Meet the Team

The Youth Work Team

Liz Burt: Youth Projects Manager

Liz has lived in Africa, Europe and England. Over the past 20 years she has enjoyed working in Community Development projects in the Horsham District. She is passionate about rural children and young people having access to fun activities, positive role models and access to the support they need to become successful adults.
With a background in Project Management and Community Work, Liz has a good network of contacts and knowledge of the local area. She is committed to working together with other groups and organisations in order to decrease rural isolation.
Liz is an active member of St Mary’s church in Washington. She has 4 grown up children and lives with her husband in Storrington. She loves to spend time with family and friends, especially her grand children.

Emma Edwards: District Team Leader and Lead Youth Worker for Steyning, Upper Beeding, Bramber and Ashurst

Emma has been a youth worker for over 10 years in various locations across the UK, from inner city London, vibrant Welsh cities, seaside towns and rural villages. Emma joined Horsham Matters at the start of the Community Youth Work initiative in 2013 and brings creativity and drive to the team.
As well as creating art work for posters, videos and small scale marketing campaigns Emma enjoys supporting young people to make positive choices and build a sense of community within the work she delivers  – she also has an addiction to roller coasters and water parks and will travel great distances to cross another off the list!

Dan Fairchild: North District Team Leader and Lead Youth Worker for Horsham, Broadbridge Heath, Slinfold and Warnham

Dan has been working for Horsham Matters since 2013, having been part of the commencement of the Community Youth Work project. With a background in supporting young people with autism and children’s work Dan has a great passion for working with all young people, getting to know them and hearing their story.
Dan can be quite competitive and enjoys all games from rugby and basketball to board games and giant hungry hippos. Please note Dan can always be bought with a bar of chocolate!

Ben Sheldon: Community Youth Worker for Pulborough and Billingshurst

Ben started with the CYW team in 2013 while studying for a degree in youth work and has since joined the team full time in Billingshurst and Pulborough working for both Horsham Matters and also for St Mary’s Church, Billingshurst. He loves making a noise (musically,…. mostly), and having a laugh.
He is passionate about young people feeling as though they belong, and are part of the community.


Maria Colenso: Community Youth Worker for Horsham, Steyning, Upper Beeding, Bramber and Ashurst 

Maria has many talents, these do not include singing or making good strong tea! However, Maria loves to support others and get stuck in with a variety of tasks. As well as being a Youth Worker Maria is a qualified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor and is always on hand for motivational dance moves to fire up Monday mornings!!  Maria joined Horsham Matters in 2014 and continues to thrive within the local community offering detached and outreach support to local schools & youth clubs.

Dani Woolley: Sessional Youth Worker for Slinfold and Billingshurst

Dani joined the Youth Work team at Horsham Matters in 2016.  She has a degree in Primary Education and is a fully qualified Primary School Teacher.  Dani grew up in Horsham and has worked in schools across West Sussex for the last 6 years.  Dani plays Ten Pin Bowling regularly and although she has played at county level, just enjoys the social side of the sport nowadays!  She is passionate about providing exciting opportunities and experiences for young people and is thoroughly enjoying her role as Youth Worker.


 Donna Dywer: Sessional Youth Worker for Broadbridge Heath 

Mother of a teenager and pre-teen, with years of experience of working with young people of various ages.  Over the last 4 years, Donna has been working with SEND children particularly those with Autism.   Having been that young person growing up in a small village, Donna understands how it feels to be isolated from friends. Leading her passion of giving young people of today the opportunity to spread their wings in a safe environment with all the support they need to become responsible and confident adults of the future.  And of course, having fun along the journey too!

Bilge Kinas-Clarke: Assistant Youth Worker for Steyning 

Bil was born in Turkey and studied tourism at University.  She came to the UK to improve her English in 1998.  She worked for several years as accounts manager before leaving work to have children.  In addition to being a housewife she works as Team Leader in Thakeham school kitchen and has studied barbering, and has a mobile barber business.  She is married with 2 children. She Joined the team team in 2017 and is expanding her creative skills through various youth club craft activities!

Matt Lee: Assistant Youth Worker for Pulborough

Matt came to Horsham in September 2015 as a student youth worker for St Mary’s Church. Matt began volunteering with Horsham Matters as part of his university placement and now works 4 hours per week as a youth support worker in Pulborough. Matt believes that every young person has the ability the achieve even in the face of adversity. Matts enjoys the beach, juggling and a good book!

Kath Smith: Assistant Youth Worker for Horsham 

Kath joined Horsham Matters in 2017, to help run Horsham Youth Club.  She also works in primary education and has 2 teenage children of her own.  Kath loves music, enjoys singing and dancing and is partial to a mug of strong tea and a bowl of spicy curry.



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Liz Burt – Youth Projects Manager

[email protected]  03001240204 / 07702 597204

Emma Edwards – Team Leader & Youth Worker for Steyning, Upper Beeding, Bramber & Ashurst

[email protected]  07702 492828

Dan Fairchild – Horsham District North Team Leader & Youth Worker for Horsham,

Broadbridge Heath, Warnham & Slinfold

[email protected]  07702 492841

Ben Sheldon – Youth Worker for Pulborough & Billingshurst

[email protected]  07763 302456

Maria Colenso – Youth Worker for Horsham, Steyning, Upper Beeding, Bramber & Ashurst

[email protected]  07432 568383