Our People

Elaine Harris
Project Manager for The CYP

Elaine is a JNC Nationally qualified Youth Worker with 27 years’ experience of leading and managing Local Authority and voluntary sector youth work. Elaine completed her JNC Youth Work postgraduate diploma at Manchester Polytechnic in 1989 and took up her first full time position as Youth and Community Worker in the North end of Liverpool. Since then Elaine has held various positions including Senior Youth Worker with North Somerset Youth Service. During the following years Elaine was promoted, eventually to Assistant Locality Leader until the budget cuts in 2012 when Elaine project managed the Weston Super Mare based Big lottery funded Youth Project, ”Grow Your Own Youth Project”. In her spare time Elaine enjoys mountain walking and singing/song writing

Lou Chant
Youth Development Officer – Martock and Hamdons

Lou has been working with young people and communities for more years than she would possibly like to remember! Before joining the CYP, Lou trained and worked as a youth worker for Somerset County Council and gained a huge amount of experience working across a wide range of communities in South Somerset. Lou is excited to be involved with the new CYP project and to be working with young people and their communities.

Heather Burton
Youth Development Officer – Tintinhull and Ilminster
Heather Burton comes to us with a wealth of experience from working with children and young people and special educational needs and disabilities. Her passion for the development of young people and their engagement in their communities has been evidenced through the work that she has undertaken with the Princes Trust, Mencap Raising Your Game and the Duke Of Edinburgh role. Heather lives locally and has good links with youth service provision, education, health and social care following a role as coordinator for Somerset County Council.

Claire Cruwys
Youth Development Officer – Martock

Claire is the Youth Development Officer for Martock Parish Council and works closely with the Community Youth Project. She has worked with young people and their families in a range of settings and has been working in Martock for over 5 years.

Kayleigh Smith
Youth Development Officer – Charltons and Hinton St George
Youth and Community Support Worker – Martock 
Originally from the area, Kayleigh moved to Manchester where she gained her Youth and Community Degree and took up post as a Youth Worker in East Manchester for 6 years. Now Kayleigh has moved back to the area she is looking forward to working with the local communities where she grew up.

Lauren Finn
Youth and Community Development Officer –  Somerton

Lauren has experience in working with Young people in the local area as a Youth Worker for the Somerset County Council. She has lived in the area for the last 27 years and is keen to guide and support young people in Martock and Somerton

Shelley Merchant
Youth and Community Support Worker – Martock

Jean Harper
Youth and Community Support Worker – Charltons
Youth and Community Support Worker – Ilminster

Alice Edmonds
Project Administrator
Alice has a wealth of experience in office administration and organisation. She has a degree in Event Management and has used her skills in organisation on many large events and in a variety of different spheres. She is delighted to support the team behind the scenes at the CYP.