Meet our dedicated team of volunteer’s and read what they do for us here at T.E.A.M R.I.S.E.

Sharon Lees – Manager

Hi I’m Sharon and I have the privilege of Managing the wonderful T.E.A.M R.I.S.E Project. It is non-stop but I would not have it any other way, to see people grow in confidence and develop great friendships on a daily basis is fantastic and I cannot imagine ever doing anything else! We have grown so much over the last few years and now I feel we are comfortable in our own space and getting the most out of everything we do. Finances will always be a worry, as we do not get any government funding, but with the love, support and friendship of others, we somehow manage, and I know we will do so for many more years to come.

Jean Smith – Chair of TEAM RISE

Even with two adult children and four grandchildren, Jean still finds time to invest in TEAM RISE. It is a good job really as she is Chair of our great organisation. We must apologise to her husband Colin for taking her away!

However, nothing can stop Jean enjoying her hols and spending quite a bit of time visiting her grandchildren in Dubai. 

Now retired, she previously spent 25 years as a self employed Redundancy Outplacement Consultant, covering the north of England and Wales.

She has a wealth of experience having worked with people in the various employment sectors including manufacturing, finance,
breweries, power stations, and police forces , amongst others. 



Susan Jackson – Board member

I joined the group around 7 years ago and I can honestly say it saved my sanity.

I had been off work for about a year with depression and was sinking further and further inwards not wanting to do anything or go anywhere. My daughter stepped in and started arranging things for me to do, stuff such as firstly going to the doctors for help, setting up courses for me to do such as retaking my maths and English tests. (She knew me well, that, if she arranged something for me to do I would not let her down, and I would reluctantly go whatever my feelings were). I then reached my retirement and Karen again stepped in.

She set up a meeting with Sharon Lees with a view to volunteering for a ‘few hours a week’. This absolutely changed everything for me and now my daughter complains that she has to make an appointment to see me, as my life revolves around T.E.A.M R.I.SE. I am  happy in myself and feel that I am a valued member of society.

My main job is on Wednesday where I have a group who do mainly 3d Frames which we personalise for customers pets etc. We do other craft items in between but the 3d frames are our main sellers.

On Friday we go out and about to museums and fun things for Friday Funday, and then there are stalls, bag packs, board meetings and other fund raising days. I am often in T.E.A.M R.I.S.E on other days, printing stuff off etc.

I love what I do and love each and every member and all the volunteers and have made lots of new friends. If anyone has retired and are feeling lost, I would advise them to join a group such as ours as it is a lovely thing to do which gives you back much more than you can give out.



Yvonne Hendrick – Board member

I have had the privilege of knowing Sharon and her team for a few years and am delighted to have had the pleasure to be able to help them with the occasional fundraising event.  Their love and enthusiasm knows no bounds and the work that they all do is a testament to this thriving community, so when I was asked to join the Board I had no hesitation in accepting and I look forward to being able to join with them to develop and grow.

I have nearly 15 years experience in professional fundraising within the education sector and I hope I can bring some of my skills and knowledge to help bring in much needed financial support. Every small donation makes a big difference and every donor becomes a very special part of TEAMRISE.


Ian MacDonald – Board member


Tina Wilson – Board member

In her original synopsis Tina wrote, “I’m 49 nearly 50.” As you can see, she has now passed this milestone and it is all my fault for not typing fast enough!

Tina is the person with her hand firmly on the purse strings of our amazing organisation. She is married to Pete, who gets roped in to all sorts for us as well. In fact “roped” is a good choice of phrase as I have just had the pleasure of being on the adjacent Zip Wire to him!

Tina has been all over the place! Despite having a couple of cats which she cant take with her, she loves to travel and so far has 76 countries under her belt. Pete gets to go as well!

She did want me to point out that she has no caravan! Best sort of holiday ever!!!)


Margaret Kennedy

Margaret Kennedy

I am a volunteer with T.E.A.M R.I.S.E and I enjoy every minute here, I’ve been  here just over 12 months and can see the changes in the people that come here every day. I see that lots of them are growing in confidence and great interpersonal skills which is all I could wish for.

Eunice Whittaker

I joined T.E.A.M R.I.S.E. three years ago, I was retired and couldn’t do with being home all day so I decided to volunteer at T.E.A.M R.I.S.E. I have met a great group of people, who I get on very well with, I have learned much from this group of interesting individual’s, they vary in their needs, but all have something to give. Some you have to nurture to bring them out of their selves but it is great to see what they can do when they are more confident. I get so much love off the group and enjoy their company, I receive as much as from them as they do from me.

Keith Blackburn

I help out at T.E.A.M R.I.S.E. and i’m happy to see their progress each time I see them, I think it’s brilliant to see how each individual is growing in confidence every week and I look forward to seeing how each and every individual grows and progresses whilst they are here and I hope that my advice and guidance will help them progress through their lives.


Ann Green

I enjoy working for T.E.A.M R.I.S.E. as they are a wonderful group of people who are great to work with and I find it extremely rewarding to work with the individuals who come here each day. I find it to be so rewarding to see the young adults we work with forming friendship’s and developing skills whilst enjoying themselves.