Nana-Ama Martey - Project Manager
As Project Manager I organise and supervise placements for homeless young people in private homes. Together with the team I assist the clients and their hosts in maintaining and implementing the terms of their Licence Agreement, and implement and record the clients’ progress towards independent living. I liaise with agencies such as Shelter, Probation Service, Police, Social Services, the Council’s Supporting People Team, Homeless Persons Unit and Support & Resettlement Team, Housing Benefits Office, Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Connexions and local Housing Associations and churches, so as to ascertain local needs and problems and to build working relationships. I also meet with clients for their review meetings and offer help and support when needed.
Jackie Riley - Senior Support Worker
After many years working within housing/homelessness in local authority travelling through the Blackwall Tunnel daily I decided it was time to take early retirement and seek part-time work nearer home. I applied to LATCH after reading their website and the important role they play in assisting the young homeless. It is great working part-time helping young people find homes and assisting them with benefits and other problems/issues within their daily life’s. As Senior Support Worker my role is varied and busy.
The charity’s trustees are the BCHA Executive Committee, which comprises of three officers – the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer – and currently, four other members. The members are all volunteers and include representatives of different denominations in the borough, along with others in sympathy with the charity’s aims. Four members of the Executive Committee form the LATCH Management Sub-Committee, and it's chairperson, the LATCH Chair, is responsible to the Executive Committee for the operation of the project and acts as Line Manager to the project’s staff.
Rev Duncan Aitkins - BCHA Chair
I cannot recall when I became involved with BCHA and the LATCH project probably in the early 1980's and it is a way of life now! But we do what we can and trust in God. As I also work in social housing I am able to bring some of my knowledge such as the Supporting People programme and my network of contacts to help support the LATCH team and BCHA generally. I am proud of all the staff and Trustees for all their commitment and hard work and thank Bromley Council for their support together with all the Mayors of Bromley who have generously agreed to act as Honorary President of the Charity throughout the years. All Local Councillors who have shown their interest and all the congregations and Pastors and Priests from our own Churches Together in Bromley for their support and commitment to the Homeless in Bromley. If you wish to help in any way don't hesitate to contact me personally 07957861404.
Judith Mascarenhas - Trustee
Ranjana Chauhan - Trustee
Cora Marler - Trustee
Ellie Turner - Design Consultant
I first heard about the LATCH project through Rev Duncan Aitkins who asked if I could help with their corporate identity. Believing that this is an extremely important charity and having been a qualified graphic designer for over 15 years, I am now offering my help with all aspects of design and communication.
We owe our thanks to the following founders and previous trustees of BCHA who enabled the success of the LATCH Project:
Mary Ann Cooper