Branches Serving the Community with Young People at its Heart
 BranchesServing the Community with Young People at its Heart

Our Team

Branches Young People's Support Services consists of a team of committed and experienced Staff and Volunteers. 


Allow us to introduce ourselves to you.

Dave Goodspeed

Dave Goodspeed



Dave is a qualified Youth And Community Worker and holds a Masters Degree in Therapeutic Child Care.

He has worked with Children and Young People for over      20 years in a variety of settings including managing a residential unit for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Dave has pursued his interest in groups in his continuing professional development training at Oxford and Reading Universities and has run many experiential or task orientated groups for young people and staff teams.

Dave's children went to Botley School.

He likes to be outside breaking stuff for making stuff.


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Diane Long

Diane Long



Diane is a qualified Youth and Community Worker. She has managed youth services and early intervention services for  14 years for the local authority. 

Diane has a Masters degree in Community Education and has specialist knowledge of working with young people on the autistic spectrum.  She is a Family Links Parent Group Leader, facilitating parenting courses for parents and carers with younger children.  She also has an applied background in the Theatre and Youth Theatre. 

Diane lives in Botley with her family and is currently

learning to ride a motorcycle!



The Raise Pop-Up Cafe Team


For the Raise Project in summer 2017, we recruited and trained a fantastic team of Volunteers to help us plan and deliver the project and support the involvement of 9 Young People in running the pop-up cafe. 


A huge thanks to all of them for their commitment, hard work and the passion and effort they put in.


They're not all in the picture, but thank you to you all. 

People in the photo: Emmett, Farah. Gloria, Clive, Mark, Nosheen, Emma, Steve Al, 

 and all the Young People.


Branches is rooted in the community of Botley.

We believe that a community needs a place where people can come together to chat, eat, drink and laugh.

Above all, we believe that young people need a safe space of their own to play, learn and grow. 

To know more about us go to our story thus far...



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