Christmas Fair

We had a really successful Christmas Fair which was held on Saturday 26th November 2016

A big thank you to all that helped: Amy, Ian, Sarah, Kathleen, Moira, Susan, John, Saffron and Emma

To everyone that took time to come and support us – Thank you!

We raised – £793.55 this will be spent on equipment and the recovering of the pool table.


Best wishes

Emma & Jonny




Thank you for the donations from the following for our raffle:

Studio B Hair Salon

Wilson’s of York Family Butchers

Makeup and Nails by Jodie
Haxby Bakehouse
Energi Trampoline Park
Cafe No 8 Bistro
D’Vine Restaurant
Cityscreen Picture House
Yorkshire Paintball Centre
Penny Graver
Lucy Burnham



Amy_VolunteerI am an easy-going, friendly person who loves dancing, listening to music and watching Disney films whilst eating cake.

What is your favourite thing about your career?
Exploring different areas of psychology to see what I could potentially go into.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
I am more of an introvert.

If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or garden work?
Gardening because I can’t push a lawn mower!


I am a very happy person who enjoys mixing with people. I have a family of eight children, plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I love going on holiday.

Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?

Would you rather win the lottery or work in the perfect job?
Win the lottery so I could travel the world.

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
Audrey Hepburn

David Geddes

David is a lDr_David_Geddes_330px (2)_Trusteeocal GP and has had a special interest in mental health having worked earlier in his career in adult psychiatric services.

He now works part time, combining his job as a GP with working with NHS England as the national head of primary care commissioning.

Mental illness is common and for those who suffer,  there are challenges that face them on a daily basis. Through his work as a GP and also as a carer for a family member with mental illness, David  has been touched by stories of success and bravery which has given inspiration to others.

Learning and getting  support from others who have lived experience of mental illness is key to helping others face difficulties in their life, that is why David is so proud to be associated with the Hut, bringing together people with experiences, to share and learn together, helping others cope with life’s challenges in a warm friendly and positive environment.

Emma – Manager

imageedit_2_6189898140I started my career teaching in early years, moving to York in 2007 I felt I needed a new challenge. I gained more qualifications to teach adults and with my experience of complex needs in Education and Mental Health it gave me a new direction. My previous job role gave me a chance to use my skills in a setting supporting and training vocational skills to adults with Acquired Brain Injuries and complex mental health needs, training included a Vocational Pathway where training packages in Work and Vocational skills, First Aid and Food Awareness gave people a better start in their recovery journey along with support in finding volunteer opportunities that offered meaning. I also adapted training for staff to have a better understanding in to the work they do.

I started working at The Hut in February 2015 to develop the service.   I am very passionate about what I do and working here offers a great place to express this.  My job is varied and no two days are the same, I get to do the things I enjoy and meet some remarkable people who have shared their stories.  I feel very lucky to manage this amazing place and be part of its journey.

Emma Drake

Emma Drake_VolunteerI’m a York lass through and through, I have lived and worked in this beautiful city all of my life.

I have recently completed a degree in Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring, which is how I first became involved with The Hut in 2013, firstly as a volunteer and now as a Trustee. I am passionate about this amazing organisation, the support it provides and purpose it gives to vulnerable members of York’s community. The members, staff and volunteers inspire me every day.

My working background is financial and insurance services. I opted to take voluntary redundancy in order to change my life and satisfy a long held ambition of becoming a counsellor. I am about to embark on a post-graduate diploma in counselling, followed by a Masters.