Vicky Maloney – Chief Executive Officer
My name is Vicky Maloney and I am the Chief Executive Officer for Early Break.
I have worked for Early Break since 2001. My first five years at Early Break was in a co-located role within Bury Youth Offending Service, working in an advocacy role directly with young people. Along with key health partners in this setting I initiated the award winning “Ur Health and U” programme for young people. I hold a twenty years plus career working with adolescents and have a Diploma in Counselling and JNC recognised Diploma in Youth and Community work as well as Substance Misuse Level 3 Practitioner Diploma.
Since 2005, I have held a management role in Early Break, undertaking the necessary personal and professional development to meet and drive forward the role requirements and our service ambition and vision.
In 2012, I was privileged to be appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Early Break following in the footsteps of our cofounder Barbara Jack (please see the ‘Our Story’ section on how the service was formed). Overall, I hold responsibility for budgets, contracts, business planning, governance and ultimately our service reputation. It is a challenging, high energy and exciting role to which I am deeply committed.
Our service values are important to me both personally and professionally. I am, many years on, still completely dedicated to my role, my colleagues, partner agencies and most importantly our clients. The ethos of service that is rooted in client centred philosophy is very important to all our activity, from major strategic decisions on business direction, to quite simply how we relate to the person who telephones us when they find themselves in need.
I am invested in being the type of Chief Executive who can relate to all our stakeholders including clients and statutory partners. One of the thrilling things about working in a Third Sector organisation is that regardless of the fact that I am the CEO, the diversity of our day to day work does not exclude me, on occasion, from being the person that could be on the other end of the phone to a worried parent. The ability and commitment for all Early Break staff to relate well and engage others is the heart of our service in my view. I firmly believe our investment in the workforce is critical to client experience.
I am very passionate about the Hidden Harm agenda having been the originator of the award winning “Holding Families” work offered in service. This in no way compromises my own and the services wider commitment to children, whatever their need.
I am an ambassador for Safe Network the collaboration between Children England and the NSPCC. This organisation is dedicated to driving up Safeguarding standards within the Third Sector and provides both training and support to large charities as well as small community groups. More of which you can find out about at www.safenetwork.org.uk
Janine Day – Area Manager for Bury & Rochdale
I have worked in the substance misuse field since 1993. During this time I have worked in drugs research, and in a consultancy role for developing drug services in Slovenia. My experience also includes working in adult prisons and developing new services for substance users in Young Offender Institutes in North West prisons. My work in the community has been in light of many changes occurring nationally and locally and has specifically focussed on establishing, developing and managing new and existing specialist drug and alcohol treatment services for children, young people and families across Greater Manchester in both the voluntary and statutory sectors and has led to an MSC in Management.
Since joining Early Break in 2013, I have worked within the senior management team to manage contracts in Bury, Rochdale and Salford. I represent the organisation strategically and within LSCB’s. As part of the senior management team I have secured existing service contracts. More recently new projects have focussed on developing resettlement support to children and families affected by parental substance misuse and imprisonment. I continue to develop substance misuse services in relation to the childrens’ agenda to ensure children, young people and families get the appropriate provision to meet their needs.
Shakila Hamid – Operational Manager for Rochdale
I am the Operational Manager for Rochdale and have over 10 years’ experience of working in the substance misuse field. My journey started with Early Break in 2005 where I joined the outreach team to deliver education and awareness around the risks associated with drugs and alcohol to vulnerable young people with varying complexities in Bury and Rochdale.
My initial interest in the drugs and alcohol field came from studying my Counselling and Social Policy Degree at University. My initial work with Early Break was a secondment from another Charity in 2004 to engage with and deliver drug and alcohol interventions to young people and families from black and minority ethnic groups in Bury.
I currently have the pleasure of managing a diverse range of and highly skilled workers that work directly with young people and families to address their substance related needs. My role also includes oversight of managing interventions that are delivered by Early Break including the Alternative Therapies, Outreach work, and developing new models of work including Smoking Cessation for young people and families. I work very closely with organisations that work with young people and families in Rochdale including the Youth Offending Team, CAMHS and the Sunrise Team to continually develop access to substance misuse interventions for vulnerable young people.
Holly Edwards-Meaguer – Team Leader for Bury
I have worked in the substance misuse field since 2002 when I graduated from university and started my career within the criminal justice field working with young people and adults. This work was within Youth Offending Teams, Probation Service and Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services. I developed a keen interest in working with young people. I feel that I have an affinity with young people which has enabled me to build trusting relationships assisting change and reduction of risks around substance use.
I started my journey with Early Break in 2007 as an Advocacy Worker in Rochdale linking in with the Child Adolescent Mental Health Team (CAMHS). I held a caseload of young people with complex vulnerabilities and worked with them to reduce risks associated with drugs and alcohol use. This was both challenging and rewarding work, but also a privilege in being part of a young person’s journey of change.
Since I started my work with Early Break I have developed professionally and personally and feel that the person-centred ethos that the service is built upon has been a key factor in this. At Early Break we are supported and encouraged to work in raising self-awareness through reflective practice, this is threaded through all aspects of the service. For me this has greatly assisted development and kept my passion alive in striving for positive outcomes for vulnerable young people and families.
In 2016 I was excited and motivated to step up as Team Leader for Early Break’s Bury team. I am enjoying this new role and the challenges and new experience that it is bringing me. I am currently managing a diverse range of skilled workers that work directly with young people and families to address their substance related needs. Myself and the Bury team are working closely with organisations that work with young people and families in Bury, ensuring that they have the opportunity to access the support if needed/ identified. This includes the Youth Offending Team, Healthy Young Minds, Children’s Social Care teams and the Phoenix (CSE) team to continually develop access to substance misuse interventions for vulnerable young people.