Joe tinkling the ivories
Joe is the Business Development Coordinator at Cloth Cat, working two days per week, responsible for generating, growing and retaining business revenue and promoting sustainability for the organisation.
He has experience of the voluntary and statutory sectors having worked in the past for Leeds Young Persons Housing Trust, Leeds City Council, Homeless Link and Barca-Leeds where he currently works for 3 days per week. His main experience is across homelessness and health & wellbeing, commissioning services, funding applications, partnership working and service development.
In his spare time he plays the piano with his band King&I at functions and charity events, plays cricket and tries to keep healthy with yoga and walking. He loves listening to music of all types, especially live music at his favourite local Leeds venue Brudenell Social Club.
Katie and her (Cloth) Cat
Katie is the Volunteer/ Temporary Operations Coordinator at Cloth Cat, working four days a week, responsible for all aspects of volunteering, the ‘Get Your Act Together’ youth project and daily running of Cloth Cat.
She has been a volunteer coordinator for 17 years starting her journey at Huddersfield University as the Accommodation Officer. Here she recruited a team of mature students to live onsite with first years and be their mentors, they and she were on call 24/7 to help young people resolve issues or
support them if they were upset and help them find their feet when they were so far from family and friends. Katie moved to Cloverleaf Advocacy in 2008 where she took on many roles in her 11 years with them from development worker to building a successful volunteering programme, which covered Yorkshire, Humber, North/East Lincolnshire and Tameside, managing over 80 volunteers at its peak. Katie has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Mental Health and Community Work, which she brought with her to Cloth Cat in 2019.
In her spare time, Katie loves to go to gigs, her favourites being Gaz Brookfield, Ferocious Dog and 90’s reunion bands. Katie loves to spend time with her teenage children, baking and socialising with her friends. Katie is the first to admit she cannot sing and has no musical talent whatsoever but knows the positive impact music has on her mental health and wellbeing, which is why she came to Cloth Cat.
Shelly by Max Wootton
Shelly is Cloth Cat’s Project Co-ordinator and founding member of the organisation back in 1999. She is responsible for overseeing the smooth day to day running of Cloth Cat and the projects we run. She also organises many of the Cloth Cat music events around Leeds (and more latterly online!)
People and music are her passion and, emerging from another local arts organisation she helped set up, she then established Cloth Cat whilst studying for an MSc in Social Research at Huddersfield University.
Proudly from Yorkshire, she has lived in Leeds since 1992, and loves the city and its people. Along with her passion of live music and being an avid Leeds United fan, she’s often up for a challenge, having run coast to coast in a day, travelled around the world and bungeed off a bridge!