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Just Good Friends Club

Just Good Friends Club

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The JGFC Team


We are dedicated to providing a safe place and exciting memories for adults with learning disabilities.

We've been committed to this goal for over 22 years and hope to continue for many more.


Trish Charity

Chief Charity Officer

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Sare Beecroft

Chief Operating Officer

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Alison James

Grants and Funding Officer

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Gemma Beecroft

Charity Coordinator

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Bec Deville

Support Worker

(Lead at Bolsover, Sports, Chesterfield, Dronfield and Nightclub)

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Clare Webster

Support Worker

(Lead at Whitwell and Pinxton)

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Trish Charity

Chief Charity Officer

In 1997 Elaine and I were asked to volunteer for a new club that was being set up after consultation with an advocacy group for adults with learning disabilities. At the time I was working full time, helped in a family business and had four wonderful children to bring up….. I said no!!! Before the club started tragedy struck and we lost friends and colleagues including John the founder of JGFC in a devastating accident. Elaine and I then decided we would volunteer for a month to help get the club started …. And that’s where our journey with The Just Good Friends club began...



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Sare Beecroft

Chief Operating Officer

In March 2016 my Daughter asked me if I would consider becoming a Trustee at the club where she had recently started working following completing some voluntary work there as part of her degree. I was unsure whether or not to become involved as it was an area I had never given any thought or support to previously. My Daughter assured me that they were looking for the contribution of my business mind etc I agreed to take part as I had seen how important the club was to my daughter and I wanted to support her, as always. April 2016 I attended the initial meeting to find out what the role was all...



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Alison James

Grants and Funding Officer

I originally joined the Just Good Friends team in November 2016 as an admin assistant but more recently I have been appointed Grants & Funding Officer which means it’s my job to submit lots of funding applications in the hope that at least some of them are successful! The team here at JGFC are fab and I love coming to work. I also love seeing how much our members enjoy attending our clubs and events.

Away from work I've been happily married to CJ for 32 years and have three amazing children. In my spare time I enjoy music, dancing and going to the theatre. You will often find me at live...


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Gemma Beecroft

Charity Coordinator

I joined JGFC in July 2017 as a volunteer after finishing university. I always wanted to get involved with the charity after seeing how amazing it was through the work of my sister Amie and Step Mum Sare who were both already involved. When I met the rest of the team, I knew that this was a place I wanted to be and was made to feel welcome from day 1. I initially volunteered at the Chesterfield club, the Fun Sports club and also the nightclub event whenever I could and was delighted when a few months down the line I was offered the role of lead support worker at Whitwell and Sports. When we opened our newest club in Dronfield in December 2019 I was...


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Bec Deville

Support Worker

(Lead at Bolsover, Sports, Chesterfield, Dronfield and Nightclub)

After having a good few years off of work to be at home raising my family it was time for my youngest baby to start full time school, I looked at different options and had always had a passion for helping others and wanted take this further. I started off as a one on one support worker, we had heard about JGFC and the client I was supporting soon became a member and we both loved what we saw. It was a really enjoyable session where members, volunteers and staff could all join in and have some fun. The whole experience every week gave me the confidence to want to do more. When I heard the lead support worker job had become...


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Clare Webster

Support Worker

(Lead at Whitwell and Pinxton)

I joined JGFC in December 2016 as a volunteer after deciding I had some spare time on my hands and wanted to do something worthwhile. I already had a full time job in IT which isn’t very people focused, so when I saw an opportunity come up at the Whitwell club near to where I live I went for it! I was soon volunteering at night clubs and events in addition to Whitwell, so when an opportunity came along to make it official in August 2019, again I went for it and am now Lead Support Worker at Whitwell and Pinxton Clubs. Both clubs have a very different mix of people, so it’s great to see how well everyone gets along and the different dynamics within...


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