count towards supporting a passionate team. Zellah believes you should never underestimate the power of song, a long walk, and laughter… and that it is NEVER too late to set a new goal or dream a new dream!
  • Tel: 0118 995 2160
  • Mob: 07512 145130

Simon Ray

Simon joined Starting Point in April 2021. A graphic designer with many years experience, Simon also coordinates our Action Media programme – providing young people with creative work experience and media skills. He brings energy and enthusiasm, and a desire to see young people grow in confidence and technique. He is mad about fonts. He also loves graffiti/street-art and the colour yellow.
  • Tel: 0118 995 2160
  • Mob: 07519 380488

Jamie-Lea Wilson

Jamie joined Starting Point in July 2021 as an Admin Assistant. She is a people person and enjoys the company of others. She enjoys seeing young people transform into a better version of themselves and indulge in the happiness of receiving help and guidance. Jamie believes in listening and learning other people stories, and offering a helping hand. Jamie has been around young people her whole life and wants to help when people are not always able to help themselves. Outside of work Jamie enjoys movies, spending time with friends and family, long walks and cooking.
  • Tel: 01189 952160
  • Mob: 07872 849387

Our Volunteers

We have over 40 volunteers who are committed to seeing transformation in the young people we work with. Our volunteers are from a variety of backgrounds, ages and all have different skills. Without them Starting Point couldn’t do what we do. We are always looking to recruit more volunteers so if you have a passion to see young people thrive click below.

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