Loughton (Spark)

Loughton (Spark)

Spark will create opportunities for young people to receive emotional support, whenever it is needed, to enhance their wellbeing.

What we do

Spark provides a range of counselling and mentoring services for children and young people and their families in the Epping Forest and surrounding areas. We deliver these services in primary and secondary schools and within the community. We believe in building relationships, coming alongside a young person and their family, inspiring a sense of hope together.


Community Counselling

What is counselling?

Counselling provides a safe and confidential space in which to explore your feelings with a trained professional who will listen to you and help you find ways to deal with emotional issues.

One to one counselling for age 11-23

Our sessions last for approximately 40 minutes with a friendly, trained counsellor. You will be invited to meet us at Spark before your first appointment to ensure you receive the appropriate support.

Community Mentoring

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is an opportunity to build a relationship with another person who can be a positive and consistent role model in a young person’s life. A mentor can encourage a young person to make the right life choices and reach their potential.

One to one mentoring for age 11-23

A weekly meeting with a mentor in a relaxed environment. Meetings last approximately 1 hour and are an opportunity to talk through any issues or challenges a young person may be facing.

Counselling and Mentoring in Schools

Our schools work is for children in primary years 5 and 6, and young people in secondary years 7-13.

  • One to one counselling on school premises with a qualified and experienced counsellor
  • One to one mentoring with trained mentors
  • Lunch time drop in sessions
  • Group mentoring workshops
  • Peer mentor training

Family Support

Our dedicated Family Support Worker offers 1:1 parent support, group parent support and family communication sessions, with the aim of promoting positive relationships within the family.

Our people

Adele Rogers

Branch Leader

Adele co-founded Spark in 2009 as a result of seeing a need to support young people in the area. She believes that there is a huge amount to be done to meet the emotional and mental health needs of our young people and is passionate about making a difference by providing a service that is accessible to everyone.  Adele is married with one child.

Abigail Andrews

Family Support Worker & Counsellor

Abi is a mother of three, and is acutely aware of the difficulties that young people and families face in today’s world; in her role as a qualified counsellor she has experience of working with those dealing with day to day stresses and those struggling to overcome serious mental and physical abuse. To this end, Abi is passionate about working with young people and families and feels that their mental health is as important as their physical health.

Hasna Maliq

Mentoring Coordinator

Hasna joined Spark as a Mentoring Coordinator in November 2021. She is passionate about working to better the lives of our future generations. Hasna is married and has a bright and beautiful toddler! 

Amanda Kelly


Amanda's passion is working with people, helping them through tough times and facilitating the changes they desire for life. Life can be difficult at times we can find ourselves in a dark place with uncertainty and sadness hanging over us. Having somebody who is focused just on you, who listens and will help you help yourself can make all the difference.

Mary Knapman

Operations Manager

Mary joined the team at Spark in spring 2019 as a part-time administrator and feels fortunate to be part of a team that is making such a difference to the lives of our young people. Mary is married with two children and enjoys coaching athletics at her local running club.

Josh Scott

Youth Worker (Mentor)

Josh joined Spark in 2012 as a Youth Worker and soon developed a passion for mentoring. He has seen first-hand the difference that working one to one can make to a young person’s life. Josh is married, plays in a local football team and enjoys music.

Victoria Williamson

Business Manager

Victoria has worked at Spark part time since 2014 looking after the administration, funding and day to day finances. She is a wife and mum to 2 children and enjoys all sporting challenges! She loves seeing the difference Spark makes to the lives of young people and their families and feels privileged to be part of the team.


Loughton Youth Centre

106 Borders Lane
IG10 3SB 

Tel: 020 8508 6743

E-mail: spark@worthunlimited.co.uk

Volunteer Application Form

Parking is available in a car park at the front of the building

The 167 bus stop is in front of the building.

It is a 10-15 minute walk from Debden station.