Our Story


Established 30 years ago, Safe New Futures is a mental health intervention offering bespoke programmes that combine a cognitive behavioural therapy-based approach with vocational training to help individuals identify and overcome any barriers that may be preventing them from obtaining employment or engaging with their education.

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Since then, our New Futures programmes have gone on to help thousands of people take control of their lives and decide a future that is right for them.


Our programmes have even been scientifically tested by a team of expert clinical psychologists at the University of Southampton who found the programme to have significant, long-lasting, and transformational results.

“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

"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.”
Mihaiela
“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.”
Paul

Our Values

  • Relational
  • Value & worth
  • Best interests
  • Justice
  • Generosity
  • Truth & honesty
  • Quality

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

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

We work to put others before ourselves, and give genuine care.

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

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

We build on integrity and trust and show the evidence for our work.

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

The Trustees

Anthony Scammell

Chair

Anthony is UK Operations Director at for Quilter’s Platform business. He oversees the day to day running of all the operational functions and as such brings a wealth of experience in managing budgets, processes and people organisation. Anthony has a passion for Community Involvement and chairs the Community Investment group, as well as being an active member of Quilter’s Responsible Business Forum.

Anthony Scammell

Chair

Anthony is UK Operations Director at for Quilter’s Platform business. He oversees the day to day running of all the operational functions and as such brings a wealth of experience in managing budgets, processes and people organisation. Anthony has a passion for Community Involvement and chairs the Community Investment group, as well as being an active member of Quilter’s Responsible Business Forum.

Steve Nicholls

Company Secretary

Steve has over 30 years as a business analyst working within the Insurance and Roadside Assistance business sectors.

He specialises in liaising between business units, organisational stakeholders and solutions delivery teams to translate concepts into business requirements and deliverable processes for client based and effective system-based solutions.

Steve Nicholls

Company Secretary

Steve has over 30 years as a business analyst working within the Insurance and Roadside Assistance business sectors. He specialises in liaising between business units, organisational stakeholders and solutions delivery teams to translate concepts into business requirements and deliverable processes for client based and effective system-based solutions.

Anita Smith

Finance

A highly motivated qualified Management Accountant, with over 20 years’ experience in finance; reporting at subsidiary and parent Board level, with an emphasis on strategic insight, sound decision making and delivering practical interpretation of finance data for all stakeholders.

Anita has expertise in working amongst a multitude of industries including start-up companies and not-for-profit organisations.

Anita Smith

Finance

A highly motivated qualified Management Accountant, with over 20 years’ experience in finance; reporting at subsidiary and parent Board level, with an emphasis on strategic insight, sound decision making and delivering practical interpretation of finance data for all stakeholders. Anita has expertise in working amongst a multitude of industries including start-up companies and not-for-profit organisations.

Sarah Giles

HR Trustee

Sarah has over 15 years’ experience in HR and has operated in a variety of roles, most recently as Head of HR/Director. She now provides Consultancy and Coaching services focussed on Wellbeing and building individual, team and organisational performance.

Sarah is a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel & Development and a volunteer for the CIPD Wessex Branch, a certified Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, TimeLine Therapy Practitioner and Mental Health First Aider.

Sarah Giles

HR Trustee

Sarah has over 15 years’ experience in HR and has operated in a variety of roles, most recently as Head of HR/Director. She now provides Consultancy and Coaching services focussed on Wellbeing and building individual, team and organisational performance. Sarah is a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel & Development and a volunteer for the CIPD Wessex Branch, a certified Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, TimeLine Therapy Practitioner and Mental Health First Aider.

Ann Henry

Psychology Trustee

Most recently as an Associate Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University, Dr. Ann Henry has worked with students from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles, including those with learning difficulties, physical health problems and also mental health issues.

She has worked as part of a multidisciplinary team in an NHS low secure unit supporting clients with serious mental health problems and as a volunteer addressing mental health in Ghanaian communities.

Her qualifications include PhD (Psychology, University of Southampton, 1997)., MA Social Sciences (OU, 2008); MSc Forensic Psychology (University of Portsmouth, 2009).

Ann Henry

Psychology Trustee

Most recently as an Associate Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University, Dr. Ann Henry has worked with students from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles, including those with learning difficulties, physical health problems and also mental health issues. She has worked as part of a multidisciplinary team in an NHS low secure unit supporting clients with serious mental health problems and as a volunteer addressing mental health in Ghanaian communities. Her qualifications include PhD (Psychology, University of Southampton, 1997)., MA Social Sciences (OU, 2008); MSc Forensic Psychology (University of Portsmouth, 2009).

The Office Team

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.

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.

Ben Dellow

Head of Partnerships

Chantelle Seedat

Office Manager

Roz Holm

Office / Referrals Assistant

Lorraine Holdaway

Bookkeeper

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.

Domantas Rackov

Marketing Assistant

Having only been with us for just under a month, Domantas (also known as Manny) has so far edited promotional videos for us and overhauled our website. He works and learns alongside the rest of the team, providing assistance in relation to marketing and promotion of our charity.

Cally Ramswell

Administrative Assistant

Ben Dellow

Head of Partnerships

Roz Holm

Office/Referrals Assistant

Domantas Rackov

Marketing Assistant

Having only been with us for just under a month, Domantas (also known as Manny) has so far edited promotional videos for us and overhauled our website.

He works and learns alongside the rest of the team, providing assistance in relation to marketing and promotion of our charity.

Chantelle Seedat

Office Manager

Lorraine Holdaway

Bookkeeper

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.

Cally Ramswell

Administrative Assistant

Training Team

Michael Johnston

Adult New Futures 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.

Freya Law

Facilitator

Roxie Morris

Facilitator

Spencer Devine

Facilitator

Gordon Blackhurst

Facilitator

Ffion Davies

Facilitator 

Dan Desmond

Facilitator

Ruth Elman

Facilitator

Debra Bajnath

Facilitator

Hilary Schwager

Facilitator

Nick Thiel

Facilitator

Michael Johnston

Adult New Futures 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.

Ffion Davies

Facilitator

Freya Law

Facilitator

Dan Desmond

Facilitator

Roxie Morris

Facilitator

Ruth Elman

Facilitator

Spencer Devine

Facilitator

Debra Bajnath

Facilitator

Gordon Blackhurst

Facilitator

Hilary Schwager

Facilitator

Nick Thiel

Facilitator

Volunteers

Keith Robson

Administration

Aaliyah Isaak

Facilitator

Keith Robson

Administration

Aaliyah Isaak

Facilitator