The Shropshire Supports Refugee Team

Director - Amanda Jones

With the emerging migration crisis at the forefront of the news in 2015 Amanda found herself wanting to make a difference. Whilst taking a career break to have her son, Amanda started arranging collections of items for arriving families and even went to Calais with a caravan for a migrant family. The snowball effect of this was amazing and in 2017 she formed Shropshire Supports Refugees (SSR) a Community Interest Company (CIC).

Throughout her career Amanda has worked with children with disabilities in a number of different contexts ranging from working in special needs schools as an assistant to working in respite residential care, outreach and as a social worker assistant in the disabilities team. Her career then continued along the path of working with children in the care system for approximately 15 years. Her passion, enthusiasm and dedication to making the world a better place for all is an inspiration to all those who work with her.


When not in the office Amanda can be found walking and camping in the beautiful Shropshire Hills amongst  nature. She has keen interest in health and wellbeing and enjoys spending time with her husband and sons.

Robert Douglas—Project Support Manager & Volunteer Director


Robert Joined SSR in 2019 after a 30 year career in education starting off as a secondary school teacher and then working in a number of senior management roles in local education authorities. One of his last roles was Deputy Director of Education for Capita Symonds where he worked across the education sector and with multi academy trusts. 

When not in the office Robert is a governor of a local secondary school in Shrewsbury and he enjoys running and hopes to complete the big 6 world marathons over the next couple of years. 

Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator - Emma Hughes

Emma joined SSR in 2020 after working in a local pub as a restaurant manager. Looking for a different direction which included helping people, the opportunity to work in a community interest company setting was one not to be missed! With a background of customer service, a palette of creative skills and a keen eye for all things admin gained through various roles including setting up her own floristry business she is now an invaluable member of the team.

When not in the office Emma can be found enjoying time out with friends and family, or at home with her head in a book!

Assistant Office Manager - Deborah Phillips