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.
TIM SHEERMAN, YOUTH SERVICES MANAGEr, NORTH SHORE BRANCH
Tim is a youth mentor, creative communicator, coffee drinker and youtuber. Originally from Dubbo, Tim moved to Sydney in 1999 and has been involved with youth, church and community development in Sydney, the U.S. and across Europe ever since. Tim is husband to Tanya, and a massive gamer.
Thomas dent, youth SERVICES MANAGER, NORTHERN BEACHES BRANCH
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.
LUCY DAHILL, YOUTH SERVICES MANAGER - KU-RING-GAI- HORNSBY BRANCH
Lucy is the Youth Services Manager for Streetwork in the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai area. Her role at Streetwork is multi-faceted and involves mentoring young women, vetting all new Streetwork referrals as well as running community outreach and skills based programs in the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai area. She is also an out of hours volunteer police advocate for the Northern Sydney region - which is a service she is looking to set up in this area. She runs workshops and online programs, in both our schools and local community, to provide a greater understanding of the challenges facing teens, as well as the parent of teens, in a digital age. Lucy has just completed her Masters in Public Health which focused on youth mental health and well being. Lucy also hosts a weekly radio show / podcast on our local community radio station (triple H) that is a combination of current affairs / features and wellbeing.
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 AFUALO, YOUTH WORKER
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.