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Founded in Oxford by Paul Hawgood in January 1982, Archway has been helping to relieve the distress associated with loneliness, its causes and impact. Archway’s inspiration and values are derived from the Christian faith but we are committed to serving those hurt by loneliness irrespective of religion, culture, gender identity or personal circumstances.


As a small staff team working with a committed Board of Trustees and a team of over 80 volunteers we achieve our goals through our core mission and values:

  • Working with compassion

  • Conveying hope

  • Respecting the potential and value of each person

  • Working towards sustainable solutions

Who We Are

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Staff Team

Archway's skilled and experienced Staff team fulfill a range of roles, and all work part-time to maintain and develop our vital services to alleviate the pain and distress of loneliness and its associated impact on physical and mental health.

Lesley Bourne

Social Group Leader (18 hrs)

Victoria Challenger

Social Group Leader (21 hrs)

Jacqueline Cole 

Finance & Office Administrator (24 hrs)

Nita Fisher

Services Support Worker - Individual Support & Training Assistant (18 hrs)

Angelo Fernandes

Chief Executive Officer (32 hrs)

Anna Hinton

Volunteer Manager (24 hrs)

Alison Lee

Services Support Worker (6 hrs)

Louise Longson

Chief Operating Officer (28 hrs)

Conrad Westmaas

Promotions & Communications Co-ordinator (25 hrs)


Our Friends – with a capital F! - are individuals aged over 18 years who have given their consent to be referred, or have referred themselves, to Archway and are actively engaging with our servicesThey have self-identified as lonely and/or socially isolated.

Volunteers are the amazing, dedicated and compassionate team who take on support roles to enable us to provide our Individual Support and Supportive Social Group services (including Transport).

They are all trained & DBS checked.


Ros Alstead OBE

Chris Booty

Lynne Davies-Craine

Charlotte Gelder

Priyanka Jha

Tessa Rea

Penny Smith – Treasurer

Chris Taft – Chair

Anne Tarrasenko Secretary

James Tweed  

Alastair Turnbull


Sir Tony Baldry

Sir Hugo Brunner

The Right Revd Dr Steven Croft

- the Bishop of Oxford

Mrs Felicity Dick DL

Mr Jeremy Irons

Lindsay Mackie

Mike Wooldridge OBE


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We have signed the Oxfordshire Inclusive Economy Charter to support a more inclusive County.

The Charter was created by the Oxfordshire Inclusive Economy Partnership,

a group of over 100 organisations working together to share knowledge, expertise and resources to address some of our greatest challenges.

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