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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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Trish Charity

Chief Charity Officer

20 years ago 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 joined the Just Good Friends team in November 2016 as an admin assistant. My main duties are to run the accounts and to help with funding applications. Although I have worked in administrative roles for over 30 years I am also a qualified Complimentary Therapist. I am fully trained in Swedish Massage, Reflexology, and Aromatherapy and am also a registered Reiki Practitioner. I love music, dancing, old black and white movies and going to the theatre, especially to see ballet performances. I also love tea and cake so if you ever need to ask me a favour you can always bribe me with a cake or two – red velvet is my favourite!

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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