Staff, supporters, volunteers, partners, and The Friends of Mary Seacole all help to play a huge part in helping Mary Seacole Housing Association support the homeless and those facing difficult personal circumstances.
Mary Seacole employs more than 50 members of staff. We are a passionate team comprised of management, front line staff who are based in our supported accommodation, key workers, trainers, counsellors and resettlement advisers; people who work tirelessly to help our clients reach their full potential and live fulfilled, independent lives.
Mary Seacole’s Hostel Co-ordinators and Project Workers are passionate and dedicated people, providing 24-hour support to our clients. The training, key working and life skills they offer seek to provide the clients with skills that will enable them to overcome the situations they are faced with and move on with their lives, into a state of independence.
Our Management Committee consists of a group of individuals with experience and expertise in a wide range of areas from strategic involvement in housing and children’s services to senior management in probation and social work. The committee have worked with the Association for many years, helping us build a reputation for being one of the foremost in this field.
Many members of the committee have previously held high profile community-based positions such as the office of Mayor or local councillor roles. This means that they have a unique and deeper understanding of the needs of the local communities, including the most vulnerable individuals who require third sector services.
The management team is a passionate group of working professionals with a combined total of 20 years working with Mary Seacole Housing Association. Collectively, the team has experience in the fields of business development, facilities management as well as working within local authority housing solutions services and managing support teams.
The team’s combined expertise in events and marketing as well as within support services also ensures that the Association continues to develop, grow and improve in its service delivery.
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At Mary Seacole we always strive to ensure that all of our staff have the necessary skills and capabilities to deliver the aims and objectives of the Association which is why we have a significant training and development programme in place for all of our team.
Our staff undergo continuous training enabling them to develop and update their skills and knowledge in order to ultimately provide the best service for our clients. Training is delivered both internally and externally, using external providers to cover specific training requirements as well as to diversify and provide fresh knowledge, learning methods and techniques.
Here are just a few of those dedicated individuals helping us to give our clients a future.
Matthew Bushnell – Chief Executive Officer
Matthew has worked for Mary Seacole Housing Association for the past 8 years. During this time he has served in various roles, including a secondment working within the Local Authorities Housing Solutions team where he managed their support services. He was Operations Manager at Mary Seacole and more recently became Deputy Chief Executive. Matthew is passionate about his role as he sees the difference the service makes to individuals lives. Matthew is dedicated to “ensuring individuals have access to services that can inspire and help them to achieve”.
Neville Solomon – Business Development & Facilities Manager
Neville joined Mary Seacole Housing Association in 2013. He has worked in support for the past nine years and has senior management experience across various industries, including roles in Events, Marketing and Media.
As Business Development and Facilities Manager, he manages Mary Seacole Housing Association’s hard & soft services whilst working alongside his colleagues to implement development strategies both internally and externally.
Elaine Cruise – Marketing & Events Manager
Elaine joined Mary Seacole as a Training Assistant in October 2004, engaging clients and staff in a variety of training programmes and projects to build upon their strengths and skills. Her background is in event management and hospitality giving her a great foundation for her current role as Marketing & Events Manager.
Elaine is responsible for the organising of all of our marketing and fundraising activities, working tirelessly to generate new ideas for sponsorship in order to raise money for the Association. Elaine is passionate about her role and is proud to be part of a team that helps Mary Seacole Housing Association make a difference to so many people’s lives in Luton.
Our Stories Time for Change
“When I became homeless, I did not know where to turn”
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Emma become homeless due to a family breakdown. She eventually got in touch with the 16+ team at Social Services who referred her to Mary Seacole Housing Association. Emma now lives a fully independent life. She has a flat in Brighton and works as a full-time carer>
“Moving out into my own flat was a bittersweet moment, I felt ecstatic that I had achieved my goal but I was really sad to leave Mary Seacole Housing Association.”
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From the ages of 13 to 16 years old, Sara spent her life in and out of care with foster placements. She was scared, lonely and wanted to be with her family, although relations had broken down. At the age of 16, Sarah’s social worker referred her to Mary Seacole.
“Alcohol played a big part in my life… I was always out, mixing with the wrong kind of people and getting into trouble”
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Mixing with the wrong crowd was one of the main causes of Shane’s homelessness. Although he was initially reluctant to receive support, he eventually felt settled with Mary Seacole. Shane now has a flat, is climbing the ladder at work and continues to build his skills through training.