About Us

The Rosalie Ryrie Foundation is a not for profit organisation developed for a charitable purpose.

The Foundation was created to provide a service to help victims, perpetrators, young people, children and families through all forms of abusive behaviour including domestic abuse, child abuse (including sexual abuse) and coersive control. This covers violence and aggressive and conforming behaviours.

Forms of abuse include physical, emotional/verbal, sexual abuse and rape, neglect, religious/cultural, and financial as part of a relationship or within the home. 

The Rosalie Ryrie Foundation also covers current or historic forms of abuse including domestic abuse, sexual abuse/rape, physical abuse and child abuse either within the home, from a known perpertrator or unknown.

Rosalie Ryrie Foundation


Ann Ramsden: Founder and Service Manager

Ann has worked with children and young people for 17 years and the last five years with the family unit as a whole. Since 2009 she has developed, coordinated and delivered a multi-agency joint teen and parent group work programme; ‘Do It Different’.

Prior to this Ann has had 28 years of experiencing domestic abuse from witnessing it as a child and also as a teen violent to her father and other males in her life. To date Ann has a Life Time Achievement Award for Local Hero, NVQ Hero Award and recently became one of the four finalists for Yorkshire Local Hero at the Pride of Britain awards 2012.

Ann Ramsden and Rosalie Ryrie Foundation Achievements:

  • 2009 Winner VQ Hero
  • 2011 Wakefield Express - Local Hero Award - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2012 Finalist in the Wakefield District Business Awards - Community Enterprise category
  • 2012 Finalist in the Pride of Britain Awards
  • 2012 Winner Pride of Britain Local Hero category
  • 2013 - Invited as expert Panel member to University of Oxford - Discussion on our work regarding child to parent abuse.
  • 2013 - This Morning - Invited to discuss child to parent abuse.
  • Various Radio Interviews - Radio Liverpool, Radio Sheffield Radio Wakefield, Radio Leeds
  • Articles RRF and service users in various Newpapers: The Guardian
  • Channel 5 "My Violent Child" Wednesday 10th March 9pm
  • Halifax Building Society - Giving Extra Award
  • Oxford University Films -  Two new films have been made about the APV project and its impact. The first details the development of the study and key findings and the second focuses on impact and how this was designed into the study from the beginning. Watch the films both include The Rosalie Ryrie Foundation. http://apv.crim.ox.ac.uk/  
  • Duke of York Award 2017
  • Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2018
  • Short listed Unsung Heroes Award 2019

Support Team:

 Helen Oades - Deputy Manager

Helen has been with the RRF for 9 years. Starting as a volunteer, then Support Worker and currently Deputy Manager.  Helen is also Community Navigator through Future in Mind. Helen has experience working in residential care, working with children with behavioural, physical and mental difficulties. At RRF on a day to day basis Helen works with clients, men, women and children. Helping them to work on their behaviours, boundaries and supporting them in making a positive future.

 Through her work with Rosalie Ryle Helen has gained numerous qualifications including:

 NVQ Level 3 HSC – Children and Young People

 BSL (British Sign Language) Level 1

 She has also undertaken extensive training and developed a wide range of specialist knowledge and skills which include Neural Linguistic Programming, STOP Facilitator Training, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Safeguarding Children and Child Protection including co-facilitating Safeguarding Training with Young Lives, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and is experienced and trained in dealing with issues relating to sexual abuse and substance abuse. 

Nicola McCarthy - Support Worker:

Nicola has been volunteering at the Rosalie Ryrie Foundation since October 2010. Her area of expertise is firmly established within the child care sector; a sector she has worked within since leaving school.

Nicola has completed an NVQ Level 3 in Health Social care and her first year in counselling skills. As well as her qualifications Nicola has lots of personal experience around every day issues and life which she can apply to her volunteering role.


Darren McCarthy:

Darren has spent the past five years working in the volunteering sector. Darren has been volunteering with the Rosalie Ryrie Foundation since 2010 and supports the Foundation with its men’s group.

During the past five years his work has included facilitating a men’s group for behaviour at Sure Start in Middleton and STOP.

Dawn Clover:

Dawn started as a volunteer at the Rosalie Ryrie Foundation when she left school. Her dedication has led her to complete an NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care level and the Webster Stratton Strengthening Families Courses.

Dawn brings her own personal experiences of living with domestic abuse and the lasting effects it can have, to the Foundation and its clients.

Alison Ingleby:

Alison was originally born in Nottingham, emigrated to Australia and returned to UK to live in West Yorkshire. Alison has worked in the commercial sector, but after semi-retiring has taken jobs in the care profession. Alison is working part time as an Assistant Manger for Second Chance Headway which is a charity run centre for adults who have sustained either a Traumatic Brain Injury or an Acquired Brain Injury. Aswell as Second Chance Alison is a Befriender for Age Concern and volunteers for Rosalie Ryrie Foundation. 

Tracey Marsden

Tracey has been volunteering for RRF since 2014, helping to raise awareness by being interviewed in national press and on national television. Tracey is vocal in her support for victims of domestic abuse and teen to parent abuse. Tracey has first hand experience in gaps in provision and that early intervention and correct help can change lives. Tracey has experience in the feild having previously volunteered for Homestart and is currently Secretary for C.O.N.S.T. a voluntary group. Tracey has certificates in Communication Skills, Family Literacy, Promoting Equality of Opportunity, Wakefield Accord Drug Awareness, Managing Childrens Behaviour, Adult Numeracy, Family Numeracy, Webster Stratton Course, Do It Different, Risk and Resillience and Signs of Safety.


List Of Trustees: 

 Jayne Poppleton (Chair)      

Jayne qualified as a solicitor in 1993, working, in London and Leeds, specialising in financial services and fraud. Jayne is involved in several voluntary organisations and projects, with an emphasis on inclusion and equality. She also has experience as an informal advocate for those negotiating the complex and confusing network of social and voluntary services. Jayne currently works as a freelance consultant and writer.

Dawn Taylor (Treasurer)

Dawn joined the board in her first Trustee position in September 2017.  She has worked in the field of Human Resources and Organisational Development for 18 years and has experience working with people from different cultures and with differing life experiences.  Past personal experiences attracted Dawn to become involved with the foundation.  Originally from London Dawn has raised her family in Yorkshire since 2000.

Joanna Templay Adhikari

 Joanna joined the board in 2017. She will complete her PhD at Leeds Trinity University in October 2017, which is around adult and child victim perceptions of risk in domestic abuse. She is also a visiting lecturer specialising in violence in the family, and holds a higher education teaching qualification. She has experience of writing ethics proposals, multi-method research designs, designing questionnaires, statistical data analysis, and interviewing and analysis skills for qualitative research.

Joanna is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and has also spent some time as an Appropriate Adult, which involves providing additional support to vulnerable adults and children in police custody during their police interviews. Joanna has previously worked as a project worker in supported housing, working with adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues. She will begin a new role at University of Derby as a Lecturer in Criminology in November 2017.


Anne Smith               

Anne first worked with RRF as a service user having experienced domestic abuse first hand.  It was through her personal knowledge of the courage it takes to approach organisations for help that she wanted to become involved with the work of RRF to help other users.  Ann works in the mental health sectors, nine years as an administrator within a solicitors and now within the Legal Services at South West Yorkshire partnership NHS Foundation.