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 became clear that low self-esteem and confidence was holding individuals back from moving forward in life, a self-development training programme was written with the help of experts at the University of Southampton.


Since then our programmes of support have gone on to 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.


The Trustees


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.

Steve Nicholls

 Secretary. Board of Trustees

Steve has over 30 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 has worked in the business format franchise sector since the mid 90's. He specialises in solving commercial problems through the development and provision of Software as a Service technology. Nick is an adviser to directorships that grow and scale operations and revenue through the franchise route


Sarah Duggan

Board of Trustees  

In addition to being a trustee at Safe New Futures, Sarah Duggan also works as a people and organisational development consultant. With a strong background in psychology and business development, Sarah brings a great deal of interpersonal skills and great knowledge to help the growth of Safe New Futures.

Anita Smith

Board of Trustees  

Anita comes to Safe New Futures with over 25 years’ experience in finances, among a multitude of industries. Anita has expertise in working with start-up companies as well as previous experience working for not-for-profit organisations.
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Sarah Giles

Board of Trustees  

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 looks forward to sharing her HR knowledge to support the future of the charity.

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. 


Oana Warren

Training Manager

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.
Michael Johnston

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


Gini Dellow

Operations Manager  



 Head Volunteer 

Maz was formerly a candidate on one of our adult courses. She has been volunteering with us since her course ended and has worked her way up to head volunteer. Outside of Safe New Futures, Maz is studying and working hard to be a counsellor.

Lorraine Holdaway


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.



Hannah Ranger

Choices Course Volunteer 


Donna Reeves


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.

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.

Jo Gibson

Jo Gibson

Freelance facilitator and volunteer

Jo, who is a qualified teacher, has been volunteering with SAFE since November 2016. She also has 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

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.

Freelance Trainers

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Claire Thiel

Adults Choices Facilitator  

Hi I’m Claire! Married to Nick with six kids between us. I am a Counsellor and I love people and helping them to be free from the things which tie them in knots. I also love the Sea, all things shell and pebble related, and going for long walks with my puppy

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.

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Freelance Facilitator