Phone: 01706 345886

Address: 169 Drake Street, Rochdale, OL11 1EF

Our Staff

Lynn Collins

Service Lead

Lynn Collins

I have worked in this role with Newbarn for 8 ½ years, since in September 2006. The role of service lead is a diverse one – it includes supporting our tenants with their daily support needs, managing a fantastic team of dedicated and skilled staff and attending many local forums to both promote the service and to keep up to date with all the changes that are happening locally and nationally.


Laura McKee

Project Lead

Laura McKee

I am a qualified Social Worker and have worked with Newbarn for 2 and a half years in the role of Project Lead. As a student Social Worker I volunteered with Newbarn in the summer of 2011 and loved the values and ethos of the organisation.

My day to day role involves managing a specialist staff team who support people with dual diagnoses of mental health and learning disability.

I am qualified at level 3 Counselling Skills and I am now in my second year of a MSc in Leadership in Health and Social Care. I am soon to complete my ASYE (Assessed and Supported Year in Employment for Social Workers)


Tony Giddins

Business Manager

Tony Giddins

I have been at Newbarn for over 4 years now, initially to help with marketing the company; nowadays I deal with the running of the office, including making sure we have all we need to keep the office running. I also maintain and train people on the IT and office systems including photocopiers, printers, mobile phones and computers. I manage the various properties we use, liaising with Landlords and our excellent Maintenance Team all to help to make sure our Tenants are happy in their homes.


Elliot Skorupa

Project Lead

Elliot Skorupa

I am a MA qualified Social Worker having previous experience in Children’s Services and Leaving Care Services. I have been involved with Newbarn over the last 4 years beginning with my 1st year student placement in January 2012.

I have recently completed my ASYE and I am looking forward to supporting the future students as a Practice Educator. My current role involves supporting Tenants from the initial referral throughout their time in Newbarn. I undertake Support Planning and Risk Assessments, offering advice on safeguarding and supporting people toward enabling positive change.

In my spare time I love the outdoors including climbing and running and I would hope to share this with others as a way of maintaining good mental health.


Gary White

Support Worker

Gary White

Hello..! I have a varied background with many different life experiences. I am an ex-professional boxer and I currently also coach boxing in Littleborough in my spare time. I love working with our tenants as it leaves you with an enormous sense of well being. I have started training again and look forward to an increase in my fitness and have recently taken part in Bereavement Counselling training which has been both eye opening and I have learned a lot about both myself and the course.


Jill Kitching

Team Lead

Jill Kitching

Hello my name is Jill and I'm a Team Lead at Newbarn Ltd. I started working with Newbarn 3 years ago though my post has included a number of roles including Artist, Personnel and even Gardening. I support Newbarn tenants through encouraging independence and by helping with practical issues such as budgeting and supporting to appointments. My area of expertise is Autism Spectrum Disorders and I am familiar with Social Stories. In addition I support the Project Lead in her role of Safeguarding tenants and leading a team of staff. In my spare time I relax with my family and still get time to do the occasional piece of artwork.