Between them, our team has a vast knowledge and experience base including past work in prisons, victim support, Health and Safety, substance and alcohol misuse, mental health,  maintenance, domestic support, re-settlement and housing and life skills. The team are dedicated and passionate about the work they do.

Restart Director: Gill Butler

Gill is passionate about helping people to realise their full potential. Gill leads the team in delivering a quality service, providing supported accommodation offering a tailor-made service to individuals. Gill has over 29 years’ experience in housing, the last 10 years in a senior management role. Gill’s strength is involving clients and staff in shaping the service.

Restart is a service that offers hope to those people no one else wants to help. Seeing an individual grow in confidence gives me and the team great satisfaction. I do what I do because I care. I’m proud to have a dedicated passionate team who genuinely want to make a difference in people’s lives.”


Restart Operations Manager: Collette

Support Workers: Chris, Martin, Debbie, Shoayb

Assessment Officer: Joe



Property Services Manager: Pete

Maintenance: Colin, Ev

Domestic Support: Geri, Dawn



Restart Chaplain: vacant



Restart Admin: Dot

Here is what our staff feel about being part of the service that truly transforms lives.

“The most exciting aspect of working at Restart is how often we break new ground. Sometimes there is no path to tread, so we tread one!”

“Restart is a realistic supported doorway that steers the vulnerability surrounding leaving prison into independence and living inclusively.”

“This service is a unique and very needed service within Stoke-on-Trent area. It is very rewarding when I have been instrumental in supporting someone to find stability in their life by way of housing and identifying other areas of their life that need support to aide them to gain and maintain stability.”

“I enjoying showing the Restarters that there are choices in life no matter what your background and that positive change is possible if only you give yourself a chance. “

“Unique tailor made service. I support clients to improve their quality of life and make positive changes.”

“Restart has given me the opportunity to use my life experiences and skills to help those who need guidance to take their life in the right direction.” 


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