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 ‘harder to reach’, the opportunity to re-engage 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). We work within community social care as part of North East Lincolnshire’s Early Help offer. We also offer community individuals, families and children support with their digital skills.
Established Since


Education | Training | Volunteering |
Health and Wellbeing | Publishing |

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 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.
Additionally Stephen is a Governor at John Whitgift Academy, a Director of NEL VCSE Alliance and of Cudox Wellbeing CIC and a Trustee of Lincolnshire Community Foundation.

Fiona Wilkinson

Operations Manager

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

Stevie Evardson

Project Manager

Stevie is the Project Manager at CPO. Her key role is to plan, organise and deliver a full programme for the Children in Need project, she will support and empower the children with positive experiences, influences, activities and encourage resilience and confidence building. She will also deliver other CPO projects and ensure smooth monitoring and production processes.

Joanne Steel - CPO

Joanne Steel

Delivery Officer / Administrator

Having initially supported Joanne on one of our earliest projects she is now one of our longest serving members of staff. Recently Joanne has been appointed the Coordinator on our Building Better Opportunities project; her lived experience is proving vital in supporting those furthest from the labour Market.

Melissa Bellamy

Delivery Officer

Having a background of supporting young people in foster care and older people in residential care, Melissa works as part of the delivery team on our Grimsby Full Families project to help support local people.

Katie Fytche

Delivery Officer

Having previously been a project participant, Katie 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 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.

James Silver

Trainee Teaching Assistant

After completing a CPO project, James has now joined CPO on the Kickstart scheme. James has a variety of supportive roles, such as supporting learners and staff to raise standards of achievement for all learners.

Paul Hardy - CPO

Paul Hardy

Business Administrator

Paul 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.

 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

Janette Russon - Chair of Board

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.

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.

Fiona Wilkinson

Fiona has worked in central government for over 25 years and joined CPO as Operations Manager in 2022. She has a wide range of experience including supporting local people towards employment, overcoming personal barriers to work, and the benefits system.

Hayley Gilham

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.


To scroll through each testimonial, please click on each circle below.
I have received excellent support from everyone at CPO. They regularly check up on me to see that I am ok, either by calling or messaging me. They have advised me to contact them at any time if I am struggling with anything or need help.- Trevor
I appreciate the support CPO staff have given my family. It’s nice to know that they are always at the end of the phone.- M Gill
I was asked to go to CPO by an Employment Advisor at the Jobcentre. The idea was that I could receive help with my job search and attend confidence sessions. The attitude of the employees at CPO has been good. They have helped me to download my CV and send it to various employers; this has made my weekly job search easier. The confidence sessions have helped me to improve my communication skills. I have been impressed by the commitment of the staff, they are friendly and attentive and it is a good environment to be a part of.- Edward
In the time that I have been a Trainee at CPO I have improved my confidence and I have made friends with some of the other students. I have had great support from the staff at CPO who are always there for me and have made me feel very comfortable.- Dana
I have received excellent support, and when I need anyone to speak to there is always someone there at CPO. When I first started with the group sessions I did not like joining in the group work, but as time went on and I got to know the rest of the group, I found the confidence to open up and join in. I enjoy attending group sessions as this allows me to say what I am thinking and feeling without any judgment and that makes me feel less worried and stressed.- Craig
I have completed my Employability Passport at CPO. Before joining the course I had lost confidence in myself and had become rather withdrawn and had been referred to counselling by my own doctor. I feel that being part of the group has allowed me to share my views and be listened to. I feel like I have opened up more and can share information and ideas. I have also been able to support others within the group with my IT knowledge and this has been very rewarding. The staff have been friendly, helpful, supportive, and very approachable.- Alan
Attending CPO to improve my IT skills will be useful when applying for work. I feel like my mental health has improved dramatically, and I am now more motivated and positive about life and looking for work.- Mark
The BBO programme has made an immense difference to my life. When I left London I had to start again. I felt very isolated and lost, but CPO helped me to change that and regain some confidence. Taking part in the group activities enabled me to feel like I was a part of something again, and I started to worry less about being judged. As my communication skills improved, I became more able to talk about my issues. Working on the Employability Passport helped me push myself to search and apply for jobs. I have now gained employment as a barmaid in a pub. I gained my life back which gave me the courage to cut my hair, which was my armour for many years. Now I feel the best I ever have in over 7 years.- Teresa
I have always been grateful for all the support from the team at CPO. They have always been so kind and caring to me and I look forward to working with them as a member of their staff. I'm still nervous about starting but they always reassure me that I will do great and that they will always be there if I need them. My family is so proud of me for getting my first job; they know this means a lot because of the things I have been through. Thank you so much for the opportunity.- James
I would like to say thank you to the staff at CPO for all their help, encouragement and patience they have given James. They have helped with his anxiety and confidence as well as offering him a job. Now he will truly be able to shine. I can't thank you all enough.- Sandra
The Well to Work sessions have really helped me to improve my mental health. If I was not attending these group sessions I would be sat at home on my own. I have really enjoyed the company and have had fun with likeminded people, as it has helped me to not feel alone. I also liked the group being small as this made it easier for me to cope and feel safe.- Neil
I have found the Inspirational Speakers to be the greatest aspect of the group sessions. Listening to professionals speak about their own difficulties and how they have overcome adversity empowered me, and helped me to feel positive regarding my own future.- Allan
I came to CPO after becoming unemployed. Everyone was very welcoming, and I feel attending the group sessions on the Well to Work project enjoyable. It is a positive environment to be a part of and appreciate the free lunch they provide. The whole experience has helped me to improve my confidence and I feel I can communicate better with others now.- E Cook
CPO has improved my wellbeing. I have gained social skills and coping strategies that will allow me to deal with my anxiety in a healthier way, giving me a positive outlook on my future.- G Major
I have enjoyed my time at CPO. I have met some great people and completed sessions to improve my employment skills. Through support from CPO I was able to gain access to counselling sessions that have helped me to move forward and feel more optimistic about my future.- K Andrew
I was told about CPO and the projects they deliver by the Job Centre and I made contact straight away. I felt it was a great opportunity to attend a course where I could improve my employability skills. With CPO being so close to where I live, it helped me not to worry about leaving my dog for too long. Being a part of this project has helped me to improve my confidence and feel better about myself.- K Ramsden
I have become a lot more confident since attending the group sessions. I feel I can start to trust others again and I do not feel anxious around new people as I once did. You can ring the staff any day of the week for support.- L Williams
The support I received, downloading the NHS App, will benefit me when making appointments with my doctor. Having access to my medical records has allowed me to keep a track on my consultations. I would not have been able to do this without the support of CPO staff and their patience. I also like that, whilst I am attending CPO, I can use the Community Shop.- K Childs
I appreciate how CPO can now offer me support in my own home, on the Direct Digital Delivery project. The benefits from learning in my own home are that I have been able to borrow a tablet from CPO which allows me to practice in my own time. With the new skills that Paul has taught me on his weekly visits, I feel I am making progress which has improved my confidence, especially with the keyboard.- A Webster
I enjoy attending CPO because it is helping me with my confidence and I am learning new skills. I attend group sessions which are helping me to mix with others and I also enjoy having my lunch with the rest of the group.- D Jackson
I love everything about CPO, they are nice and friendly, helpful and it is a good place to learn. I use the shop which helps me to save money and the café’s food is brilliant as it caters for different diets.- K Shipp
I was referred by the Job Centre to attend CPO when I moved to Cleethorpes. I have been attending CPO on the BBO project and I can attend different days to complete activities, I enjoy the inspirational speakers day on a Wednesday, as it has given me an insight into different jobs and what you need to be successful. I have also attended group sessions on confidence building and completed my Employability Passport and Wellbeing booklet. The social dining is lovely as it allows you to have lunch with the other members of the group. The staff are always there if I need help with my IT and are easy to talk to.- J Clough

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

Phone: 01472 236680