About Us

About Us

Our Community Welfare and Inclusion department deliver a diverse and comprehensive range of programmes specially designed to promote social integration, health and wellbeing, opportunities for young people and adults alike, as well as encouraging Community Cohesion throughout Burnley, Pendle and the wider East Lancashire area.

Mike is a qualified Probation Officer and Youth Offending Team Officer with an extensive working background in Criminal Justice, Social Inclusion, Community Cohesion and Multi-agency Partnership working. Mike has valuable experience in working with hard to reach and disadvantaged young people and adults in statutory environments. 

As Head of Community Welfare and Inclusion, Mike is proud to oversee our programmes which benefit and provide opportunities to such a wide range of individuals in our local community. 

Qualified to degree level in Applied Sports Science and holding a range of qualifications in health and education including British Sign Language, Abby has managed an extensive portfolio of health programmes, successfully reducing health inequalities in the town and supporting the community to live healthier and more active lives.

Abby is passionate about creating needs led, community focused initiatives that help to improve the health and wellbeing of the community of Burnley and beyond.

Holding a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and currently working towards a Masters in Health Promotion, Charlotte is passionate about using the power of Burnley FC to engage those who may not typically access health initiatives. 

Charlotte delivers on our health and wellbeing programmes, including Healthy Lifestyles Programmes, Extra Time, and Workplace Wellbeing initiatives, supporting hundreds of individuals every year to make a positive change to their health and wellbeing.

Hayley has a degree in Counselling and Psychology, a post graduate certificate in primary care mental health and over 4 years of working background in both adult and adolescent mental health. Hayley’s experience of work covers 1-2-1 and group work using a CBT and person-centred approach, and her passion is to support people in working towards self-love, self-acceptance and a positive experience of life.

As school’s mental wellbeing manager, Hayley aims to support a team of dedicated staff and is passionate about empowering staff to fulfil their roles to the best of their abilities, ensuring that the young people engaging with the project receive the highest level of care and intervention.’

Lewis is a qualified FA Level 2 Football Coach, currently completing his FA Level 2 Goalkeeper Coach badge and he has a huge passion for football and supporting young people who share the same love for the sport as him.

With the aim of helping youngsters reach their potential, Lewis is always looking for new and unique ways to engage young people.

Lewis feels privileged to work for BFCitC, which is in the heart of the local community and has the ability to bring people from all different walks of life together. 

Daniella has a degree in Sport Science and has been lucky enough to work with clientele from both Clinical and Professional Sport backgrounds. Daniella has a great understanding of the importance of community having worked in the sector from a young age.

Daniella believes it is vital to create a warm welcoming environment, share experiences and introduce kinship so that bonds and friendships can be made instantly.

In her spare time, Daniella loves to watch and play Rugby League and to encourage other people to participate.

Caitlin is a qualified to Masters level in Physical Education and School Sport, with a variety of coaching qualifications and experience of coaching children and adults from grassroots level to academy level. She has also coached football to young people in America and Canada.

Caitlin works on the Disability Sport Project delivering physical activity sessions for school children with disabilities and delivers evening sessions for recreational activities and competitive sports. Caitlin flourishes on creating an engaging environment for participants to learn and develop their skills.

Lee is a professionally qualified Youth and Community practitioner, with many years of experience delivering Universal and Targeted Youth work approaches. Lee has worked across sectors and was previously Community Cohesion Manager at Manchester United Foundation.

As the Youth services Manager at BFCitC, Lee is an advocate for Youth and Community development contributing to young peoples’ learning and development, enabling young people to develop holistically, whilst facilitating their personal, social and educational development enabling them to have a voice and place in society.

Harry is a qualified FA Level 2 Football Coach and has also achieved a wide variety of qualifications. He has a vast knowledge of experience when it comes to working with children and adults with disabilities. He has a huge passion for sport and loves to utilise this to help provide opportunities for all.

Harry is honoured to work for BFCitC and being able to provide positive impacts on the lives of people in the local community.

Victoria has a degree in Criminology and has worked within the Prison Service. Victoria has worked with a whole variety of offenders from all walks of life and imprisoned for a wide range of offences. Within the Prison Service role, Victoria was a keyworker for young offenders who had been in the care system and supported them whilst they were in custody.

Victoria would like to prevent young people from ending up within the Criminal Justice System and encourage them to consider different paths in life.

Olivia has a depth of knowledge and experience within the Criminal Justice System, working as a Drug & Alcohol Recovery Worker in the largest and highest security prison in the North West, working with clients of all ages and with varied complexity.

Olivia also has a great understanding within the community, supporting young people throughout some of the toughest times of their lives, delivering awareness around the dangers of criminality and creating a powerful and positive outcome is extremely rewarding. Ultimately reducing the re-offending rate within Lancashire.

Olivia is passionate around her personal health, fitness & wellbeing and likes to incorporate this into her interventions with clients.