Staff Team

Jen Addison


Up until August 2018, I worked as a full time teacher with special needs young people. My specialism is ICT & photography. Since then, I resigned from education to concentrate on running my own company.  In my own time I am a freelance Videographer, Photographer and Digital Artist selling HD stock footage and images through various companies in the UK &  New York.    

I have 2 wonderful daughters who support me in everything I do. I have worked with young people with disabilities since 2002 which is a privilege. 

Vision25 is a dream come true for me and I am very lucky to have a fantastic team working with me. The families of our young people are amazing and fully support me every day which makes Vision25 very much a family orientated place.  Many professionals who have visited us have commented on the happy, family feel to the environment which is wonderful to hear.


Tracy Thomas

I loved my work as a volunteer at Vision25 and was delighted to be offered a full time position in September 2018.  Although my subjects are English and History, I have really enjoyed introducing our young adults to my various hobbies including cooking, sewing, crafting and, more recently, candle making!  I’m determined to keep expanding our enterprise efforts as our young adults continue to develop new skills and grow in confidence.

Lead Support Assistant

Charlotte Irving

HR Assitant

I have worked in HR and recruitment for over 20 years and recruit for schools, colleges, local authorities, NHS and a large number of private sector companies in Teesside. I am a mum to two sporty boys and spend a lot of time taking them to their regular training sessions and matches. I am School Governor for a local primary school and also a Trustee for a multi academy trust of primary and secondary schools. In my spare time I am a running leader for a local running group and also participate most weeks in my local Parkrun. 

Tracey Boston

Support Assistant

My name is Tracey, I work as a Physiotherapy Assistant in elderly rehab, but I have always had an interest in working with people with learning disabilities/special needs and I love working at Vision25.  Its a fabulous environment.

Val Lake

Corporate Fundraiser

Hi I'm Val.  I enjoy renovating houses, have 5 grandchildren who I enjoy spending time with and I enjoy walking.  I used to be a trustee for 'my sisters place' and secretary and member of Enterprise Business Network International for about 18 months

 Daniella Potts

Support Assistant, (Apprentice)

My name is Daniella and I'm 17.  I enjoy playing guitar and have been playing for about 4 years.  I taught myself!! In my spare time I listen to music and go to concerts.  My favourite bands are 5 Seconds of Summer, The Beatles and Catfish and the Bottlemen.  Eating out and spending time with my friends are my favourite things to do and I love to watch Netflix.

Paul Walmsley

Community Engagement Officer

My name is Paul, I'm 30 years old and a full time wheelchair user.  I am very grateful to be part of the Vision25 team and look forward to some great adventures.  In my spare time I enjoy rowing for a local rowing club and working out

Volunteer Team

Lucy Addison

I'm Lucy! I am an Applied Artist specialising in jewellery & ceramics.  I am also a director of Creative Village CIC. Myself & Jess are two passionate artists supporting art for all.  We deliver workshops to people with a variety of needs in the Teesside area.  Our workshops aim to build confidence and include drawing, painting,  jewellery,  ceramics and many more!

Jessica Langford

I'm jess, I am an Applied Artist who creates sterling silver jewellery and glass engravings.  I sell my products through galleries, shops and online.  I am also a director of Creative Village CIC, along with Lucy.  We deliver workshops, supporting art for all, which aim to build confidence , create a safe environment for attendees to express themselves and help with social isolation.

Kate Burns

I am a counselling student at Teesside University.  My interests include reading fiction, meeting new people and buying clothes and make-up.  I love cats and any other fluffy animals.  I live at home with my parents, sisters and cat.

Steph Addison

I am 24 years old with a love to travel.  I spend half the year on the Greek Islands and the other half at home where I recently started volunteering at Vision25, which I love.  I have always had a love for helping people with special needs so this is perfect for me!

Emma Read

I recently completed a social work degree.  Before attending Uni I have worked in schools for 10 years as a 1:1 tutor.  In my spare time I enjoy long walks with my dog Amber, who is a chocolate labrador.

Matthew Splevins

I'm Matt, I'm 22 and have a degree in Community Music which I studied at the Sage in Gateshead.  I am currently working as an Intern at Musinc, an organisation that promotes inclusion and success & musical experiences for all young people.  I am shadowing/assisting at 3 projects a week.  

Mike Taylor-Bates

I like sports, reading and going to Spain.  I like to help people and having meals with my friends.  I also like DIY and arts & crafts.  I live in Yarm and I enjoy living on our street beside my friends.

Lisa Clark

I have two beautiful little girls, aged 6 & 1 called Lauren and Lucy.  I recently changed career to become a childminder so I could spend more time with my family.  I enjoy days out with them, being creative & gardening.  

Toni-Leanne Dooley (TL)

I am 27 years old, I am currently a Manager for Aldi. In my spare time I play for a women's football team, my favourite team is Sunderland! I love spending time with my family and friends.

Lucy Lawson

I'm Lucy, I have two young daughters who keep me very busy.  I enjoy baking and crafts.

Luke Etherington

I’m Luke, I am a special educational needs teaching assistant from Stockton. I love doing landscape photography in my spare time. I also enjoy long walks with my dog Tilly.  I am really enjoying volunteering with Vision25

Paul Wilson

I'm Paul, 29 years old.  I live in Thornaby with my wife and my cat Tim.  Big fan of Middlesbrough FC, horse racing and music.  I like watching TV and films at home with good food. Dislike beans and mess!!

Lynn Mead

My name is Lynn.  I am married with two children and we have a dog named Lily.  I work at Bader Primary School as a lunchtime supervisor.  I like reading, knitting and swimming. I enjoy working at the school and I also enjoy coming to Vision25, I love the atmosphere and all the people there.

Amy Cookson

I'm Amy, I love socialising, having fun, meeting new people and facing new challenges.  What i like about working at Vision25 is that i love meeting and getting to know each individual.  Every week is different, there is always a good atmosphere, everyone always has a smile on their face. 

Jordan Henry

I spent the first 7 years of my working career in retail.  I have a wonderful partner and 3 beautiful french bulldogs, Phoebe, Ralph and Dot. Vision25 is something I am really passionate about.  I feel since working with our amazing young adults and our fantastic team I have developed many new skills and I am still learning everyday.

Joe Hammill

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Ground Floor, Richard House, Sorbonne Close, Teesdale Business Park, Stockton on Tees. TS17 6DA Tel ; 07708 777 336

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