The team


Kirsty Fields


Kirsty fields is the founder of Off the Streets. She has worked in the theatre on many different pantomimes and productions, has also been a nanny and helped to run a youth club for under 17s .Growing up her passion was always to help people and believes everyone deserves a chance, her positive “We can do this“ approach means any hurdle we hit we find away over. Kirsty was voted the community hero award by the police and is also a social entrepreneur .

Project supervisor

Karen Fields

Karen Fields grew up in a musical family and spent many years performing with a local operatic society . Karen had two passions in life and they were theatre and childcare and she was fortunate enough to follow both passions. Karen worked back stage for over ten years at a local theatre in Southend and met a number of famous names !

Karen is NNEB trained and spent a number of years nannying , and then went onto  opening her own crèche at a local sports centre in Southend .

Karen is very proud of her daughter Kirsty who founded Off the Streets  and is enjoying her time helping her.


Del Thomas

Chair Of Trustees

My name is Del Thomas and I am 38, married with 4 children and step children. I used to work as a Primary School teacher for 16 years but have been working with the homeless sector at least voluntarily for 11 years now.  I have worked for HARP as a full time project worker for 18 months now.  Voluntarily I have worked at Off the Streets since the beginning and  have also worked as volunteers and premises coordinator at 57 West, helped set up and run Street Spirit soup kitchen and have been  a manager in the church winter night shelters for 8 and half years.  For 14 years I have also been a Street Pastor including being the coordinator for 5 years, Street Pastors go out every Friday and Saturday evening and work  in the town centre ensuring everyone who is out is safe. I was awarded an Essex Unsung hero award in 2012 and made a diamond community champion in Southend for 2012. I wrote the bid that meant Southend street Pastors was awarded the queens volunteer award which is the equivalent of an MBE.

Sally Mortimore


Sally Mortimore is a registered social worker who has worked with children and families for 25 years in Child Protection services in both local authorities and the NSPCC.  Since 2014 she has been the Managing Director of a social enterprise that provides specialist services to children in local authority care and family law proceedings.  Sally has been a trustee with Off the Streets since May 2019.  Sally brings to the charity not only her background in safeguarding children and adults but also her experience in business, marketing and governance. She is the Charity’s lead Trustee for safeguarding and Data Protection. She lives with her family near the Shelter in Westcliff.


Emmet Perry


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Emmet Perry was born in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland in 1954 - he is number ten of fourteen children (7 boys and 7 girls). Alongside his partner of thirty-five years, he has two adult daughters and has lived in Leigh-on-Sea for over twenty years.


In 1972 Emmet moved to England where he trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse up until 1979 when he embarked upon a two year training course to become a qualified social worker. Between 1981-1987, he worked with Children & Families and throughout the following twenty-three years he worked in several management roles within adult services for Essex County Council. Emmet joined Southend Borough Council in 2010 where he managed the fostering service until his retirement in March 2019.


Emmet has been involved as a volunteer with a wide range of charities at different times and at different levels for more than forty years. He is the most recent trustee recruit for Off The Streets having joined in March 2020.

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Valerie Bloomfield


Valerie Bloomfield has over 20 years experience in the voluntary sector, including six years in financial management for homeless charities. She has a Master's in International Business, a Postgraduate degree in Human Rights and is a CIMA finalist. She is currently Chief Financial Officer at Y Care International, the YMCAs’ global lead in youth enterprise and employment. Valerie was born and raised in France, and has been living in the UK for over 24 years

Sara Parkinson


Sara is local resident in Southend who has been volunteering for over 2 years and in 2020 became a trustee. Sara is Board Director and Head of Town Planning at a UK housebuilder London development arm and has over 18 years’ experience in the property industry. Sara  is passionate about helping others, addressing inequality and providing opportunities for everyone. Sara lives in Thorpe Bay with her husband, young daughter and two sausage dogs.

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Claire Walford


Clair Walford is a Global HR Business Partner and has over 12 years’ experience partnering with businesses to provide advice and counsel on all aspects of Human Resources. Clair is passionate about helping others and has participated in a number of sporting events including the London marathon to raise funds for charity. Most recently Clair completed the London to Surrey 100 mile bike ride to support Off the Streets and in May 2021 Clair joined our board of Trustees.