Family Matters York is a small charity which cares about and supports families of all shapes and sizes. Founded in 2001, we operate from a small office at Dilston House, 65 Lawrence Street, York YO10 3BU. We employ several staff and work with a number of individuals who we train to deliver our parenting courses and provide our relationship support. Motivated by Christian faith, we work across the City of York, and in surrounding areas.


Emma Marshall | Couples in Crisis Coordinator

Emma joined the FMY team in 2019 and is married to Tom who works as a primary school teacher. They have two young children. Together they are a Support Couple for Couples in Crisis. Emma heads up the Couples in Crisis team and can be contacted by email at 

Tineke Orridge |  Volunteer Office Coordinator

Tineke volunteers for a day a week in the office, working directly with Laura and assisting with administration and general office duties.  Tineke and her husband have recently chosen to settle in York, having had a wide variety of roles in a wide variety of places over the last 20 years or more.

Helen Atkinson | Parenting Coordinator

Helen is a Parent Educator trained to National Occupational Standards. She previously taught Maths in Inner London secondary schools for 10 years but found parenting a spirited toddler a much greater challenge. She has headed up the parenting team for the past 8 years and is committed to encouraging and supporting parents.

Helen can be contacted on 07393 147259 or by email at

Laura Hambleton | Manager

Laura has worked in the charity sector for more than 10 years, both in large national organisations and smaller charities like ours. Her expertise lies in fundraising, marketing and events management. Laura co-ordinates all of the staff and volunteers and guides the charities strategical plan and hopes to keep us on track to reach as many families and couples in the city as possible.



Our Board of Trustees

We are very grateful for a team of trustees who give their time voluntarily. The board meet around 10 times a year and oversea the running of the charity. They are in regular correspondence with the staff and we all enjoy a close and friendly working relationship.

Jo Bloss

Jo has been involved with Family Matters York as a trustee since 2005 having worked for 15 years as a family lawyer in relationship breakdown. Until recently Jo worked as a solicitor specialising in children cases and also for York Family Mediation Service. She is also a volunteer in the couples workshops in prisons.  She is married and has teenage sons.

Howard Landon

Howard is our most recent trustee to join the team. He came onboard during the 2020 lockdown, but has been involved with with Family Matters York for many years.

Jill Ross 

Jill and her husband Tom became also volunteer as Couples in Crisis mentors. They have two grown up children and 3 gorgeous grandchildren. Jill works as a specialist in Public health at City of York Council and has a private Counselling and Supervision practice.

Martin Rowley BEM

Martin joined the Family Matters York board in 2015.  Married to Elizabeth, our Couples in Crisis Co-ordinator he has volunteered for the charity for several years before becoming a trustee.  As a profession he provides Family Funeral Services through Rowley & Sons, based in York.

Martin was awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) in the Queen’s 2021 New Years Honours List for services to the community in York