Martin Hollingsworth (Marv)

Married since 2003 to my long suffering wife Lisa and a father to my beautiful daughter Ava

My current role is serving as a full time Firefighter on the Red Watch for Durham City and surrounding towns and villages.  I've been doing that now for around 10 years and have loved every minute.

I'm also one of the lead coordinators/instructors for Durham YFA (Young Firefighters Association) working with teenagers from varied backgrounds which is extremely rewarding teaching them all the skills necessary to hopefully one day become a firefighter. 

Previous jobs/roles include being a Soldier in the British Army and working for Nissan UK

I've also volunteered for the charity Changing Lives, working with vulnerable adults who have been made homeless and had drug and alcohol addictions.

Junior Session Team Leader

Chloe Liddle

I plan and run the junior sessions and co-ordinate the staff rota of cover the sessions.

I have worked with a range of children of various ages and abilities for three years now. I currently work in a primary school as a teaching assistant, a youth worker for the Foundation of Light and a young person carer for Gateway North East which is a charity for young people with a learning disability.

Senior Youth Worker

Connor Clough

I am an avid cricket player and love music, in particular classic and indie rock

Youth Worker

Issy Moat

Asssitant Youth Worker

Demi Donnelly

I am 16 years old, I am currently helping out as a volunteer with the junior sessions on a Monday and Thursday night. I am currently studying at Fyndoune Community College in my last year,  am looking at studying health and social at college or a possible apprenticeship.

I believe all kids should strive to be the best they can and that’s exactly what we encourage them to do at sacriston youth project, also giving children opportunities and helping them become more independent is something we focus on too help them in future circumstances.

Assistant Youth Worker

Ben Hopson

My name is Ben, I am 15 and study at Durham Johnston Comprehensive School. I live in a small village juts outside of Durham. 


I have been a part of County Durham a Darlington Fire and Rescue Service for 2 and a half years, based from Durham and High Handenhold fire stations as a young firefighter. As well as being part of the YFA I work with the media teams to create social media posts by contributing the photographs. I have also had numerous photos printed in the local newspapers. 


I spent a few years helping Durham park run coordinating runners and timing runners etc. I have also volunteered at Durham Regatta and Durham Lumiere in 2017.


I believe that children should have a fantastic program in there local community to develop there skills and make new relationships with friends not only during primary school age but also during secondary school. At Sacristan Youth Project we also develop children's sport and artistic skills during the weekly sessions.

Assistant Youth Worker

Katherine Barton

I currently volunteer at SYP on a Monday evening helping with the junior session. I also work as a deputy manager of a local nursery. I have previous voluntary experience of working with junior aged children at another youth group.

Prior to starting my family I worked for a number of years at a local secondary school as a learning mentor. I really enjoy working with both children and young people. 

Evie O'Brien

I am a willing and enthusiastic volunteer for the Sacriston Youth Project (SYP).  SYP allows me to play a key role as a Trainee Youth Worker; overseeing and supporting the delivery of the midweek Junior sessions on a Wednesday night.

Morgan Shaw

My name is Morgan Shaw and I’m 15 years old. I am currently studying at Fyndoune Community College where I am doing my GCSE work in order to sit my exams next year. I am currently volunteering with the junior sessions.I believe we should give children a chance to do things they enjoy and allow them to mix with other kids and that’s exactly what we aim to do at Sacriston Youth Project. 

Emily Todd

Lucy Newton

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