Meet the Staff

Combined with over 120 years of experience working with young people; our staff team is innovative, diverse, dynamic and passionate about creating positive, lasting change for young people.

A strong staff team, supported by volunteers, is the foundation of TOKKO. Each staff member offers a unique and valuable set of skills providing TOKKO with a diversity of thought, creativity, perspectives, opportunities, and problem-solving approaches. This allow us to develop exciting opportunities to support young people according to their individual needs; enhancing their mental health and wellbeing and raising their aspirations.

We asked them why they are proud to work at TOKKO.

Aimee

Chief Executive Officer

It’s an honour and a privilege to be asked to lead such an innovative youth charity.

This is a great organisation made up of great people, with real expertise and I am confident that together we can succeed in providing a safe and welcoming space for all young people.

 

 

 

 

 

Hazel

Business Manager

What makes you proud to be a part of TOKKO?

‘I have been lucky enough to see TOKKO develop from its infancy over the last 8 years to the incredible charity you find today; working with some amazing funders, partners, staff and young people along the way to make a lasting positive difference. I get a sense of pride when young people take positive steps forward – (however small those steps might be) and when as a team we find a way to make what initially seemed impossible, possible.’

 

 

 

 

Laurie

Finance Manager

What makes you proud to be a part of TOKKO?

‘I am proud to work for Tokko because every single member of the team, no matter what their actual job title, puts their heart and soul into this work and does their absolute best to help every young person that they can, often going above and beyond.’

 

 

 

 

 

Joff

Youth Work Manager

What makes you proud to be a part of TOKKO?

‘Our team and our heart-based ethos.’

 

 

 

 

Lizzie

Youth Worker

What makes you proud to be a part of TOKKO?

I’m proud to be part of such a diverse, creative and warm hearted team, setting up Luton young people to win at life!

 

 

 

Sade

Youth & Project Worker

What makes you proud to be a part of TOKKO?

‘That it is a place that gives opportunity to young people, and support vulnerable young people out in the world.’

 

 

 

 

 

Ella

Project & Network Coordinator

What makes you proud to be a part of TOKKO?

‘I am proud to be part of Tokko as I can see the vital impact that we have on supporting young people and the positive effect it has on their lives.’

 

 

 

 

Hayley

Young Parents Youth Worker

What makes you proud to be a part of TOKKO?

I am proud to be a part of Tokko as collectively we each put our heart and soul into meeting the needs of all young people by providing tailored support for each individual’s needs and difficulties whilst celebrating each other’s differences.

 

 

 

 

Amara

Arts engagement coordinator

What makes you proud to be a part of TOKKO?

That I can assist the team  creatively to help engage young people through the Arts.

 

 

 

 

Lewis

Admin & Project Support

What makes you proud to be a part of TOKKO?

I enjoying working with and supporting a wide and diverse group of people.

 

 

 

Zara

Admin & Digital Marketing Support

What makes you proud to be a part of TOKKO?

I love that TOKKO gives opportunity and potential to all young people to express themselves into becoming the best possible version of themselves !

 

 

 

Tom

Youth Support Worker

What makes you proud to be a part of TOKKO?

To be able to help out the diverse community Tokko provides for, whether this be helping individuals learn new life skills or to engage in recreational activities.

 

Raphy

Handyman

What makes you proud to be a part of TOKKO?

Being part of the team and making sure that the TOKKO building is a physically safe space where the staff can support vulnerable young people. It is always great to get involved in innovative ideas and projects around the building.

 

 

 

Orion

TOKKO mascot, rescue dog and general dogsbody

What makes you proud to be a part of TOKKO?

“I love saying hello to such a wide diverse range of amazing young people who visit TOKKO. I especially enjoy investigating what staff may be having for lunch, joining in on appropriate activities and my regular afternoon snooze under the desk.”

 

 

 

 

  • “They have helped me to meet new people and put myself out into the real world comfortably.”

    Mentoring client

  • “TOKKO did not just help me; they saved me from destroying myself.”

    OK2B Client

  • “My time at Tokko was informative, ideal and overall impeccable”

    Work Experience – Chiltern Academy

  • “We are in a better place now because of the kindness of you and your team shared to us!”

    Family supported during the pandemic

  • “Thank you for everything that you’ve done for me.”

    Inclusion Project Client

  • ‘Lifewise is like a mental health first-aid box.’

    Young Person – Lifewise Project

  • ‘I felt I was not being judged.’

    Young Person – OK2B Project

  • ‘I trust the workers, and I never felt judged.’

    Young Person – Young Parents Project

  • ‘I am in a much better place.’

    Counselling Client

  • ‘Thank you for helping me let go of things to feel better.’

    Counselling client

  • ‘If it wasn’t for TOKKO, I wouldn’t be where I am today.’

    Angel

  • ‘TOKKO saved my life.’

    Freedom Programme Client