Meet the Team

June Lumley


As a director trustee of 3 local charities, a primary school chair of governors, a district Cllr for 13 years and more recently a county councillor, June has a wealth of experience in Governance. June was until recently executive member for community at Rochford District Council, (includes housing, health, young people and safeguarding). June is Chairman of SCAFT’s board of director trustees.

Tony Ashley


Has experience as an ECC Youth Leader responsible for the Canewdon Youth Club since 1985, becoming involved with the voluntary sector in 2000. Tony has been a director/trustee of SCAFT since it’s creation and has a strong background in administration. Tony holds board responsibility for oversight of management and administration.

Mark Hughes


With over 30 years youth & community work experience, 20 years direct line management of staff teams and 15 years within Senior Leadership positions Mark remains as passionate today about supporting young people to achieve their potential as he did as a young volunteer at the beginning. Mark’s management roles within local government are complemented by his voluntary and community development work experience and extensive partnership networks at a local and national level. Mark holds primary responsibility for oversight of Young Carers projects on the SCAFT board.

Paul Mitchell


Has a wealth of senior level children’s safeguarding experience as a specialist with the Metropolitan Police and is an active community figure, volunteering with several local organisations. Until recently Paul was Chair of the local Conservative Association and is a very passionate and accomplished fundraiser for local causes, with excellent links to local business and philanthropic contacts. Paul is a hands on member of the board, volunteering with our young carers and their families.

David Barnes


Has a wealth of social care experience as a Head of Social Services with a London Borough and as serving as both a district and town councilor.

SCAFT relies on the commitment and dedication of it’s team of volunteers to help deliver it’s services. This small but essential band of people from all walks of life add a huge range of skills and interests to the services we offer. With a spread ranging from students to retirees and everything in-between SCAFT’s volunteers offer a wealth of value to our work. Some of our volunteers have been with us for many, many years others may join us for a while before returning to work after raising a family, whilst they take a gap year or to gain experience prior to continuing their studies.

One of our most valuable assets are those young carers who return as young adults to give back something to a service they got so much from. The insight into the issues young carers face that these volunteers give is remarkable.

The varied contributions volunteers make include helping run general activities, games and sports at our Young Carers Respite Sessions, cooking at these sessions, running art and craft activities, providing Maths homework support and numeracy workshops, running a Gardening Club and supporting our Young Carer Support Workers with a range of tasks.

SCAFT is also supporting local schools with placing Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme students into SCAFT’s Primary Young Carers Respite Groups to gain valuable volunteering experience and make a significant contribution to their communities.