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.
Phil has worked in residential rehabilitation services since 2001, starting out as a Night Support Worker at a private treatment centre on the East Coast. Phil joined RAPt in 2004 as a Counsellor and is now the Bridges’ Project Lead. Alongside providing strategic and operational leadership to the Bridges, Phil has helped develop and implement RAPt’s pioneering community-based treatment services in Hull.
As the Deputy Service Manager, Craig is the Bridges’ Treatment Lead. He manages the therapeutic team and oversees the delivery of our treatment programmes. Craig joined the Bridges in 2005 as a Volunteer before successfully completing RAPt’s Addiction Counsellor Training Programme in 2007 and working as a Counsellor, then Senior Counsellor.
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.
Prior to working for The Bridges, Haydn worked for several community organisations in England and Holland supporting homeless people. Haydn also worked for Humberside Probation Service. At The Bridges, Haydn’s duties include supporting clients with benefits and medical issues.
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.
Terry first joined RAPt in 2002, working in the CARATs team at HMP Leeds before working as a Counsellor on our programme at HMP Humber. Terry joined the Bridges as Treatment Manager in 2004. After several years managing substance misuse services both in Manchester and Hull, Terry is back at the Bridges providing support throughout the day.
Keith joined the Bridges in 2015 as a Night Support Counsellor. 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.
Dean is one of the newest members of our team at the Bridges. He joined the Bridges in May 2016 as part of RAPt’s Apprenticeship Programme. Dean has a passion for recovery and over the past year has been a peer mentor at the ReNew criminal justice service in Hull, helping change the lives of those stuck in addiction.
Gary is also new to our team at the Bridges. He first joined our service as a volunteer and has been supporting residents whilst in treatment. In May 2016 Gary secured a placement on RAPt’s Apprenticeship Programme.
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.