Our Story

Safe New Futures was started 25 years ago to address unemployment issues in and around the most deprived areas of Southampton.

When it soon became clear that low self-esteem/confidence lay at the root cause of many people’s inability to move forward in life, a self-development training programme was written and produced with the help of experts at the University of Southampton. Since then our programmes of support have gone onto help thousands from Southampton and the surrounding areas transform their lives and achieve great things.

We are a small yet professional team, supported by a passionate group of volunteers - many of whom are ex-candidates keen to pass on the benefits of our incredible programmes of support. We focus on using our limited resources to the best of our ability – reaching out to those most vulnerable and in need of our services.


“SAFE is an effective and trustworthy organisation which has provided employment support services to the hardest to reach communities for years. Their approach in the Choices course has been academically and externally validated and they have run the service for Southampton and other local areas. I would strongly support this charity with its motivational and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based) approach. SAFE’s Choices programmes give something different and provides immense support to people furthest from the labour market.”

Kathryn Rankin, Commissioner and City Deal Programme Manager with Southampton City Council


“The strengths quiz helped, realising how many skills that I had. It helped me to consider my changes. The session on long-term goals and short-term goals helped me to be more secure with what I want to do in the future. I want to get a part-time job and start an English course - and afterwards find a full-time job in retail.”

“The barriers I had were to do with interviews and thinking - what if I don’t have what they want. Now all those barriers have pretty much gone away.”

We see every person as a valuable human being with incredible worth and an ability to contribute to the community in which they live. We work by the values set out below.

Relational – We aim to be genuine, open and honest, really listening and seeking to understand

Value and worth – We strive to empower and believe in people, spot their strengths and see what they can do

Best interests – We work to put others before ourselves, and give genuine care

Justice – We want to bring fairness, and show our concern for the disadvantaged

Generosity – We aim to go the extra mile, serve others unconditionally, give people a second chance, and co-operate with partner organisations

Truth and honesty – We build on integrity and trust and show the evidence for our work

Quality – We strive to be the best we can and give the best to the people we serve.


Meet the Trustees

Anthony Scammell (chair)
Steve Nicholls
Nick Strong
Anita Smith
Philip Nash
Sarah Duggan

Meet the Team

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Nina Kelly

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO with Safe New Futures, Nina is proficient in financial control, and organisational and product development. Her natural leadership style is both marketing-led and people centred.

An engaging and passionate communicator, Nina has worked in both the international and UK charity sector for more than 20 years. 


Jacqui Hollick

Freelance facilitator and volunteer 

Jacqui has been involved, both as a staff member and a volunteer, since the very first SAFE courses started in 1994.

She now runs SAFE courses for unemployed adults at James Street Church in Southampton City Centre.


Anthony Scammell

Chair. Board of Trustees

Anthony is Strategic Service Development Director for Old Mutual Wealth Management. He brings a wealth of experience in managing budget and staffing responsibilities.

Anthony has a passion for community involvement and has been head of corporate social responsibility for OM Wealth and a governor of Solent University.

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Mel Jarvis

Trustee. CBT and Wellbeing  

Mel is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and holds accredited status with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.

She is currently working towards the completion of a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at the University of Southampton.


Steve Nicholls

 Secretary. Board of Trustees

Steve has over 25 years’ experience as a business analyst working within the insurance industry.

He has given nearly 10 years’ service to local Street Pastor initiatives, and clearly sees the positive impacts that we can make by listening, caring and helping.


Nick Strong

Nick Strong

Board of Trustees  

Nick Strong works with successful companies that scale their growth via the business format franchising model. He is an accredited Affiliate of the British Franchise Association. Nick is passionate about personal empowerment in business and the workplace for all.

Michael Johnston

Michael Johnston

Freelance Safe Guarding officer and volunteer facilitator 

Originally joining as a candidate Michael went on to become a facilitator at the recovery college, using his vital experience to share with others how to transform their lives.

Michael is also the SAFE safeguarding officer, ensuring the SAFE team is competent and confident in carrying out their safeguarding duties

Christie Breen

Christie Breen

Freelance Facilitator 

Christie has twenty years’ experience working as a trainer, community project manager and teacher in higher education and the corporate world. She delivers bespoke training in leadership, service and sales, stress management, team building and communications. She is a student psychotherapist and a qualified Mental Health First Aid trainer.


Lenyra Guimaraes

Communications and Marketing Administrator 


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Oanna Warren

Youth Choices Facilitator 

Oana has extensive experience of working with young people from deprived backgrounds. She has worked as a teacher and as an education manager and adviser within various mainstream educational facilities and has most recently held the position of Assistant Principal at South Quay College in the Tower Hamlets. She also has plenty of experience working with young people within voluntary youth groups and has organised and run a number of alternative vocational training courses.

Norman Jones

Norman Jones

Freelance facilitator and volunteer 

Norman has been involved with SAFE as a volunteer for more than 15 years.

He now works as a Facilitator helping unemployed adults move forward with their lives.


Jo Gibson

Jo Gibson

Freelance facilitator and volunteer

Jo, who is a qualified teacher, has been volunteering with SAFE since November 2016. she also pastoral and counselling training.

She has a passion for people, and always enjoys getting to know the candidates and working with them, to help them achieve their life goals




 Head Volunteer 




Account Administrator  

As Bookkeeper and Administrator Lorraine works alongside staff, trustees and accountants to ensure SAFE meets its charitable and legal commitments.

She holds firm to Safe New Futures' values of giving people second chances and providing opportunities, support and mentoring to help them re-engage with working life.


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Tracey Hemmerdinger

Schools Choices Facilitator  



Shirley Smith

Head of Fundraising  


Zac Keu

Zac Keu

Youth volunteer 

Zac is currently studying a Masters Degree at the University of Sussex. He is great at building strong relationships with our younger candidates, always asking good questions with genuine interest so candidates gain new insights about themselves. He loves learning new things and sharing his experiences, motivating the group and encouraging deep discussions.


If you are interested in volunteering please follow the link below:


Hannah Ranger

Choices Course Volunteer 


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