OUR STAFF & TRUSTEES
As a founding member of Alpha House Calderdale, Fran brings almost two decades worth of experience in the criminal justice system to help clients to become productive members of society. She has an in-depth knowledge of the challenges that clients face and the specific needs that can be met to re-introduce them to society.
Fran has a real passion for helping those with complex backgrounds and also spends her retirement volunteering for the organisation.
Brendon is our Service User Rep, though he is an ex-service user now. He graduated from our recovery programme and began volunteering for the HepC Trust where he has worked for the past 18 months. He is a valued Trustee and brings his expertise to add value to our service delivery.
Caron has been a Trustee since 2019; “I believe in the Founder and the ethos of the program”.
Having worked in the ‘welfare business’ for over 20 years she has met many people who, given the right support, turn their lives around and overcome the obstacles that prevent them from living fulfilling and joyful lives.
Because of this, she can see this important principle in Alpha House.
"I am involved with the Alpha house project because as a Christian, I feel that this is what I’m being called to do. I am a teacher and have a settled life. I firmly believe that people leaving prison, having had drug and alcohol problems need supported housing where they can get help and support in staying dry and clean and in rebuilding their lives”.
"I became a Trustee, because I am a Christian and I also have a background in housing. I work closely with a number of agencies as a Housing Officer and this has proved useful for our customers within Alpha House and I can use my existing skills in a new context. I have gained valuable experience in the 18 months that I have been involved with Alpha House. There is no better feeling than being involved in improving the lives of others and I find being a Trustee rewarding and enjoyable. Being a Trustee has presented me with new challenges and I am learning from the other Trustees. Being a Trustee of Alpha House has also benefitted me personally as well as in my career within my Housing Association which in turn brings more skills to Alpha House”.
Yvonne joined Alpha House Calderdale in January 2012. Yvonne works as a consultant for Business Development, Clinical Supervision and Dual Diagnosis Counselling. She brings a range of qualifications and a vast amount of knowledge and experience. As well as having a Leeds University BA Hons degree in Public Media and an MA in Managing Change from Bradford University she is a highly qualified Addiction Treatment professional with an MSc in Addictions Psychology from London South Bank University and two postgraduate Counselling Diplomas. She is also a qualified BACP registered counsellor.
She was the founder and CEO of a large successful Drug and Alcohol Dependency Service in Bradford until 2007 and a regular speaker at high profile Conferences and Seminars sharing panels and platforms with senior politicians and also sat on Ministerial Advisory Groups. She was a frequent guest to both Houses of Parliament and knows more than most the difficulties in addressing and treating addictive disorder and creating policy and procedures and therapeutic interventions for dealing with the consequences.
To many, Fran represents the heart of Alpha House because of the love she shows to everyone she encounters. Alpha House was conceived through Fran’s vision to helping her community. Through 18 years’ experience working in probation services, Fran used her in-depth knowledge for the needs of ex-offenders to create a service which creates a better community and more fulfilling lives.
Despite the fact that she claims to have “retired”, Fran still works tirelessly for Alpha House on a voluntary basis – a true testament to her character. It’s no wonder that Fran is loved by everyone she meets!
Brad’s background centred around drink and crime. After running away from his problems to various parts of the country he finally came back to Halifax to get well, where it had all started 20 years previously. His life experience in addiction is vast and is proof that you can get well from the disease of addiction. He went through the usual chaos and pain, spent time in prison and on the streets and all this has given him the valuable lived experience needed to help others who are trying to work with their own addictions. Things changed for him when someone once told him that the issue was himself, not necessarily his drug of choice. From that moment on things did indeed change and he has been in recovery since 2008. He got himself an education and has various qualifications including a degree in Criminal Psychology. From then he found himself working in the recovery field, something he says was accidental but something he loves. He found himself working with Alpha House in early2021 and says that it’s the most work friendly environment he has ever been in. He primarily facilitates group therapy as well as running an Anxiety Group which is very successful. Brad’s main qualities are his ability to be compassionate and understanding.
Dave is the Team Leader at Alpha House and works closely with our clients. His most valuable skill is in his ability to get alongside service users and help them to move forward. Dave has a real passion for seeing addicts get better and enjoys seeing them move on with their lives after Alpha.
Along with facilitating group sessions and working with clients on an individual one-to-one basis, Dave also works at Project Colt where Alpha House clients attend group twice a week.
Shane originally came to Alpha as a resident in 2017 to sort his life out, and he did exactly that.
A life of alcohol abuse had brought Shane to his knees, but through applying himself 100% to Alpha House’s day treatment programme and attending mutual aid groups, Shane was able to do a full 180⁰ turn in all aspects of his life.
In just over two years, Shane has gone from client to volunteer and now to permitted work in our office. He is already an integral part of the Alpha House team, utilising his skills from past work experience to handle a wide range of admin tasks within our organisation.
Jo came to Alpha house in September 2021 as a volunteer and really enjoyed her new sense of purpose. Very quickly she became enthusiastic about the programme delivered here, and what she could contribute to it. Previously she had worked with addicts and alcoholics within her own community and as a volunteer with other services. Her own recovery and training enabled her to help and support others who want to change their lives. She reports that she loves helping and getting to know the residents, so much so that she decided to stay and become a part of the team so in December she began working here. She helps deliver the recovery programme and especially enjoys the mental health programme and enjoys her work with clients on a one-to-one basis.
Heidi has been a Housing Support Worker with Alpha House since we opened our “Support Unit” at the end of 2017. The Support Unit houses the most vulnerable clients at Alpha House, and Heidi works to ensure all their needs are met and that they receive the support they need at such a crucial stage of recovery. Heidi is a great asset to Alpha House and is always available to help clients in any way she can.