Justin is an experienced and respected manager and therapist with 10 years of experience assisting clients to overcome addiction as well as deal with and manage the reality of HIV and other co occurring disorders guiding them to rethink, rebuild and continue living full and happy lives.
His deep commitment, passion and focused intent to see lives restored is supported by his knowledge, training and recognised experience, equipping him to provide an essential safe and structured space for clients to regain hope, to live another day. He has owned and run his own registered facilities in South Africa and worked with NPO organisations on women abuse and Recovery.
Faith joined UKAT in November 2020 as an addiction counsellor. Her previous roles included supporting adult survivors of Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking utilising her transferable counselling skills from her Integrative Counselling Degree (BsC Hons).
Faith recently was an advocate for UKAT and appeared on BBC 1 The One Show in a piece on gaming addiction. Faith was promoted in July 2021 to Senior Counsellor. Faith works from an integrative approach and utilises various therapeutic approaches to work with her clients.
Suzanne has practised as an Addiction Clinician since 2015. She has also worked in refugee camps, operated a mobile needle exchange for sex workers in red light districts and saunas, and with survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.
For three years, Suzanne was based in New Zealand, delivering therapeutic recovery programs to Maori and Pasifika people in prison, rehab and the community.
As a person in recovery, she is passionate about supporting people to re-discover their ‘authentic self,’ whilst challenging internal belief-systems and behaviours. Suzanne works with ‘connection’ and ‘trauma’ in the body, mind and spirit and treats PTSD and addiction at a cellular level as a NADA ear acupuncturist.
Suzanne has worked at Oasis Runcorn since 2020 and believes in a ‘kindness first’ approach to working with marginalised and vulnerable groups of people.
Senior Support Worker
Rebecca is the Senior Support Worker at Oasis Runcorn, and has been at the centre since March 2021. Rebecca is responsible for leading the team of support workers to deliver best practice for our clients, by overseeing client admissions, and the distribution of medication and prescribed detox regimes.
Rebecca is person-centred with her staff and clients, and keeps their emotional and physical wellbeing central to her practice. With her own personal experiences of mental health and recovery, Rebecca understands that addiction is a multi-faceted problem, and is knowledgeable about the process of recovery, and brings this wisdom to her role.
Gordon has been working in the field of addiction treatment and recovery for the past six years and personally understands the nature of addiction. Gordon has a wealth of experience having been working at Runcorn as a Support Worker since it began in 2014.
Gordon enjoys helping other people to achieve total abstinent recovery and supporting them with their everyday needs. Gordon is an experienced member of the Support team and has an NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social care, which enables him to combine his personal experience and education to assist our clients in the recovery process.
Andy is in recovery himself with over 5 years of sobriety behind him, he is passionate about helping others on their journey and watching them grow and change.
The reason he joined Oasis was so that he could hopefully inspire others to find a new way to live as he found. Andy gives his all for the clients and is a firm believer in recovery and that anyone can recover.
Trevor is a Recovery Coordinator at Oasis Runcorn. At the centre, he is responsible for facilitating workshops, being a first point of contact for new admissions, and monitors client’s medications and detox regimes.
Trevor has lived experience in active addiction and has been through the journey of recovery from rehabilitation centres to living a life free from addiction in the community since 2016. Trevor has a working knowledge and understanding of what it takes to achieve abstinence.
Glen has worked at Oasis Runcorn since April 2021 and started off as a Support Worker. Glen has helped many of our Client’s through their Recovery process, he is passionate about his role so much that he studied the Strengths Model and 12 Steps Model, so that he could understand more of what our Client’s Recovery entailed.
Glen has now stepped into the role of Recovery Coordinator, and continues to care for and empower our Client’s everyday.
Siana started at Oasis Runcorn at the beginning of March 2019 as a Housekeeper. By July 2019, she stepped into the world of being a Support Worker. Being in the centre and around the clients everyday, she wanted to do more for them and be there for them as much as she could.
‘Being there for our clients and helping them through their recovery was my priority.’
Since November 2020, she’s taken a new responsibility at the centre – being in charge of centre-wide administration. One thing she does recognise as a big change is not spending as much time as she used to with our clients. However, her incredible work in the background, helping clients so they can focus on their recovery, is an immeasurable aid for their recovery.
‘We are saving lives every day.’
Jo has over 15 years worth of cleaning, & infection control knowledge and experience, and has worked in a variety of environments. Care homes, hotels, hospitals and even dental surgeries to name but a few. He has also worked alongside (and supported) residential and dementia patients, patients with ABI & autism, and on a personal level, multiple sclerosis as well.
He says he enjoys working here at Oasis Runcorn not only because it allows him to utilise his knowledge and expertise from previous jobs, but also (more importantly) because it enables him to learn from the clients and see things from their perspective which he then applies to his methods. Maximising the care and support, this way he is able to offer services to their potential.