Sam Lloyd

Sam joined Starting Point as Project Manager at the end of July 2016. He has worked with youth and young people either professionally or voluntarily for 9 years and counting. Within his role as Project Manager, Sam directs the different strands the project offers and invests in building local partnerships. He is passionate about seeing young people find purpose, value and self-confidence through relational support. Outside of work Sam enjoys song-writing and all things football.

  • Tel: 0118 956 7000
  • 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 956 7000
  • Mob: 07512 146428

Sophie O’Rourke

Sophie joined the Starting Point team in January 2020.  Over the last few years she has worked with young people from a variety of backgrounds. She wants to see young people get the support they need to succeed and make a difference in the world, no matter what they’ve experienced in their lives.  As the Programme Manager for Aspire Mentoring, she oversees the mentoring of NEET young people. Outside of work, she loves photography, coffee and is a massive movie buff!

  • Tel: 0118 956 7000
  • Mob: 07500 784983

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-prevention 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 956 7000
  • Mob: 07544 177816

Darlyn Anaminyi

Darlyn joined Starting Point in June 2020 as a Mentoring Coordinator for Aspire Mentoring. She mentors a case load of young people and heads up the application process for new volunteers. She thrives in young people engagement and has a desire to enrich life-skill development in N.E.E.T Youth. In her spare time, Darlyn is a Food Blogger & a solid thrill-seeker! You can always count on her to say “Yes” to 99.9% of adrenaline inducing adventures.

  • Tel: 0118 956 7000
  • Mob: 07825 331262

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca joined the Starting Point team in September 2014. Since 2003 she has worked with various community projects in the charity sector, including counselling, support for vulnerable women, and an education centre for excluded teenagers. She coordinates various practical and administrative areas of the project, as well as mentoring some of our young people.

  • Tel: 0118 956 7000
  • Mob: 07724 630216

Zellah Barrett

Zellah is on secondment with Starting Point as Community & Business Liaison. A ‘people person’ with a history in Hospitality and Recruitment, she hopes to make every second count towards supporting a great team deliver a worthy service to young people. She 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!
  • Mob: 07512 145130

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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