To motivate, educate, inform & inspire.
Welcome to CPO

We offer a range of support in order to give individuals, who are often deemed as the ‘hardest to reach’, the opportunity to reengage with learning and/or work. We currently work with unemployed adult community members and young people who are classed as NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training).

Statement regarding CPO’s approach to the Covid-19 pandemic:
CPO’s offices at Centre4 have now re-opened BUT WITH LIMITED ACCESS to the public. We can see individuals by appointment only. If you would like to book an appointment please call 01472 236680.
All of CPO’s main programmes are currently operating and for the time being the majority of this work will be done remotely; all our staff are working. If you need any further advice or clarity, again, contact the number above.
At this time of crisis, CPO is continuing to offer community critical support for vulnerable people who are self-isolating and shielding, with welfare calls, shopping, prescriptions and IT issues. If you need this support please contact Mo, on 07872 898873 or Jo 07394 560581. The safety and wellbeing of our staff, clients and community members are at the forefront of our company delivery. Any actions we have implemented since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic are to ensure this stays the case and complies with Government advice. We are determined to make sure that we make every effort to ensure safety remains our primary concern. We continue to keep a close eye on the situation and we will deliver updates about our plans for the future, including group sessions, as things develop.
CPO’s ethos has always been to embrace new challenges and working methods, and therefore we anticipate that the ’new normal’ will involve us all working differently as a result of what we have learnt in the response phase of the pandemic. It will also help us as we face a new world in the recovery stage. Many people are now referring to this stage as the new normal. Our own Managing Director, Stephen Ryder has, to help staff, volunteers and clients, defined the new normal as follows:
“It will never be the same as it was before, there will be a new normal; but some of it will be the same, and feel normal; some of it will feel and look different but will work to the same ends, this will feel different but be normal; some of it will be totally different and achieve things that were never considered before, this will feel and look abnormal. When the dust settles all of this will be The New Normal.”
We intend to use this to guide us moving forward. There are things we do now that will not, and do not, need to change. There are things we are achieving now but that we will do better, more quickly and more efficiently. Then there will be things that we have never done before, that will perhaps be uncomfortable and difficult to adopt at first, but will make us a stronger and more robust organisation moving forward.

Established Since


Education | Training | Volunteering |
Health and Wellbeing |
Print and Design | Publishing | VOXX

Click the video to the left to get a taste of what we do…

Meet some of our people…

Stephen Ryder - CPO

Stephen Ryder

Managing Director

Stephen Ryder has a background in both education and journalism and became the Managing Director of CPO in April 2006. Stephen’s daily responsibilities include managing the organisation and business development.

Maureen Favill - CPO

Maureen Favill

Operations Manager

Maureen Favill is the Operations Manager at CPO. Her key role is to find ways of making the company more productive in its business operations. Maureen’s other responsibilities include supervising all employees and volunteers that come to CPO, as well as working with clients on our various projects.

Paul Hardy - CPO

Paul Hardy

Business Administrator

Paul Hardy is a Business Administrator and his duties include: administering the Grimsby Full Families project, preparing publication orders, maintaining and updating company documents, and assisting with media and IT training. Paul started at CPO as a regular volunteer.

Joanne Steel - CPO

Joanne Steel

Delivery Officer / Administrator

Joanne Steel is the Senior Administrator at CPO. Her duties include maintaining company documents, delivery on our Grimsby Full Families project and assisting with Building Better Opportunities, as well as financial administration, and arranging meetings.

Melissa Bellamy

Delivery Officer

Melissa Bellamy’s roles at CPO include assisting with our Traineeships, as well as working as part of the delivery team on our Grimsby Full Families project to help support local people.

Katie Fytche

Delivery Officer

Katie Fytche works as a delivery officer on our Building Better Opportunities project. Her role involves assisting and supporting our clients with things such as confidence building, computer skills and job search support.

Sharon Mountain


Sharon Mountain is a Tutor at CPO, she comes with a wealth of experience in education and training. She is responsible for the delivery of the traineeship programme and accredited courses.

 We also welcome volunteers!

Want to be part of the CPO team? Get in touch to find out how you can get involved.

Board Of Directors

Michelle Lalor - Chair of Board

Michelle was for many years the editor of the Grimsby Telegraph, who helped form CPO in 2002. More recently she has worked for Estuary TV and Lovelle Bacons Estate Agency. Michelle has also set up her own consultancy company called Southbank PR.

Sally Riley

Sally has 16 years of experience in Employment and Skills, for central government. The organisation provides a public service existing primarily for the benefit of the community and provides a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to their customers. Sally’s work involves developing support, training and employment opportunities for benefit claimants through engagement with local colleges, training providers and employers across North East Lincolnshire.

Maureen Favill

Maureen Favill is CPO’s Operations Manager and began working for the company in 2010.

Andrew Hornsby

Andrew’s role includes the day-to-day operational management of YMCA Humber accommodation services in Grimsby. The Accommodation Manager is focused on ensuring quality service delivery by equipping and empowering staff to work with residents restoratively and creatively, whilst ensuring safe accommodation provision across all three accommodation sites.

Janette Russon

As a consultant Janette specialises in helping organisations to develop effective systems and processes to support their achievement of industry relevant accreditations and standards, and win business. Utilising her extensive knowledge in Supply Chain Management and Performance Strategies she helps organisations to work effectively together.

Paul May

Paul started at CPO on work experience through the Job Centre. He proved to be such a capable, valued member of our team that he stayed on to volunteer for us, helping out with all our projects.

Stephen Ryder

Stephen Ryder joined Community Press Office in September 2004 and became Managing Director in 2006. In 2011/12 he made the strategic changes which saw CPO become primarily an organisation that focused on education, training and employability.

Jennifer Vincent

Jen has over 25 years of experience in Employment and Skills, for central government and local authority. Jen is a member of the CDI, is a Mission Mentor, a Careers Ready mentor, co-leads the Northern Lincolnshire Adviser Gathering business support group, sits within several groups within the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership as part of the Employment and Skills Board and governs at two academies in Northern Lincolnshire.

Sarah-Jane Walster

Sarah’s career has seen her work in drama, film and events management. She has delivered projects assisting those with a learning disabilities and for older people, where she used drama to combat dementia.


I have received excellent support from Nadia at CPO. She is regularly checking up to see that I am ok by calling and messaging me and has advised me to contact her if at any time I’m struggling with anything or need help, which has been very reassuring during the lockdown.- Trevor
My children have loved the activity packs that have been made up for them; they really have, also enjoyed and appreciated the support that CPO has given them. They loved doing the sunflowers and we still have some cakes to do with them. I myself have had loads of telephone conversations with staff from CPO, when I have needed it and it’s been nice to know that they are always at the end of the phone for our family. They have also offered to complete shopping for us as well.- Family from Grimsby Full Families Project
I've had immense pleasure from attending CPO's events they run for the groups. I really enjoyed the clothing event and mindfulness session. I think this place is wonderful because we really need it. I would recommend it to anyone. I even brought my daughter along with me one day and she liked it so much she signed up too.- Hayley
The free access to the gym was very important in helping me to keep a routine when out of work and has given me an interest I will continue. The health advice and assessments made me more aware of aspects of my health I hadn’t considered before.- Thomas
I have been attending the BBO project for 6 months and since I started my confidence has slowly been building and I'm finally beginning to find myself. The employability skills project is helping me get more confidence in myself, and recently I attended a networking event where I spoke publicly, which I wouldn't have been able to do without the support I've received from CPO. I am enjoying my time here; the team is brilliant.- Ann-Marie
When I left College I didn’t know what to do. I know I wanted to get a job, however my anxiety and confidence played a big part in stopping me progressing. The Job Centre recommended CPO, so I gave it a go. All the staff are kind and caring and put your needs before their own. I was also introduced to VOXX Magazine as work experience, on which I have the freedom to write articles about all sorts of things. It gives you a sense of accomplishment and it makes you proud.- James

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Centre4, 17a Wootton Road
Grimsby, N.E. Lincs, UK
DN33 1HE

Phone: 01472 236680