Meet the Team

The Elm Foundation team comprises of staff members and trained volunteers.


of The Elm Foundation

The story of The Elm Foundation began in 1985, which was when we launched our charity under the name of North Derbyshire Women’s Aid. Our aim in the mid-eighties was exactly the same as it is today: to provide a range of services and much-needed support to any man, woman or child affected by domestic abuse.

The organisation went on to be known as Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Services (DDVSAS) before relaunching as The Elm Foundation in 2018. 

The Elm Foundation

The Elm Foundation has been helping people affected by domestic abuse for more than 35 years.

Free confidential counselling

About Us


Our Values

We are affiliated to Women’s Aid Federation England, the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. We are also accredited by Safe Lives, which is a charity that aims to end domestic abuse for good. 

Our integrity and values underpin the work we do with people who have experience of domestic abuse. At The Elm Foundation confidentiality is of the utmost importance, and the help and support you’ll receive will come from highly-skilled professionals you can trust. Our support workers are welcoming, they don’t judge, and they work to empower you. They will listen to you and encourage you and equip you with the necessary tools, so that you can make informed choices. 

We know that domestic abuse can affect anyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation or disability. We believe in equality and offer support to anyone who needs it.

The centre is a safe space where people can talk freely about their experiences. We can provide secure refuge if needed, and we work to raise awareness about domestic abuse in the wider community.

  • Jadah

    Community Service Manager

    By leading the Community Outreach teams, Jadah offers support to the victims of domestic abuse by offering 1:1 sessions, group sessions, or via the phone.

  • Helen

    Head of Operations

    Helen oversees the operational running of all of The Elm Foundation services.

  • Jennifer


    As the Chief Executive Officer, Jennifer continues pioneering support across Derbyshire and nationally for improvements and rights of those affected.

  • Chelsea

    Refuge and Children and Young People Service Manager

    Chelsea manages the Children and Young people's team, and the daily running of our refuges.

  • Sadie

    Therapeutic Service Manager

    Sadie provides empowerment and development to those who experience domestic abuse through services that heal victims.


Landline : 08000 198 668

Mobile (text only) 07534 617 252

Charity Number : 1007317

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