the streetwork TEAM

StreetWork is built around a tight knit team of dedicated, specialist youth workers, led by Helen Banu a seasoned non profit professional.  

Most back office support is provided by volunteers, allowing us to dedicate over 80% of funds raised to our front line activity.  

Helen banu, executive officer

Helen is responsible for driving StreetWork to the next level, building on the solid foundation established under prior leaders.  Over the past 30 years she has held senior management and leadership roles across the not-for-profit sector with a focus on youth development and volunteer management.  Helen was instrumental in professionalising StreetWork's operations and is now leading our expansion to new communities in Sydney's north.



Tom, hailing from Sydney's Southwest, has been a youth worker since 2002.  He has worked in a broad range of roles, from youth accommodation services, to employment services and the sports and recreation sector.  In recent years Tom moved to youth work management and brings his expertise to leading StreetWork's new Northern Beaches operation.



amy tuRner, YOUTH worker

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Amy Turner OAM is a former semi professional Australian rugby 7’s player. Amy has been a Youth Worker for 3 years and is currently completing her Diploma in Community Services. Amy is very passionate about working with young people and hopes to share her experiences and hopes to be a positive mentor for our Youth of today.

Alistair Webster, youth worker

Alistair has had broad experience in Youth Work across Sydney's North for a number of years.  In 2013, he was recognised for his contributions, being named Young Citizen of the Year in the annual Australia Day honours. Alistair has a Bachelors degree in social studies and a Certificate IV in youth work. In addition to StreetWork, he also works at youth centres in Chatswood and Gordon. 



Emma drake, youth worker


Emma is a qualified Occupational Therapist and has a strong history working with youth.  her passion for sport and an active lifestyle saw her rise to play netball at a professional level. A Manly local, she now wants to support local teens, working alongside them to help build and achieve their goals.



Sio has a vast experience which spans over 20 years in working with youth across both Australia and New Zealand. He holds a Diploma in Social Work and is currently completing his Certificate IV in Community Services. He excelled in sports in College reaching representative levels in both basketball and athletics. He is well versed in DJing and plays instruments such as guitar and drums (African & Rarotongan drumming). His passion is to help individuals whom are in transition to the next stage of their lives.


jAMES BLACK, youth worker

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James is a Social Work graduate who has worked across the youth sector in Northern Sydney for the best part of a decade.  He loves the work StreetWork does and is an advocate for the young people they work with.  James recently returned from living in the USA where he was able to explore his passion for music and food.