Charity and Governance:

GIV has made a successful application to the Charity Commission for Charity status and is now a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)


Charity Number   1173289


Get Involved Volunteering supports secondary schools by encouraging KS3 students into community volunteering. Evidences indicate that through participation in the programme students – particularly the most vulnerable – grow in self-confidence and self-esteem as well as developing valuable life skills. We recruit post-16 student mentors and adult volunteers to support the young people in their volunteer journey.

Supporters and Volunteers


GIV has a trustees board with 4 members and a local coordinator.


Ms Debbie Greaves-Local coordinator

Debbie has lived and worked in Milton Keynes since 1984. Formally a teacher, in London and then in MK, she went on to work with several local development charities, including MK Fair Trade Forum, Powerful Information and the MK Global Centre (she was a Founding Director). She also worked for several years in the university sector as a fundraiser with the Open University and she was Head of Development at the University of Northampton for 5 years. She is an experienced teacher trainer, VSO consultant, project manager and fundraiser and has worked in the public, private and third sectors. She joined GI-V in 2014.

Gill Bryan-Chair

Lynn Norfolk -Treasurer

Lynn graduated in Sociology from Leeds University in 1979. After completing her degree, she worked in the Psychology Department at Wormwood Scrubs prison for three years on several research and therapeutic projects before deciding to train as a teacher. She completed a PGCE at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has worked in secondary schools since 1984 teaching a range of subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences. She was Head of Social Sciences for a number of years before retiring.

In addition, Lynn completed a Master of Social Science degree from Birmingham University and worked as an Associate Lecturer at the Open University. She was involved in the early development of the Milton Keynes Global Centre.

Lynn has lived and worked in Milton Keynes since 1984 and her four children have attended local schools. Two of her children have Fragile X Syndrome and so the family have wide experience of educational provision in the area, including special needs.


Gill graduated in English Literature and has a Master's degree in Education. She worked in schools for 41 years, the last 20 as a Head in two secondary schools in challenging areas of Bedford and Luton. Her interest in Development Education enabled me to lead exchange visits to Tanzania and Botswana and to take an active part in the Development Education Centre in Milton Keynes. She has served as a member of several boards, including school and college governing boards, an Education Action Zone, The Luton Children's Trust, the Cecil Higgins Museum Acquisitions committee, and the Luton Futures Group. Since her retirement in 2012 she has been the Chair of an Interim Education Board and the Chair of Governors at a primary school. She is an active member of the Milton Keynes branch of the Fawcett Society, and has been fully involved in a recent project looking at gender issues in local council meetings. She recently became a Fellow of the RSA and fully supports their commitment to positive social action.She is interested in theatre and has a particular interest in Shakespeare as well as contemporary playwrights such as Caryl Churchill and David Hare. She enjoys opera and other classical music as well as the visual arts. Gill is keen on birdwatching, travel and politics, and am increasingly interested in grass roots organisations in Milton Keynes, where she has lived since 1982.

Robert Angell- Secretary

Robert graduated in Georgraphy from Leeds University in 1980 and went on to complete PGCE Training at Sussex in 1989/90. He also has an MSc from Loughborough University, Robert has lived and worked in Milton Keynes since 1984. His is a teacher who has worked in several local schools and, for a number of years was an Associate Lecturer with the Open University. He has served on several charity boards including The City Discovery Centre, MK Global Education Centre and MK Play Association. He was also a school governor at a MK First School. Robert. He was co-author of the WJEC A/S Level in World Development and set up mentoring programmes for new teachers.  He is a proud Bristol Rovers supporter and father of two girls who both attended local schools. 

Michael Stark

Public servant - FCO, Cabinet Office, Education. Nowadays, a professional volunteer! Interested in anything to do with education in the UK and developing countries.

Michael Stark has recently stepped down to pursue other interests. His vision and enthusiasm for GIV gave us the very best start.   


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