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.”
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)
Meet the Team
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Communications and Marketing Administrator
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.
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.
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
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.
Schools Choices Facilitator
Head of Fundraising
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:
Choices Course Volunteer