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 CASE 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 CASE 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. 




Dawn, having raised 2 children both of whom faced some challenges along the way, developed a passion for supporting young people navigate their journey through adolescence. She has completed a Certificate IV in Community Services and volunteered in a number of different charities. In her free time, Dawn loves swimming, surfing and playing the guitar (badly).



Jesse joined the Streetwork team in late 2018, having worked in employment services and the youth and homelessness sector for a number of years. Whilst currently completing his Diploma in Community Services, he also holds a couple of Bachelor Degrees in Commerce and Sports Business, having dabbled in both these fields before fulfilling his life passion by entering the field of community services. He is a massive football (i.e. soccer) fan, loves all things sport, but above all, he loves building relationships with young people and seeing them grow beyond their own expectations.



Eliza has been passionate about working with teenagers for multiple years and has a strong understanding and awareness of the struggles that young people face. Eliza has worked in multiple youth related roles such as at youth centres, youth accommodation services, Lifeline, and Family and Community Services. Eliza adopts a person centred, strengths-based approach to increase positive emotions and overall wellbeing in the young people that she works with. Eliza has a Bachelor of Counselling and Behavioural Science, Graduate Diploma of Sexual Health, and a Masters of Life Coaching.  Eliza loves going to the movies and the beach, nature, animals (especially dogs), vegan food and crystals.

JAMES BLACK, youth CASE 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.