Meet the Team!
Our team have a wide range of skills to meet the womens needs to ensure they are supported in a holistic way.
Founder and Director
Michelle Nicholson is the founder and Director of Key Changes-Unlocking Women’s Potential. Michelle is responsible for the strategic planning and development of the organisation.
Her own experience of the criminal justice system led to an understanding of social injustices for women; this has shaped the charity’s vision and its aims and objectives. She holds a BSc in Social Science with psychology and crime, order and social control (Open University).
To tackle social inequalities, Michelle gives educational presentations to a range of audiences to enable them to better understand women’s needs and issues such as resettlement into the community.
Michelle has also had a number of articles published in this area and her very own story will be published in 2017.
Michelle won the High Sherriff Award 2015 for her leadership skills to promote change for women.
It was her leadership and the work of her team that led to Key Changes being the winners of the Social Impact Awards in 2013.
Patron of Key Changes
Women's Centre Coordinator
Finishing at the University of Leeds with a BA in Social Policy and Crime in year 2013, her education has always veered towards engaging with the community. Her copious amounts of experience from helping young individuals with learning difficulties to woking with a young people's housing charity, has meant her knowledge is well cultivated.
Shortly after she worked as an Offender Supervisor, being a key mentor in helping individuals though their sentencing.
After wanting to engage more in the community she moved back to Sheffield where she now works with Key Changes. She is a pragmatic member of our team, and her role inspires change and growth amongst the individuals she works with.
Lucy has undergone specialised training to complete her role at Key Changes. She offers a sensitive approach alongside an individual support package for those affected by the criminal justice system. Her empathetic understanding allows her to ensure a possible transition from prison to the community and encourages greater informed choices.
Lucy has a passion to develop individuals and support them to reach their true potential.
The research aims to add to limited literature concerning the multiple complex needs of women released from prison. If you are interested in outcomes of the research stay connected with us.