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Safer Communities CIC

Kate Staples, Head of Safer Communities CIC

Kate Staples joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2009 as a Home Fire Risk Technician. This role introduced her to working closely with the community and helping people become more safer in their own homes. She was then appointed to the role of Community Safety Officer in South Staffordshire where she worked with partners to help achieve local priorities and in particular the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable people. In 2013 Kate became the Head of Safer Communities Community Interest Company.

She is currently studying Charity and Social Enterprise Management, part time at Anglia Ruskin University and also has a BA Hons (Ed) in Performance and Visual Art which she gained the University of Birmingham.

In her spare time she enjoys gardening, keeping chickens, cooking and baking (with the eggs the chickens lay), crocheting baby blankets and spending time with her lovely husband and beautiful son. 



Harry Cameron, Business Support Apprentice

Harry is 17 years old and joined the team in February 2015. When he was 14 he started attending Fire Cadets at Stone Fire Station and later went on to complete his Level 2 BTEC course in Fire and Rescue at Haley Community Fire Station. He then went on to study Level 3 Diploma in Public Services at Newcastle-under-Lyme College before going accepting a role as the Safer Communities CIC Business Apprentice.

His role includes managing the office, provided much needed social media and website support to the team, administrating the various projects and running monthly reports on community room usage.

In his spare time Harry enjoys playing rugby and watching Stoke City Football Club.


James Hettihewa-Young, Princes Trust Programme Manager

James graduated in 2004 with a BA (Hons) Degree that led him into roles with record labels in London and as a national broadcaster. Despite enjoying these roles he realised that he wanted to support the community with more of a front facing role.

James joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2009 as a Retained Firefighter at Lichfield. He then went on to be a Community Safety Officer in Lichfield District where he oversaw activities for Children and Young People in the Eastern Service Delivery Group (Lichfield, East Staffs and Tamworth).

In 2013, Safer Communities CIC started on its journey with the Prince’s Trust where James has overseen the development of this partnership. Safer Communities CIC is now a Delivery Partner for Team, xl and Get Started programmes.

James is a devoted father and husband and adores vinyl records and obscure films and has a continued aim in life to encourage young people to be interested about politics and making a positive difference in their local community.



Joyce Underwood, Princes Trust Team Leader

Joyce Underwood has worked with the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service since 2007 delivering a wide range of Apprenticeship programmes throughout Staffordshire. In 2014 Joyce was appointed to the role of Princes Trust Programme Leader at Stafford, where she now works delivering the Princes Trust 12 week Team Programme to 16 to 25 year olds.

Joyce has worked in training and teaching all of her life and is passionate in her role in supporting young people to be inspired to achieve their goals. Joyce has gained a number of qualifications throughout her journey which include Level 4 Certificate in Teaching, Level 3 in Assessments, Level 4 in Quality Assurance and Level 5 Management qualification which she gained during her role as Training Manager for DHL a number of years ago.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Ruth Kewn, Princes Trust Team Assistant Apprentice

Ruth Kewn started Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2012 as Business Administration Apprentice at Lichfield and Chase Terrace Fire Station. In 2013 she gained a position in the Safer Communities team and in September 2014 became the Team Assistant for Princes Trust Team Programme currently being run at Stafford Fire Station for 16-25 year olds on a 12 week development course.

Before Starting in Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Ruth attended Stafford College where she studied Level 1 & 2 Diploma in Public Services and Applied Law.

In Ruth’s spare time she likes to spend times with her family, see friends and go shopping.




James Middleton, Princes Trust Team Assistant

James Middleton joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as a volunteer in September 2014. Since working with the Service he has received training in several areas such as HFRC's, Street Stadia, and Princes Trust Team Leader Training.

James has a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and is interested in gaining experience in the public sector to further his chances of gaining employment. James's experience before volunteering was mainly coaching and leading young individuals in a variety of sports, but mostly tennis.

James has recently been successful in gaining a position within CIC to the role of Assistant Team Leader for the Princes Trust Team Programme. This involves assisting the delivery of the Team Programme which aims to enable disadvantaged young individuals to shape their own future and getting them on a path to achieve something that they wish to achieve.

James enjoys keeping fit in his spare time, taking part in a variety of sports such as football and cycling and often trains in the gym. He also enjoys watching films, both in the cinema and at home, one of his favourites is "Into the Wild".