About Us

Our values

As we continue our work with those in need, Our vision is that local communities in North Yorkshire, particularly around Thirsk, will become stronger and more resilient and those communities feel that they belong, are connected and live independent, active and fulfilled lives. 

How we try to work  

Every day at Community Works, whether it’s in our Re:use store, at our front reception desk or even gathered around the kettle having a well earned break, we try and live out our work with five values that we hope will also affect our behaviours. 

  • Integrity – We try to be honest, open and transparent
  • Involving others – We work hard to involve our service users & volunteers in shaping our work and our future
  • Quality – We try and do the best we can in all of our work
  • Community – We’re always listening to those around us and we work with others whenever we can
  • Valuing others – We see the unique value in everyone and don’t give up easily

Our team


Chelsea works in the Re:Use store as a Shop Assistant.  Chelsea likes games, learning new things and creativity and dislikes Vultures and overcooked Lettuce.  Chelsea would like to have Matthew Mercer round for tea.

Ellie A

Ellie A

Ellie A is our Finance & Admin Assistant and has been working with us since October 2019. She Likes Marvel movies, reading and socialising with friends and family. Her dislikes are horror movies, bad drivers and Spiders. The past or present Famous person she’d like to have round for tea would be Kevin Hart….’because he is hilarious and we are properly almost the same height’…we’ll try and make it happen.

Ellie C

Ellie C

Ellie C (known as ‘Beans’), is PA to the Chief Executive Officer and the Support Worker for the charity. She has been a part of the team since November 2020. She likes spending time with her family, watching films and going on walks. She dislikes the cold, roundabouts and maths. A celebrity Ellie would like to invite round for tea would be Billie Eilish as her music and story has inspired her in many ways.



Esther is our cleaner and has been with us since October 2022. She likes reading, drawing, listening to music and attending gigs. She dislikes rudeness, sports and adverts. The past or present Famous person she would like to have round for tea would be David Bowie who she has been a fan of since she was a little girl.  The hardest part of Esther’s job is trying to clean Rob’s office.



Gill works with our Older People and co-ordinates our OPS work and has been here for a while.  Gill enjoys her job, cooking, crafting , gardening, walking and spending time with her Grandchildren . Gill dislikes computers, mobile phones and swearing! She likes tasting different puddings, and the theatre. The famous person she’d like to have tea with would be Alan Titchmarsh.


Kate is our Car Scheme Co-Coordinator and has been with us since January 2023. She likes Dogs, Cats, the theatre, films, walks in the Countryside, different cuisines and spending time with family and friends. She dislikes Rude people, Mushrooms, Pineapple and getting stuck in queues. She would love to have Michael Palin round for tea to discuss his travels.



Kirsty is our Operations Manager and has been working with us since December 2012. She enjoys Chinese food, swimming, and craft, she’s not too keen on washing up or gaming. If she was to have a celebrity round for tea it would be P!nk as her music has supported her through highs and lows.


Libby is our extremely talented Finance Officer and joined us in March 2023.  Libby is also an award winning florist and likes quizzing, snow globes and Eurovision.  Her dislikes include shellfish and crowded places.  The famous celebrity that Libby would like to have round for dinner is Richard Osman.  We let Libby create her own avatar!



Oliver is our Head of Keywork and Engagement and supports adults who may have a number of issues preventing them accessing the employment market, as well as providing a wide range of one to one support services. Oliver has been with us since 2019 but has worked for the charity since 2012. He likes music, cinema and following sport. He dislikes paperwork, silence and Golf. If he had to have anyone round for tea it would be Orson Welles.


Paula is on our OPS team and has been with us since May 2022.  Paula likes family and friends, Dogs, Horses, British wildlife, and has a soft spot for Hares and Stags! She dislike fake or dishonest people and isn’t keen on Cats.  The famous person Paula would like to have round for tea is Shakka Hislop.


Rob is our Chief Executive Officer and joined Community Works in September 2022.  He likes Leeds Utd, Yorkshire Cricket and playing cricket, everything Yorkshire & his family.  He dislikes ‘celebrities’, trashy TV that melts your brain and various politicians.  Rob would like to have Frank Skinner, C.S. Lewis and Elvis Presley round for tea.


Trish works at our Re:Use store and joined us in June 2023.  Trish’s likes include include making 5d diamond art and jewellery.  Her dislikes include spiders and trousers made from Carrots.   Trish’s perfect dinner guest would be the comedian Bob Mortimer.



Vic Stapylton is the Shop Manager of our Re:use store and our Women’s Worker.  Vic’s likes include a cold pint of Guinness, Horses and her Mini. Her dislikes include Romain Bananas, rude people and Hopscotch. The famous person that Vic would like to have round for tea would be Elvis Presley.  Vic once went out on a date with one of the Beach Boys!


Winter works on our RISE project as a keyworker.  We love Winter’s dedication to our service users! Winter’s likes include hopping to work.  Her dislikes include boiled Sprouts and Backgammon.  The person that Winter would like to have round for dinner is Margot Fonteyn