Meet the Team
Douglas Dunsmore-Dawson, Regional Manager – Yorkshire & Humber
Dougie is a Regional Manager for RAPt with responsibility for Yorkshire & Humber which includes overseeing the management of the Bridges, as well as RAPt’s delivery within the Hull ReNew Criminal Justice service. In addition, he supports development and fundraising initiatives across the region.
Dougie has a successful track record of driving organisational change and service transformation, in both the public and private sector. He has over fifteen years’ experience in the field of drug and alcohol treatment and considerable expertise of managing challenging and complex projects.
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Terry successfully completed RAPt’s Addiction Counsellor Training Programme in 2010 and joined the team, firstly as an Apprentice Counsellor. Terry is now one of the Bridges’ principal Counsellors. Terry is grounded in person-centred theory and has a particular professional interest in interpersonal group therapy.
Jason has over 13 years of experience working within the field of substance misuse. Jason has most recently worked in the community supporting individuals to maintain abstinence, however, has also worked in residential treatment in a variety of roles such as, Group facilitator, Counsellor and administrations coordinator. Jason has a good understanding of the assessment process and pathways into residential treatment, from a client and funders perspective.
Dean joined the Bridges in May 2016 as part of RAPt’s Apprenticeship Programme and has since went on to gain full time employment from the service. Before coming to the Bridges Dean had engaged with a peer mentoring progamme at ReNew criminal justice service in Hull, helping change the lives of those stuck in addiction.
Jabel joined the service in 2017 as part of the Forward trust apprenticeship scheme where he worked supporting the family service as a drug and alcohol practitioner. He has now moved on from this to secure full time employment in residential treatment. Jabel has had experience previously working within Therapeutic Communities and is dedicated to helping and giving hope to others on their own recovery Journey.
Matthew joined the Bridges as s Support Counsellor in 2014, having recently completed a Master’s Degree in Psychology. He assists clients with setting up benefits claims and bank accounts, alongside overseeing the Bridges’ medication systems and organising structured activities for clients.
Keith joined the Bridges in 2015 as a Night Support Worker. Prior to working at the Bridges, Keith ran a graphic design business and was also on the editorial team for RAPt’s quarterly magazine for graduates, the Journey.
Beverly joined The Bridges in June 2016, she came to the organisation to learn about addiction and recovery after realising how many people suffer in the city as a result of being dependent on substances. Beverly offers her time to the Bridges ‘to help make a difference to people’s lives in her city’. Beverly’s role can vary day to day from assisting clients with meal preparation in the kitchen to helping the men with admin tasks such as registering new clients with GP and covering reception.
Caroline recently joined The Bridges as a volunteer, her role involves supporting the men with day to day tasks such as mealtime preparation and booking appointments. She also supports the project with reception phone cover and administration duties. Caroline feels that since joining the Bridges she is ‘gaining a wealth of experience and key skills, which are assisting my personal career development path, RAPt are supportive of me, offer training, and staff treat me as a member of the team’.
I joined the Bridges in order to gain more knowledge and experience about addiction and recovery. I’m currently studying Psychology at Leeds Beckett University, joining the bridges has gave me valuable experience that I wouldn’t be able to receive from University alone. During my time at the Bridges, I cover the reception and assist clients with meal preparation. Being at the bridges and talking to the clients, has helped me understand more in depth about the journey of addiction and the road to recovery! Spending time with clients at the Bridges, has encouraged me to want to work within the addiction and recovery area when I finish University.