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Meet The Team

YMCA Portadown have a dedicated staff team who work tirelessly to provide the best service and youth provision possible.


Gordon Woolsey

General Secretary / CEO

No two days are the same and this is what I love!

I am fortunate to have a fantastic staff team who are involved in the face-to-face delivery to children and young people, therefore, in my management role, I am there to support the staff team while also ensuring we bring in the resources to fund our work. So, a day for me could entail going through lots of emails, applying for grants, report writing, budget preparation, programme planning, strategic planning, and various meetings with staff and stakeholders, while also ensuring our fantastic youth centre is kept operational, not forgetting the interactions with those who use our centre, and I do also enjoy having the opportunity to deliver face to face sessions with children and young people when I get a chance

Matthew Matchett

Youth Work Programme Manager

Matthew finds it rewarding to see young people develop and flourish. Matthew loves the fun of youth work, even to the point of having more fun than the young people.

Matthew enjoys going to the Gym, Football and spending some quality time with his Family. 

Matthew oversees the youth programme and wider youth work staff. You can see him in the YM most days if you need a chat.


Arianne Cousins

Youth Worker

Arianne loves having the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of young people; from making crafts to helping them with life's tough decisions.

Arianne loves a wee bounty, 'full fat' coke and Portrush.

Find Arianne on Tuesday, Thursday  & Friday nights at JNR & SNR Drop In. Arianne also coordinates our volunteer team and Enable Project

Graeme Lennon

Youth Worker E2T Programme

Graeme joined the team in September 2019 and is quickly becoming part of the furniture. Graeme aspires to be a role model in the community.

Graeme enjoys a large latte and describes himself as loyal, lucky and sincere.

Find Graeme on a Thursday & Friday night Snr youth club or on an E2T programme


Josh Robinson

Youth Worker

Josh has only been around for just over six months but is already part of the furniture. He loves being able play football and fun games in the sports hall.

Josh is obsessed with Vikings, loves music and munching on pizza.

Find Josh on a Wednesday & Friday night

Megan Turkington

Youth Worker

Megan joined us in April 2021 but already feels at home! She loves getting to build positive relationships with young people and having fun competing over a board game.

Megan loves a good cuppa tea, her dog Buster and the north coast.

Find Megan on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday nights at JNR & SNR Drop In.

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Kathy Davison

Housekeeper / Youth Worker

Kathy is our housekeeper. She ensures that the place is clean for all your activities. Kathy loves a tin of coke and volunteering in our youth programme.

Kathy is someone who will always champion her community and ensure everyone has a space and place to go.

Find Kathy most mornings in the YM and also on a Tuesday night at JNR Youth Club

Sharon James

Administration & Finance / Youth Worker

Sharon does all the hard work behind the scenes to keep the centre running. Sharon has always loved youth work as it had an incredible impact on her life.

Sharon loves a good Sunday Roast, Fanta Orange and family holidays to Donegal.

As well as all things admin, Sharon is part of our Kidz Club Team

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