Misty Smith

Volunteer Receptionist

Misty is our amazing receptionist, she has excellent computer skills and if anyone needs anything, she will either know what you are on about or knows how to get the information you require. She also volunteers in a charity shop at the weekend, which means she has plenty of experience in dealing with a variety of people within the community and surrounding areas. This also means she has the patience to deal with pretty much anything that is thrown her way. She always has music on and, outside of volunteering, she reads too much and spends most of her time on her laptop.

Julie Martin

Volunteer ‘Talk English’ Tutor

Julie is a volunteer tutor for the Talk English course. The course is for speakers of other languages to learn and improve their English. Through the course, the learners are able to build important life skills. Julie plans embedded individual and blended learning for groups and individuals and regularly assess the learners work. Lessons are planned prior to learners attending the course.

Julie ensures that ELSH’s policies and procedures on Safeguarding, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are implemented and adhered to at all times, creating a stimulating and safe learning environment. Julie can emphasis, engage and motivate learners in their learning. Julie has a commitment to equal opportunities and uses a variety of strategies and practices to promote the diverse cultural and equality issues in the classroom. Julie communicates to a range of audiences (verbal, written, ICT or other media teaching methods to encourage learners to develop self-esteem and respect for others.

Louise Shannon Cole

Media and Marketing

Louise volunteers with us, helping with all things social media and marketing. She is the one to talk to if you need help posting something on your social media or updating your website. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Leeds and has a 200+ strong Funko POP collection!

Pooja Ramchadani

Student Teacher

Pooja is on a teaching placement from Northern College, focusing on English. She has a Master’s degree in Finance and Commerce. She is currently pursuing a PGCE in Adult and Community Education. Teaching at ELSH helps her to assist adult learners from a varied set of backgrounds and circumstances. In Pooja’s English lessons, she makes it a point to embed the necessary Maths and ICT skills to help them gain the most out of her lessons. This is so that they increase their chances of gaining skills to assist them in their next steps, whatever their next steps may be.

Jen Hart-Smith

ELSH Admin & Bookkeeping

Jen was part of our Admin team, her job was to both help with IT and assist the rest of the volunteers but, over time, it was found out that she was best suited to be an account administrator. Her job is to work alongside Florentine with the bookkeeping and assist ELSH with general admin.

Outside of ELSH, Jen is a care assistant, working the night shift at a care home, which is focused on residents with dementia. This means she is only available to help when it doesn’t clash with either her shifts or day after her shifts.

Thanks to her job, she is a capable and keenly aware person who is sensitive enough to help anyone that she comes into contact with.

Phil Lane

IT support

Phil helps ELSH students with learning how to use English My Way/Learn My Way. If there is anything the students do not understand regarding using the internet or Learn My Way, Phil is on hand to show them what to do!

Izzy Bagnall

Media Placement

Izzy studies Digital Design at Barnsley College and is currently on placement with ELSH. She works alongside our Media and Marketing assistant, Louise, to edit photos and update our social media platforms.

Lucy Platt

Volunteer Coordinator

Lucy is our volunteer coordinator here at ELSH. She is qualified as a tutor and gained a certificate in education status in health and social care and employability. She has worked in health and social care for over 20 years. She is a mum of two and enjoys going away on the weekends camping. She also enjoys 5D diamond painting and working with epoxy resin.