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Our Team

Our Staff

Deborah Kerpner, Manager

I trained as a counsellor at the Metanoia Institute, counselled for a while at a GP surgery and then took a placement at Off The Record in 1996. I enjoyed the challenge of counselling young people, where there is a need to be real and down-to-earth. I was a volunteer counsellor here for seven years, including a counselling post at Grey Court School. I was also practising as a sculptor, working mainly in clay and I enjoyed these different pursuits.

In 2004 I became the manager of Off The Record, taking on many different roles as is typical within small charities, from fundraising to strategic planning to admin. I also continue to value my role as manager, supporting 23 volunteer staff and a small paid team to work at their optimum; this is as vital for a successful service as is meeting all our practical requirements.

Katherine Stevenson (Assistant Manager – part-time)

I qualified in 2006, working as a counsellor in both a medical practice and at Off The Record. I enjoyed working with such a variety of age groups but particularly enjoyed my work with young people. This became my focus when after a break I returned to Off The Record in 2013. I feel really lucky to enjoy my work here as a counsellor and more recently in the Assistant Manager role. Off the Record provides an invaluable service, being a part of that is rewarding on so many levels.

Catherine McCallum (Administrative Assistant – part-time)

Following a long career working locally within the youth, and voluntary and community sectors, I joined Off The Record in September 2015 in a new role designed to help with front-line enquiries, finance, communications, and office management, with an ability to take on everything else that comes my way.  I also clerk meetings and support the work of the Board of Trustees. It’s a busy, varied, and hugely enjoyable role.

Sophia Moscrop (Accounts Assistant – part-time)

I joined Off The Record in August 2018 to help the office team with their financial reporting and management.  I work closely with the Chair and the Hon. Treasurer in reporting to the Board.  The experience I am gaining at Off The Record is a great help towards completing my book-keeping and accountancy studies.

Our Counsellors

Off The Record has 26 years of experience in providing youth counselling and support to 11-24 year oldsWe place a high emphasis on our counsellors’ personal suitability to work with young people – and include young people on our recruitment panels to ensure this.  

Our staff are

• trained and have the experience and personal qualities for counselling young people
• have training on young people’s developmental stages and specific issues; and on safeguarding and ethical practice
• are aware of protocols for escalation for safeguarding or mental health risk
• attend monthly clinical supervision as required by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

 

The counsellor team have the skills and capacity to work very flexibly, offering individual and family support, skills development along with psychotherapeutic and imaginative approaches, including play and art

Our Trustees

Trustees serve on the governing body and are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of OTR. Our trustees come from all walks of life, and are united by their wish to create positive change to the lives of young people.

You can meet our current team of trustees below: